Get ready for a taste of Malaysian street food. For six weeks, from October 11 through November 19, a mobile food truck serving up traditional Malaysian street fare by some of the city’s best Malaysian restaurants, will hit the streets of New York. The Malaysia Kitchen Food Truck’s stops will include the busiest city streets and squares, from Madison Square Park and Bryant Park to Union Square and Columbus Circle, as well as the food-centric Elmhurst and Flushing neighborhoods of Queens. Restaurants like Fatty Crab, Laut, Nyonya, Penang and Sedap Taste Good, among others, will hand out free samples of deliciously spicy Malaysian foods made to be eaten on the go (finger licking allowed).
The official kick-off of the Malaysia Kitchen Food Truck is slated for October 12 in Bryant Park, featuring chefs Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Crab and Hasni Ghazali of Bentara in New Haven, CT. The truck will be parked on the north side of 40th street between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas, just outside the 40th street main entrance into Bryant Park. Sampling will begin at 7am with traditional Malaysian breakfast dishes, including Malaysia’s iconic “net bread,” Roti Jala, made on site by chef Ghazali in the authentic Malaysian style: slowly pouring the batter in a hot skillet to form a net-like crepe. Lunch samplings of Kari Ayam (curry chicken) and Nasi Lemak provided by Fatty Crab will begin at 11:00 am. Fatty Crab will also be handing out food samples the day before and the day after the official launch.
The Manhattan run of the Malaysia Kitchen Food Truck will come to an end with a splash on November 5 and 6, when the truck will be stationed outside of Vanderbilt Hall for a big Malaysian food and culture celebration in Grand Central Terminal. Chef Hasni Ghazali will be sampling shrimp fritters and Mee Goreng Mamak from the truck on those two days, while the hall will be bustling with cultural shows and events and, of course, Malaysian food by dozens of restaurants.
The truck then moves to Queens for another two-week run. Here, it will be stationed in two of the richest and most diverse food neighborhoods in the city, Elmhurst and Flushing, and will feature samplings from some of the local Malaysian restaurants, including Sedap Taste Good and Restorant Malaysia.
A calendar of Malaysia Kitchen Food Truck sampling locations, dates, restaurants and dishes will be posted on the Malaysia Kitchen for the World web site (www.malaysiakitchennyc.com) on October 11th, so patrons can follow the truck’s daily progress. Updates will also be available via Twitter by following @malaysiakitchn.
The Malaysia Kitchen Food Truck is a project of Malaysia Kitchen for the World, a campaign launched this March by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) with the mission to increase understanding of Malaysia’s cuisine and rich culinary heritage among diners, chefs and restaurateurs. The year-long campaign relies on an exciting, multi-tiered program of epicurean and cultural events to boost awareness of and interest in Malaysian cuisine, Malaysian foods products and restaurants in New York City and the Tri-State area.
Malaysian food is a fascinating blend of Malay, Chinese, and Indian culinary traditions sprinkled with Southeast Asian, Portuguese and Middle Eastern influences. Its richness and diversity are virtually unparalleled and stem from the country’s captivating history as a major crossroad in the ancient eastern spice trade route. New Yorkers will get a unique opportunity to experience this incredible cuisine.