More Halal Chinese Dishes Please

December 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen has urged Chinese halal food operators to introduce more varieties in their menu and it would attract more local Muslim customers and Muslim foreign tourists to their premises. This report comes as no surprise as about 60 percent of Malaysians are Muslims and they like to eat Chinese food, and so the authorities want to have more choices, in the same breath, transform the country into a halal food hub, she said after launching the Fabulous Food 1Malaysia (FF1M), here Saturday.

Which Chinese dish would you like to eat if it was halal?

Malaysian food is unique and if you ask any Malaysian, they would proudly tell a foreign tourist that no one should leave Malaysia without sampling some. The trouble is that while Chinese food is tasty and popular, most are non-halal, so if this works out, more and more Muslim tourists would be able to enjoy popular Chinese dishes.

Do you like Chinese food? What do you think of this idea?

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Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen has urged Chinese halal food operators to introduce more varieties in their menu.

She said it would attract more local Muslim customers and Muslim foreign tourists to their premises.

“About 60 percent of Malaysians are Muslims and they like to eat Chinese food, so we want to have more choices, in the same breath, transform the country into a halal food hub,” she told reporters after launching the Fabulous Food 1Malaysia (FF1M), here Saturday.

Ng said, last year 24.6 million tourists visited Malaysia, which earned the country RM56.5 billion.

“Of the amount, RM9.7 billion or 17.2 percent was derived from food and drinks,” she said.

FF1M, introduced in 2009, is to promote Malaysia as a country that has a rich diversity of food and is held for three months beginning in October, with a different theme each month.

Ng said the theme in October was ‘Malaysian International Gourmet Festival’, while in November, ‘Asean Heritage Food Trail with Chef Wan’, and in December, ‘Street Food and Restaurant Food Festival’.

She said three main foods were made the theme for FF1M this year, namely rendang, char kuey teaw and nasi beriyani which represented the three main races, Malay, Chinese and Indian.

FF1M, organised jointly with the ministry and the Selangor and Federal Territory Ku Su Shin Choong Hung restaurant associations, is held for three days beginning yesterday and also involved the Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Operators Association and Malaysian Indian Restaurant Operators Association.

Last year FF1M received more than 200,000 customers, deriving an earning totaling RM5.5 million.

Source: Bernama

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