News From : DagangHalal.com (14 Sep 2010)
SHANGHAI, Sept 14 (Bernama) — Tourism Malaysia will help facilitate some of China’s famous halal restaurants to introduce Chinese-style halal cuisine in the coming three-month ‘Fine Dinning Festival’.
The Shanghai Cuisine Association is now working with a Malaysian Chinese restaurant group to put up some of the great dishes of China’s halal restaurants during the festival.
The association would also hold a seminar on Chinese halal cuisine, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said at a meeting with association chairman Shen Siming here yesterday.
Dr Ng is here on a four-day visit to officiate the Malaysia Pavillion Day celebration at the Shanghai EXPO on Sunday.
That night, she will also officiate a musical concert at the Shanghai Concert Hall, in conjunction with Malaysia’s 53rd National Day celebrations.
Dr Ng and her delegation exchanged views and tried some of the halal dishes with Shen at the Hong Zhaixing restaurant, a 200-year-old Chinese halal restaurant in downtown Shanghai.
Apart from restaurants in the Muslim-populated Ninxia Hui and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions serving minority ethnic-style halal dishes, there are many old restaurants, some more than 200 years old, serving halal cusine in traditional Chinese-style in Beijing and Shanghai.
The tourism minister encouraged Chinese halal restaurants to open up branches in Malaysia to add more variety of halal food in the country to boost tourism.
She said: “Malaysia is a haven for fine dining for tourists from many countries…(nevertheless) there is still a need for a variety of food.
Tourism Malaysia is holding the three-month ‘Fine Dinning Festival’ from October to December to woo tourists.
She hoped Malaysian restaurant and food operators would take the initiative to work with their Chinese counterparts in bringing in more Chinese-flavoured halal cuisine.