Malaysian Night 2014 Bulletin

To all the budak popular, budak suka belajar, pengawas, gangsta and budak lewat:

Thank you for traveling back to Zaman Persekolahan with us on Malaysian Night 2014!

 Malaysian Night 2014 with the theme of “Zaman Persekolahan” held in Ota Sangyou Plaza on 20th December 2014 (Saturday) was a wonderful night graced with the attendance of 156 students.

 The night was endowed by the interesting video from Shen Lim and the amazing performances from JouEn and her guitarist, Dodo, Azrie, Akmal and Eqkhmal, Zen’s group dance, Najwa, The Misplaced Kids, Omar and the committee members of MSAJ. Thank you for the fantastic ride in time machine a.k.a the wonderful performances that brought back the carefree feelings of puppy love and fond memories of zaman persekolahan.

MNMisplacedKidsCongratulation to The Misplaced Kids for being voted as the best performer of Malaysian Night!

 Not to forget the interesting “One Two Jus” game that we all played during our primary school or even secondary school days. After the tough battle of the century, the Budak Popular team came out as the winner of the “One Two Jus” game.

MN12JusThe serious face perceivable in the Battle of the Century

 Furthermore, we hope you enjoyed the delicious authentic Malaysian delicacies catered by Malay Asian Cuisine. Hereby, we would like to apologize for the insufficiency of food provided and will work to improve on this matter.

MNfoodSedap! Finger-licking good Malaysian food

 MNpupThe puppy love notes

We hope you had a fun and relaxed night! Bangun, terima-kasih murid-murid!

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1 Malaysia Food Festival 2014 at Yokohama

この度、マレーシア国際通商産業省ならびにマレーシア貿易開発公社(マレーシア政府)がリーダーシップをとり、マレーシアの本場のグルメと伝統文化が大集合する2日間のイベント「1 MALAYSIA FOOD FESTIVAL 2014」を横浜にて開催いたします。

マレーシアは、マレー系、中国系、インド系など複数の民族が1つに融合する多民族国家です。そんなマレーシアの文化を最も象徴しているのが、個性的かつ豊かな味わいが魅力の『食』です。

活気あふれる飲食ブースや食品販売はもちろん、マレーシアの国民的ソウルフード「ロティチャナイ」のクッキングチャンピオンが来日し、くるくると生地を回しながらロティを作るパフォーマンスの披露や、チャンピオンが直接指導するクッキングレッスンなど、マレーシアの「食」を様々な形でお楽しみ頂けます。

本イベントは、マレーシア料理レストランによる本場のマレーシア料理とマレーシア食品飲料の物販を中心に、「食文化」を通してマレーシアの持つ魅力を発信し、マレーシアと日本双方の発展、引いては貿易へ繋がることを最大の目的としています。

ロンドン、ニューヨーク、メルボルーン、上海などで既に開催されたこのイベントは、初日となる12月6日(土)11時より、マレーシア貿易開発公社担当官らによる開会の挨拶や、マレーシア民族舞踏のショーなど、華やかなオープニングセレモニーにより開幕します。

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マレーシア貿易開発公社東京事務所長 クア・キアット・チャイ
国際機関日本アセアンセンター 事務局長 大西克邦様
国際機関日本アセアンセンター 貿易投資部長 ソンカーン・ルアンモーニントン様
横浜市工業会連合会 専務理事 茂木三四郎様

開 催 概 要
【日 時】2014年 12月6日(土)・7日(日)10:30~20:00
【会 場】横浜産貿ホール「マリネリア」(横浜市中区山下町2)
【主 催】マレーシア国際通商産業省、マレーシア貿易開発公社
【共催】マレーシア大使館、マレーシア政府観光局、マレーシア投資開発庁、マレーシア航空、国際機関日本アセアンセンター
【後援】公益社団法人日本マレーシア教会、横浜市経済局、公益財団法人横浜企業経営支援財団、一般社団法人横浜工業連合会


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Performers Helpers Needed for Malaysian Night 2014

Calling out to all Malaysians in Japan!
We are currently searching for helpers and performers to make the event livelier for all participants attending the event.

