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Islamabad(Staff Reporter)The Islamabad Serena Hotel continues the Culinary Arts  Festival tradition under it’s Cultural Diplomacy initiative and brings the renowned Malaysian star chef Zaidah binti Mohammad Noor to Islamabad who transported the guests to the heart of Asia with her authentic Malay cuisine and impeccable techniques in culinary arts.

Islamabad Serena Hotel in collaboration with the Malaysian High Commission, inaugurated the five-day Malaysian Food Festival at Wild Rice restaurant. Visitors to the restaurant experienced the delightfully colourful and creative cuisine prepared by the visiting chef.

Zaidah binti Mohammad Noor, a Malay chef with almost 36  years of experience started her career with cooking programmes in the 1980’s which gained country wide popularity and has also produced several cookbooks. She is now presenting Malaysian cuisine internationally through various collaborations.

The Malay Peninsula which has traditionally been a melting pot of culture and cuisine continues to retain its own unique flavour. Traditional Southeast Asian herbs and spices met Indian, Middle Eastern and Chinese spices in Malaysian food, leading to fragrant combinations of coriander and cumin, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, cardamom, star anise and fenugreek. Though generally spicy, the dishes were served with a chilli-based sambal.

Mr. Michel Galopin,General ManagerIslamabad Serena Hotel said, “We are delighted to be able to bring international flavours and gastronomical delights to Pakistan. Familiarity with other cultures especially cuisines is the best way to experience the rest of the world and we are proud to partner with the High Commission of Malaysia for this beautiful culinary journey to Malaysia.”.

He said that Ms Saidah is the first lady chef introduced to Serena 

Zaidah said, “ Pakistan is a beautiful and food lover country and I will try my best to satisfy Pakistani friends with taste and delight. If required, I am ready to take classes for Malaysian Food. ”

Zaidah is familiar with some Pakistan dishes like Chicken Karahi. She said that Malaysian food is more spicy and Pakistanis will like it. 

General Manager Serena said that  the Malaysian food festival is part of the Serena Hotels Cultural Diplomacy initiative. After the great success of the Culinary Art Thai and Turkish food festival, it is expected that the Malaysian food festival will also bedazzle the guests.