With its multicultural symphony of flavors, mouthwatering cuisine and better bang for your buck hawker stalls compared to its neighbors, Malaysia can humbly boast to be Southeast Asia’s gastronomic hotspot. From the avant-garde skyscraping cityscape of Kuala Lumpur to the island jewel of Langkawi to the teeming rainforests of Kota Kinabalu, your dazzled eyes and spoiled taste buds will enjoy a trip of a lifetime here. It is a country that is half-developing and half-modern, coming from a colonial history that is now being rewritten by an increasingly indigenous national identity. Thanks to its endless beaches and bottomless pulled tea, Malaysia is a land of contradictions you will never tire of exploring.
Malaysia is a richly multicultural country with a mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences, and a popular vacation destination. Its capital Kuala Lumpur is visually defined by its iconic Petronas Twin Towers, while the vibe is more quaint and historical in charming Melaka, and Borneo beckons the traveler with its beaches and biodiverse rainforests, home to incredible wildlife. Explore Malaysian tourism!
Malaysian cuisine, like the country itself, has inherited a vast array of cuisines from its melting pot of cultures. Drawing from Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicities, there is no shortage of flavors in its cooking. Read about its national dishes, including Nasi Lemak and Beef Rendang, or enjoy visual gastronomical journey through the land! Check out these restaurants in Hong Kong serving Malaysian cuisine!
Dixon Chew, President of Hong Kong-Malaysia Business Association, shares his latest insights into Malaysian business and the country’s market structure, and highlights the most exciting trends for Hong Kong and Malaysia in terms of trade. Read more here!
Hugo Tan, a 3rd generation Malaysian of Chinese descent, and Puven Sangaran, a 2nd generation Malaysian of Indian descent, engage in conversation about Malaysian culture and customs, the Malaysian community in Hong Kong, similarities between Malaysia and Hong Kong, and what they would do on a 1-day tour in Hong Kong. Hugo and Puven are both members of The Malaysian Association of Hong Kong.
Agnes Chin hails from Sarawak in Malaysia, is passionate about all forms of edible arts, and loves to cook. She is Founder and President of Edible Artists Global Academy Association (EAGAA), and Co-Founder of Complete Deelite Ltd. and Cookie Smiles. In this exclusive video, she makes Laksa Chicken Fried Vermicelli (Bee Hoon), served with coconut-coated shrimp on the side. Why not try make it at home, too?
M for Malaysia documents the historic 2018 Malaysian general elections, when Pakatan Harapan took over the government and Mahathir Mohamad became Prime Minister for the second time. Hear from Directors and Producers Dian Lee and Ineza Roussille, as they chat about the film – the inspiration, its central themes and relevance today –, Malaysia’s new leadership and what they are most proud of as Malaysians.
Meet an alum of Asia Society’s Asia 21 network, Azmyl Yunor. A former street musician, Azmyl is a critically acclaimed Malaysian independent/underground artist of his generation who has helped popularize alt-country, lo-fi folk and singer-songwriter genres in Malaysia. Get to know Azmyl and his journey, and make sure you watch until the end for a performance of his song “Social Distancing”.
Yap Mun Ching is Executive Director of AirAsia Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AirAsia Group, whose mission is to support social enterprise growth in ASEAN. She set up the foundation in 2012 with a vision of changing the way businesses contribute to society. As of 2020, the foundation has nurtured over 30 social enterprises in seven ASEAN countries. Hear from Mun Ching, an alumnae of Asia Society’s Asia 21 network!