MALAYSIAN CULTURAL EVENING
OF FOOD & BATIK FASHION SHOW IN PARIS
A Malaysian Cultural Evening showcasing Malaysian cuisine and batik will be held at the Paris City Hall of the 16th District on Tuesday, 20 November 2007.
2. The event is co-hosted by H.E. Dato? S. Thanarajasingam, the Malaysian Ambassador to France and Mr. Pierre-Christian Taittinger, Mayor of the 16th District, where the Embassy and the Rumah Malaysia is located.
3. Invitees to the event are fashion and gastronomy industry players from the corporate sector including representatives from Louis Ferraud, Louis Vuitton and the French Federation of Couturiers and Designers; French Chefs from the Guy Savoy Restaurant, Les Coulisses de Chef and Cordon Bleu cooking schools; French government officials and the media. Officials from Kraftangan, Noor Arfah Batik and several Malaysian fashion designers are also expected to attend the event. Guests to the Malaysian Cultural Evening will not only get to savour Malaysian authentic dishes during the dinner but will also see the appeal of Malaysian batik at a fashion show by Ng Swee Kuang, a Malaysian born designer based in Paris.
4. The full course Malaysian dinner prepared by Perwakilan, the Malaysian Ladies association of the Embassy, under the guidance of Datin Dr Saradha Iyer, wife of the Ambassador, will give the French guests a chance to sample popular Malaysian food such as curry puffs, keropok, satay, nasi lemak, rendang, sambal udang and acar. As for dessert, traditional Malay ?kuihs? like ondeh-ondeh, kuih lapis, kuih bakar and kuih bingka will be served in lieu of the French traditional petits fours.
5. Malaysian local fruits will also be part of the Malaysian gastronomy to be displayed and served at the event. Local starfruits, jackfruits, papayas, pineapples, dragonfruits and pomelos are some of the fruits that will be flown in from Malaysia especially for the event.
6. The Batik Fashion show will showcase a mélange of east and west, of traditional and contemporary outfits in batik and ordinary fabrics by Ng Swee Kuang, or fondly known as N.G., who owns a boutique and collection called Ornel? Soie in Paris. The Muar-born designer who started off at the Designer College in Japan in the 70?s, perfected his art in France at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, a private fashion design school, where he stood out from the other students due to his overactive imagination and talent. From then, he ventured seriously into fashion designing and collaborated with various French haute couture houses such as Jean Patou and Nina Ricci. At the fashion show, N.G. will showcase on the catwalk forty of his vibrant collections inspired by the Malaysian batik.
7. All guests will be given Malaysian handicrafts as well as CDs containing selections of Malaysian recipes compiled by Perwakilan Paris and sponsored by Tourism Malaysia.
8. The Malaysian Cultural evening is one of the activities designed for the celebration of Malaysia?s 50 years of independence and the establishment of Malaysia-France diplomatic relations. Besides promoting Malaysian cuisine, the event is also part of the Malaysian Embassy?s effort in taking the opportunity to bring Malaysian batik to Paris, the world?s capital of fashion and haute couture.