KUALA LUMPUR: Promoting Malaysian food in a foreign country is not all about satisfying one’s appetite, it is also about enhancing the Malaysian culture and food in a foreign land.
Malaysian Ambassador to Chile Datuk Dr Mohamad Rameez Yahaya believed in this.
“I believe in food diplomacy as a means to enhance one’s own culture and food in a foreign land, what more a nation that is like more than 15,000km away,” he said in his welcoming remarks at the two-day Malaysian food promotion held at the Sheraton Hotel Santiago here Monday.
The event, a collaboration between the Malaysian embassy in Santiago and the Sheraton Hotel Santiago, could also be a good platform to strengthen bilateral ties, he said in a statement to Bernama.
The envoy hoped that the event could generate continued interest among the people of Chile to acquire “Malaysian taste and its food.”
“Through this kind of event, people-to-people link can also be enhanced thus leading to beneficial bilateral relations,” he said in a message to Bernama.
Mohamad Rameez also appreciated the presence of Malaysian celebrity chef, Chef Wan, who showcased his expertise in cooking Malaysian cuisine, which is rich in its diversity – with Malay, Indian and Chinese influence.
The envoy said that he would like to see more exchanges of chefs between both nations as “food ambassadors” via similar events.
According to the ambassador, Malaysian community in Santiago, Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) alumni members and ambassadors from Vietnam, India, Algeria, Haiti and Turkey attended the event.
Chileans who have businesses with Malaysia like Andes Motor that will be importing Malaysia’s proton cars into Chile in May, also attended the function, he said.
The ambassador also thanked the embassy’s staff and the “Malaysian Ladies Association of Santiago (Perwakilan), who worked hard to ensure the success of the event.