General Details:
Date: 20th December 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 18:00-22:00
Venue: Convention Hall, Ota-ku, Sangyou Plaza, South Kamata Ota-ku, Tokyo
Theme: Zaman Persekolahanku

Benefits in joining:

  1. Gaining experience in making/perform in an event.
  2. Getting transportation subsidy (We might be unable to provide full subsidy due to financial restrictions but we will try to give full)
  3. The fulfilling feeling when you’re giving your best to make it a great night for other Malaysians and our friends of other countries.
To performers,
If you wish to be a shining little ☆star☆ just for that 1 night, we reckon you to join our Malaysian Night team!
People relive their moments better when they are part of it.
But wait! Performers need to send in their audition video to our committee. The best will be chosen and the conditions are as below:
  • Any performance is welcomed (singing, dancing, magic show, etc.).
  • Making performances related to our theme will increase your chances.
  • Time slot: 10 minutes at max.
  • Submission deadline: 13th December 2014 (Saturday)
  • The results will be informed to auditionees on the 15th of December 2014
To helpers,
We’ll be needing your kind help in our multitudes of preparation.
If you’ll be coming anyway, just be part of us and make your transportation fee cheaper~
If you are interested in being part of us or have further questions, please check out and contact us through our FB Performers/Helpers Event Page by clicking [here] or email to us at kebudayaan_sosial@msaj.net.

Slight recap of last year’s Malaysian Night

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Malaysian Night 2013’s food

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Malaysian Night 2013’s performers

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【Event】Raya with Penanglites!

Selamat Hari Raya & Penanglites Assemble!

       On the evening of the second day of raya here at Malay Asian Cuisine in Shibuya, Tokyo; in collaboration with InvestPenang as well as JAGONG; MSAJ organised a small and casual networking event for Malaysians here in Japan.  The event was attended by about 45 Malaysians students and shakaijin (working people); including Chief Minister of the state of Penang, Yang Berhormat Lim Guan Eng.

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While celebrating the second day of Raya together with Malaysians, this event was held to gather Malaysians, especially Penanglites to remind and introduce the development and growth that is in progress back home.

As soon as the MC of the event and Mr Lim Guan Eng gave their opening remarks at around 7:00 pm
– in hip Malaysian fashion- mula-mula kita makan dahulu!

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Kudos to the chef at Malay Asian Cuisine! Food is syiok as always! The menu included Nasi Briyani, Beef Rendang, Tempoyak, Cucur Udang, Samosa, Satay Ayam, Kuih-kuih raya, sagu dessert and many more! 😀

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While eating, the representatives from InvestPenang gave out pamphlets about Penang CAT which is “Penang Career Assistance and Talent Centre”. Penang CAT basically,

is set up by the Penang Government to assist job seekers with employment opportunities besides working with our Partners and Associates to create job and business opportunities in Penang”.

InvestPenang also set up a slideshow that portrayed the various investment schemes and developments in that are currently being, and will in the future be executed in Penang. So look out folks! There may just be more than Char Kuey Teow in Penang!

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Then around 7:30 pm, once everyone’s stomachs are filled and had settled down, we had the privilege to listen to an acapella performance of “Selamat Hari Raya” by Ms Nisa Paad who is semi-professional singer here in Tokyo. 🙂
She’s also a doctorate student, by the way. #baitosugoi

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With a casual joke, Mr Lim Guan Eng eases into his session at which he talks about Penang State Government’s plans for the land that is Penang, in addition to his hopes and dreams for the state of Penang, as well as for Malaysia. He also shares with the participants of the challenges that his team and himself has to go through to bring a better change for the people back home.
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“Freedom” he stresses is the keyword for the operation of the state government of Penang. He states that he believes that “Freedom” is an essential element for the Penang community. Freedom to trade,freedom to speak out one’s own opinion, freedom to choose. Those are the few examples which stem from the important principle that is “Freedom”, and that principle is one that he believes the Penang state government has to strive for, for the betterment of the Penanglites’ community. He too hopes that this same idea is adopted by other state governments.

