As Malaysians, we all know our Hari Raya tradition includes visiting those we love and care about and bring each other traditional food among many others. Hence, the Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok gifted 200 “Raya Goodies” in honour of Hari Raya and to ease the homesickness of Malaysians living in the city.
The staff members and officials of the embassy came together to prepare and cook the goodies which included our traditional delicacies of chicken rendang, lemang, cookies and nuts which were picked up by Malaysians as they drove through the embassy compound.
Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand, Datuk Jojie Samuel said that the embassy’s Hari Raya Open House will not take place this year due to the global pandemic and the Thai government’s restrictions on public gatherings.
Speaking to Bernama, he said, “I hope that Malaysians are able to savour the delicacies and celebrate Hari Raya moderately during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
According to the embassy, the number of Malaysians residing in Bangkok is now unknown, as a lot of them are believed to have returned to Malaysia since the pandemic began.
We’ve always had a special relationship with food and Hari Raya only proves that as true Malaysians, we bond through food, which is the case for Noor Baizura Mohamad Moktar who lives in Bangkok.
Noor Baizura sent tiffin carriers filled with chicken rendang, nasi impit, cookies and kek lapis to her fellow close friends Malaysians in Bangkok to keep up with our Raya tradition.
Speaking to Bernama, Noor Baizura said, “Amid Covid-19 outbreak, many of us are not returning home for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, therefore, I’m sending Raya dishes and cookies for my close friends here.”