The event title of “Malaysia Night” is a little misleading as festivities at Trafalgar Square started at 12pm today (going all the way onto 10pm). Now in its fourth consecutive year, Malaysia Night is based upon the concept of pasar malam or “night market” in Malaysia, where fresh and cooked food can be bought, amongst other things. As Malaysians take food very seriously, I always make it a point to pay at least 1 visit to the night market whenever I visit home, as they are a great place to explore and rediscover Malaysian street food.
As I have now almost fully broken free from my full-time job, I had the afternoon free and thus took the opportunity to meet up with a friend at Trafalgar Square. The weather was lovely and the sun was out – London was in very good form.
By the way, I managed to catch a glimpse of the relatively new installation on the 4th plinth. Say hello to the Hahn/Cock, a 4.72m cockerel by German artist Katharina Fritsch. Some of his feathered friends decided to share the plinth with him today.
But onto the good stuff, namely the malaysian food on offer!
There were an assortment of savoury and sweet snacks…
In addition to hot food like curries with chicken and potato…
Freshly made roti canai (a type of fried flatbread)…
And satay (barbecued meat on skewers)!
Besides the food, there were also a number of cultural shows being performed on stage. I can’t say there was a whole lot going on when I was there as it was still relatively early in the day, but I did manage to catch the short opening ceremony.
There were also a number of other stalls selling items like Malaysian handicraft and authentic packaged food from Malaysia. The entire event was basically a quick one-stop-shop introduction to Malaysia, which will hopefully serve as a teaser to entice visitors to the country for their next holiday abroad.
Whilst I am Malaysian, I don’t often seek out Malaysian culture or the Malaysian community when in London. I have to say however, that it’s nice to see the Malaysian flag flying in the Capital once in a while.
Interested in finding out more about Malaysia? Click here for my Top 10 reasons for visiting Malaysia!