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The talk session by Mr Lim Guan Eng was followed by a casual Q&A session participants. Here Mr Lim Guan Eng supplemented his earlier session with more clear facts concerning Penang in correspondence to specific questions by participants. Everyone was pretty proactive in speaking out their questions and thoughts. The questions ranged from topics concerning direct flights between Penang and Tokyo, as well as questions concerning homegrown Penang entrepreneurs till  subjects about ASEAN integration as well as reasons to why Malaysian students studying overseas should return home.

From my perspective Mr Lim Guan Eng had a very clear message to us Malaysian students here in Japan.

“Come back home”!

And for good reason too. He reasonably explained this during his reply to the last question of the day which was, simply put “Why should I go back to Malaysia?”
Mr Lim Guan Eng argued that yes, at the end of the day, the decision of whether to stay in Japan or to go back to Malaysia is every student’s personal decision. It is everyone’s right and privilege; it is everyone’s freedom. And living in Japan, a country which has a very developed civic minded community supported by superb governance is definitely the “safer” choice, he says.

Though if you are frustrated with the state of government of your own country, then come back home.
There are already so many real policies being executed by local governments which focuses on the importance of the rule of law, good governance, human talent and rejection of corruption.

Though if you want to be someone who contributes to the economic growth of your own country, then come back home.
There are already so many real cogs in place to propel the nation’s economic status up the value chain.

Though if you believe in the potential that the Malaysian people has as a nation, then come back home.
There are already so many real people who are back home fighting for a better Malaysian future.

This was Mr Lim Guan Eng’s message to us Malaysian students here in Japan.
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Thanks to all those involved for the opportunity!

InvestPenang: www.investpenang.gov.my/portal/
JAGONG: www.facebook.com/groups/jagongJNB/
Malay Asian Cuisine: www.malayasiancuisine.com
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Ruiz Asri
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【Event】 Raya Network Dinner with The Rt. Hon. Mr Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia

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Interested in development and employment opportunities in Penang?
Missing Hari Raya celebration back in hometown and the food you eat growing up??
Join the Raya Celebration dinner organized by investPenang!

Date : 29th July, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time : 6.30pm – 9.00 pm
Venue: Malay Asian Cuisine Restaurant, Tokyo, Japan (click to view access)

Objective:
1. Celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri with Malaysians living in Tokyo area.
2. Latest updates of development in Penang
3. Enhance visibility of Penang Career Assistance and Talent (CAT) Centre and attract talents to Penang.

Program:
6.30 pm: Registration
7.00 pm: Welcome remarks by The Rt. Hon. Mr Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia
7.30 pm: Dinner
9.00 pm: End

*Specially for Malaysian students in final year
*15 limited seats-first come first serve basis

Interested? Please register here: http://goo.gl/yYAl48

About investPenang :
Established on the 5th of November, 2004, investPenang is a non-profit entity of the State Government with the sole purpose of promoting investments within Penang. investPenang aims to sustain, rejuvenate and further promote business activity through continued investments and at the same time explore new growth areas which are profitable.
For more information about InvestPenang, please visit : http://www.investpenang.gov.my/portal/d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);

Malaysian Food in Japan: Malay Asian Cuisine

Dear Malaysian students in Japan, when was the last time you tasted original locally made Malaysian food?? We believe that many Malaysian students who are studying here in Japan miss our local Malaysia food very much!!

Unlike Thailand/Vietnam/Korean food, Malaysian Restaurants are so scarce and limited in the Tokyo Area. Whenever we crave for Malaysia Food, what we can mostly do is to cook for ourselves with the spices/flavorings that we brought from our homeland, Malaysia (I can only cook Maggie Mee Ayam at home T.T )

So, the Web System Crew of MSAJ is planning to write a comprehensive guide of Malaysian Food around Tokyo Area. Today, the first Malaysian Restaurant we wanna introduce you is … Tadaaa ~

Original Local Malaysian taste at Malay Asian Cuisine @ Shibuya!
Malay Asian Cuisine

Malay Asian Cuisine Website
Malay Asian Cuisine Facebook

Unlike the typical (the traditional kampong style like straw mats, bamboo chairs, emphasizing on the nature of Malaysia) , Malay Asian Cuisine’s interior is rather similar to the modern Izakaya style which is very comfortable .

