Category: Tourism News

Local street food gets a boost

By CHONG CHEE SEONG

(From left) Muar Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman Soo Lee Sin, Muar Chinese Chamber of Commerce president Datuk Sia Beng Choon, special officer appointed by the menteri besar Chris Lee Ching Yong, Federation of Hawkers and Petty Traders Association vice-presidents Lim Sin Khee and Toh Lai Huat launching the event. Pic by Chong Chee Seong.

THE Federation of Hawkers and Petty Traders’ Association Malaysia is helping to introduce Malaysian food through a nationwide street food carnival.

JOHOR BARU: Its vice-president Lim Sin Khee said among the popular street food to be promoted at the Tourism Ministry’s Fabulous Food 1Malaysia carnival are mee rebus, rojak and yong tau foo.

Speaking at the opening of the Muar-leg of the carnival here on Sunday night, Lim said 14 street food carnivals would be held in various states this month. They include Sri Petaling in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, Seberang Prai in Penang (Dec 11), Sibu, Sarawak (Dec 14) and Ipoh (Dec 14 and 15)

Among the 300 guests present at the launch were the Muar Hawkers and Petty Traders’ Association chairman Soo Lee Sin, Federation of Hawkers and Petty Traders’ Associations Malaysia vice-president Toh Lai Huat, special officer appointed by Johor Menteri Besar Chris Lee Ching Yong, Muar Chinese Chamber of Commerce president Datuk Sia Beng Choon, a delegation from Sarawak Hawkers and Petty Traders’ Association and community leaders.

Lee said food is an integral part of tourism promotions.

“Muar’s specialities include otak-otak (fish and prawns baked in coconut leaves), oyster omelette, kepala ikan pedas, satay and kway teow,” he said.

“A visit to the royal town of Muar is not complete without visiting Jalan Haji Abu, which is affectionately known as Tham Chiak Koey (or glutton street) by the Chinese community.”

Meanwhile, Soo urged hawkers to maintain a high standard of hygiene, be well-dressed and courteous to tourists.

Read more: Local street food gets a boost – Johor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/johor/local-street-food-gets-a-boost-1.181493#ixzz2EFfPdSdq

Category: Tourism News