Representation of Bangladeshi food at int’l fair in Malaysia
A step in the right direction for our country’s image
The four-day long international food and beverage fair titled, “Eighth Selangor International Expo”, has begun in Malaysia. Dil Afroz, a food aficionado and another one are seen in the picture, who are representing Bangladesh in the art of cooking. A juvenile chef, Nashwan Ayaan has also participated in it. Photo: Courtesy.
Daniel Abir: The 8th Selangor International Expo 2022 – Food & Beverage has is being held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, KLCC. This year marks the first time Bangladesh has participated in this event.
Dil Afroz Naher, an entrepreneur, has travelled all the way to Malaysia to help out and organize the Bangladeshi Pavilion at the event. She had previously lived in Malaysia for the last 5 years. She has made demonstrations of Bangladeshi culinary arts, such as Tehari and many other regional Bangladeshi foods to share with the people of other ethnicities in Malaysia.
At the Bangladeshi Pavilion there are national world-class products from PRAN and Monno Ceramics, of which PRAN items have sold amazingly well. In addition to this, there is also food provided by Bangladeshi restaurants in Malaysia such as Bachelor point, Pita Gharr and Aalo Chhaya
The Bangladeshi pavilion is also supported by the Bangladesh High Commision.
This Expo may not be a grand one, but it is still a step in the right direction for our country’s image, culture and traditions to be known to the rest of the wide world and influence tourists to visit our country to further boost our tourism industry and to encourage the people of our country to improve ourselves and make it a place where people would actively want to visit, maybe, even make tourists open up business and expand our country’s trading opportunities all this will serve to boost our economy which will lead to the betterment of our society.
The four-day long international food and beverage fair titled, “Eighth Selangor International Expo”, has begun on 6th October in Malaysia. For the first time, Bangladesh has participated in the fair along with 23 other countries of the world. The Bangladesh Pavilion has allocated free of cost stalls for the Bangladeshis with special importance.
Crown Prince of Selangor State Tengku Amir Shah inaugurated the trade conference and fair at the KLCC Convention Center in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (October 6, 2022).
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony as chief guest, Chief Minister of Selangor state YB Dato’ Seri Amirudin bin Shari, “Through SIBS 2022, Selangor is taking the lead in supporting economic recovery and reinvention, not just for Selangor, but for Malaysia and ASEAN friends.”
Many Malaysian visitors, including diplomats, industrialists, investors and expatriates from the participating countries, visited the Bangladeshi stall.
On the opening day, Brishti Khatun, a Bangladeshi student of Culinary of Sunway University in Malaysia, and Dil Afroz Nahar from Bangladesh took a master class on demonstration and gastronomy of Bangladeshi food.
They presented different information about the cuisines and quality of Bangalee food to the visitors.
Dil Afroz said, “Traditional food, one of the main ingredients of Bengali traditional hospitality, has long been famous. But in the international arena, the presentation was not that way. We can do that through this fair.”
“I am feeling delighted that I have been able to present a different identity of Bangladesh in this international arena today,” said Brishti Khatun.
The fair will remain open from 9am to 8pm every day till October 9. No entry fee will be charged for the visitors. The Bangladesh High Commission has invited the expatriates to visit the ‘Bangladesh Pavilion’.
Mentionable, this largest business summit and fair has 906 booths of 623 companies from 24 countries, which set a new record.
The host Selangor state government expects that over 30,000 investors will visit the fair this year.
Dato Teng Chang Khim, counsellor for Industry and Trade of the State Council, hoped to achieve the target of 10-billion-ringgit inward investment through this fair after the corona epidemic.