DSC01236 DSC01237Interior of Malay Asian Cuisine: Modern Relaxing Style

Ok let’s not waste time, let’s look at what kind of Malaysian food that Malay Asia Cuisine offer:
DSC01246Malaysian Asian Cuisine’s temporary menu (when MSAJ crew visited) You can see the prices are totally affordable for students <3 (well, of course it cost more if you order drinks)

Food recommendations by the shop manager, Joe

The traditional Ayam Rendang that Malaysian mothers like to cook
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Also our all-time favorite –The Black Pepper Beef <3

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This Roti Canai is really ALIKE with the ones we can eat at Malaysia

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Not to forget some Chinese food, Roast Chicken (p/s: instead of the meat, the chili sauce is the essential point of the whole dish!!)DSC01262
After the delicious main dishes, not to forget their homemade taste, Pandan Cake!!
DSC01263Are you starving already??

MSAJ Crews overall review of the dining experience at Malay Asian Cuisine :

1) Authentic Original Taste of Malaysian Food
The MSAJ web system crew was really delighted and touched when we tasted the food! The food they served really tasted like the taste of homeland food. Almost no difference and some even tasted better than the food we can get at Malaysia. If you want to introduce your friends from other countries of what REAL Malaysian food is, or sometimes when you crave for original Malaysian food but have nowhere else to go, Malay Asian Cuisine is definitely the best place to visit ♡ I personally like the roti canai (well, the portion was inadequate though)

2) Serves some rare Malaysian Dishes
Beside serving some mainstream dishes such as Nasi Goreng , Nasi Lemak , Sate etc… Malay Asian Cusine also provides many quite a number of unique dishes such as Roast Duck, Satay Rendang Pizza( Wow this doesn’t even exist in Malaysia), Paper chicken (The one we can find in Pasar Malam), Pulut Panggang etc.. How about trying new Malaysian food outside of Malaysia?

3) Spacious and clean: Comfortable atmosphere for a whole night long
Malaysia Asian Cuisine is a restaurant newly opened in January 2014. Its concept and interior is quite modern. For me, it is quite suitable for people to gather and chit chat for the whole night long. It is also very spacious, so you can enter the restaurant with a whole gang of friends without worrying about insufficient seats (of course it’s better to call and reserve your seats beforehand)
 

MSAJ Overall Review  ( 5 stars max)

Taste of Food ★★★★
Originality of Food ★★★★★
Food Portion ★★★
Price ★★★
Atmosphere ★★★★

DSC01277Not forget to mention that all food served in Malaysian Asian Cuisine is HALAL!!

That’s all for our first review on dining at Malaysian Food Restaurants in Tokyo!! We hope you find this post useful for you!!
Stay tuned for our next review on other Malaysian restaurants that you can find around Tokyo Area!!

Prepared by,
MSAJ Web System Crew
Fish & Chen Zhun

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【Event】Multicultural Cafe

Have fun talking and doing things together in this culture exchange cooking event between foreigners and Japanese.
This time, the theme is Rice of the World and they are planning to come up with an original Shinjuku recipe using rice.
To those who love to cook, or wanted to try new cooking, go and try your skills there!!!
More details below.

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Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza

A Diverse Choice of Cuisines from Multi-Ethnic Malaysia at Rasa Malaysia

By Calvin Ong

Malaysian cuisine is unique from other places in the world as the ingredients used in most of the dishes in Malaysia are a mixture of multiple ethnic influences. Oyster sauce is used in Chinese cuisine, cumin and turmeric in Indian cuisine, and coconut milk in Malay cuisine. At Rasa Malaysia, Ginza, everyone can enjoy a wide variety of authentic Malaysian cuisine, from fried food using spicy chilly to soup made of tofu and plum.

Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza is located at the 8th Floor of Five Star Building, a few steps away from the main Chuo-dori street in Ginza, Tokyo (see map below). The interior of the restaurant is distinctly Malaysian with batik cloths and Malaysian Tourism posters hanging up on the wooden-slab walls. The cook and the waitress are Malaysians and the service is just like any other typical Japanese restaurants – always courteous and friendly. One interesting fact worth mentioning is that the waitress, clad beautifully in kebaya to further enhance the Malaysian feel in the place, speaks fluent English, Malay, Mandarin and of course Japanese, to cater the different backgrounds of the customers to the restaurant.

Mr Tam Yun Tong, who was a Malaysian private student in Japan, and formerly the President of the Malaysian Students’ Association in Japan (MSAJ) during his student’s years is the owner of Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza restaurant. The aim of this restaurant is to give the Malaysians to reminisce the food to taste just like their mom’s home-cooked dishes, while for the Japanese to be able to enjoy the flavour and smell of authentic Malaysian cuisine even while in Japan, every time they dine at Rasa Malaysia.

There is a wide selection of dishes offered on the menu from different locations in Malaysia. This means it is a great place for sampling the various popular cuisines from different regions, under one roof. One of the recommended cuisines at Rasa Malaysia is the spicy Nyonya dishes, which uses mainly Chinese ingredients but blends them with Malay spices such as coconut milk, lemon grass, chillies and sambal. Among the famous food one can find in this restaurant are as follow.

Malacca style Fried Fish with Nyonya Sauce (¥1400)
Fried white fish served with Nyonya sauce, prepared from a combination of lemon grass and lime.

KL Chinatown style Boiled Wanton (¥800)
Boiled wanton, made of shrimp, shiitake and garlic chives and served with a special sauce and coriander.

Kajang Satay (Malay style yakitori) (¥800 for 4 sticks)
One of the most popular Malaysian food, served with peanut sauce.

Johor style Sautéed Anchovy with Chilly (¥800)
Dried anchovy fried with peanuts, onions. A great choice during summer, taken together with beer and lemon.

Bubur Cha-Cha (¥500)
A Nyonya desert of sweet potato, yam and tapioca pearls, in a coconut milk soup base that contains pumpkin.

Mango Pudding (¥600)
A desert, which is rich in mango flavour and topped with longan, suitable for 2 to 3 people.

Sarawak style Sautéed Beef with Black Pepper (¥1400)
A combination of beef and the spicy black pepper the main production of Sarawak.

Ipoh style Claypot Rice (¥1400)
Chicken, shiitake and rice cooked in claypot.

In general, the dishes were perfectly fine for someone who has never been exposed to Malaysian cuisine, which refers to most of the Japanese patrons. The good in Rasa Malaysia, like most of the Asian restaurants in Malaysia has been modified to be less robust, spicy and greasy than the real thing, to suit the taste bud of the Japanese. For Japanese and people who have never tried Malaysian cuisine, this place is definitely a good introduction to Malaysian food.

From the Malaysia’s map that decorates the wall of the restaurant, one can learn and understand more about the culture of each place while enjoying the dishes. A great choice to have a “mini vacation” to Malaysia along the colourful street of Ginza, in the heart of Tokyo.

In collaboration with the “Project Restaurant” between the Malaysian Students’ Association in Japan (MSAJ) and Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza, we are very pleased to inform all Malaysian students in Japan that Rasa Malaysia is having a promotion as stated below:

“Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza will present a 15% discount for total expenses above ¥5,000 and 10% discount for total expenses below ¥5,000”
This promotion is valid for all food and beverages, except promotional & course menus.
This promotion is valid for cash payment only.
Please provide your MSAJ membership card upon checking in.”

Rasa Malaysia Cuisine Ginza
8th Floor, Ginza Five Star Building, Ginza 5-8-13, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Tel & Fax: 03-3289-1668
Nearest subway station: Tokyo Metro Ginza station (Exit A3), walking 1 minute.
Website: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/fl/en/g275501/
* Operates all year-round, including lunch. Reservations are recommended for dinner.

銀座 ラサ マレーシア
〒104-0061 東京都中央区銀座5-8-13
銀座ファイブスタービル8F
Tel & Fax: 03-3289-1668
最寄り:地下鉄銀座駅A3出口 徒歩1分
公式サイト:http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g275501/
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