The UNHCR Office in Kuala Lumpur recently held an International Refugee Food Fair from 20th - 22nd January 2010 to generate income for the refugee communities and to bring the various communities closer together through food. It was also an opportunity for the staff and volunteers to sample the food of the communities that they have been working with.
A copy of the menu for the day.
Somali sambousa (i.e. samosa) with a filling of potatoes, peas and meat.
Somali Abu Timir Cake.
Sri Lankan Fish and Potato Cutlets.
Sri Lankan Ulunthu Vadai (Vegetarian).
Sri Lankan 'Kool' - A spicy seafood soup.
Sri Lankan 'Roti' (flatbread) with Seeni Sambal (sweet and spicy onion relish) on the left, and Modaka/Modak sweetmeat made with flour, coconut, green beans, sugar and spices on the right. Hindu friends will know Modaka as the sweet offered to Lord Ganesha every Vinayagar Chatthurti.
Shan noodles (Siang Lah Miang) from Myanmar, cooked in a soup containing tomato and dried shrimps.
Afghan 'Zereskh' - Mixed rice and chicken.
Note: I could not provide food reviews as most of the food is not vegetarian. In addition, in some of the photos, you may notice that Styrofoam tableware was used, simply because the particular communities did not bring sufficient tableware. Nobody had thought of supplying the stalls with biodegradable tableware, which would be more expensive but less harmful to the environment. Measures could be taken in future to create incentives for customers who bring their own cutlery, takeaway containers and tableware.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Address: 570, Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: (603) 2141 1322
Fax: (603) 2141 1780