“Malaysian Fair Celebrates Vietnamese Cuisine with ‘Taste of Sambal'”

At this year's "Taste of Sambal" culinary festival, Malaysia and Vietnam come together to celebrate the good friendship between the two Southeast Asian nations while further exploring their cultures.


The Malaysia – Vietnam Friendship Association (MVFA) showcased various typical Vietnamese dishes at the “Taste of Sambal” fair held in Ipoh, Perak state, Malaysia from August 30 – September 2.

The Vietnamese booth featured popular dishes such as banh mi (Vietnamese baguettes), bun cha (grilled pork meatballs with vermicelli noodles), nem cuon (fresh spring rolls), coffee, and tropical fruit juice, attracting fair-goers.

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An art performance at the event (Photo: VNA)

In addition to the food, the fair also featured musical performances and an “ao dai” (Vietnamese traditional dress) show by overseas Vietnamese, including Miss Intercontinental Vietnam 2022 Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc and Miss Intercontinental Malaysia Lindsey Yap.

Addressing the event, Nguyen Ba Tan, the First Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia, emphasized the Party and State’s continuous support for the overseas Vietnamese community and their significant contributions to strengthening cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and Malaysia.

Tan praised MVFA’s efforts in organizing activities that connect overseas Vietnamese in Malaysia, fostering unity and promoting cultural exchanges and people-to-people diplomacy between the two nations.

The fair is part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-Vietnam diplomatic relations and the one-year anniversary of the establishment of the Malaysia-Vietnam Friendship Association.

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Performers at the event (Photo: VNA).

The “Taste of Sambal” fair is an annual Malaysian food festival that showcases the cultural diversity of the country and attracts culinary experts from around the world.

MVFA President Tran Thi Chang expressed her gratitude for the support and guidance of the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia, and her desire for solidarity within the Vietnamese community in Malaysia. She also expressed the Association’s commitment to being a reliable support for the Vietnamese community.

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Vietnamese and Malaysian women in traditional clothes (Photo: VNA).

Nguyen Ba Tan, First Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia, reiterated the Party and State’s commitment to caring for the overseas Vietnamese community and recognizing their importance in strengthening the cooperative and friendly relations between the two countries.

Charlotte Pho