Masters of Malaysian Cuisine (MOMC) will collaborate to cook dishes from the cookbooks published by Malaysia’s Queen, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, throughout the month of December 2020:
Air Tangan Tengku Puan Pahang — Masakan Tradisional Pahang (traditional dishes of Pahang) and
Air Tangan Tengku Puan Pahang — Manisan Tradisional Pahang (traditional sweets of Pahang)
MOMC’s online cooking demonstrations are broadcast Live on Mondays and they feature some of the top Malaysian cuisine experts around the world who first came together during the Covid-19 lockdown to share their cooking knowledge with a global audience.
MOMC’s live demonstrations are concurrently streamed across multiple online channels, including on their website, MalaysianChefs.com. Apart from showcasing Malaysia’s diverse cuisine, the chefs engage with the audience by answering any cooking questions during the broadcasts.
Her Majesty Tunku Azizah’s two cookbooks are compilations of vintage recipes from her homestate of Pahang which were in danger of being lost to future generations. They represent the diversity of Malaysia, with contributions from various communities including the Malays, the Chinese, the Indians and even the natives, or the Orang Asli, deep in the jungles of Pahang.
The entire production of the books was funded by the legacy left by Her Majesty’s late father, Sultan Iskandar of Johor, and all proceeds from their sales go to TUNKU AZIZAH FERTILITY FOUNDATION, a Foundation she set up over 15 years ago, which funds IVF treatment for couples.
Tunku Azizah’s interest in cooking pairs with her interest in traditional craft, in particular Tenun Pahang (Pahang Weave).
The plates of food in her book are all placed on Tenun Pahang DiRaja, a handwoven textile that was a dying art in Pahang until Tunku Azizah travelled throughout the state to preserve it. She gathered the remaining handful of old weavers, documented all the techniques into a curriculum, and set up a Training Institute in Pahang to train a new generation of weavers in this craft.
Her Majesty also designs, teaches and produces pieces of Royal Pahang Tenun for her enterprise named Che Minah Sayang.
MOMC founder Jackie M says, “Our chefs are honoured and thrilled to be entrusted with the recipes from Her Majesty’s collection. We can’t wait to share them with the rest of the world on this scale for the first time ever.”
Co-founder, Chef Norman Musa, adds, “ We hope that through our cooking demos, we can do our part to put a global spotlight on Malaysia’s rich culinary and craft traditions.”
MOMC Series 7 showcasing recipes from Tunku Azizah’s cookbooks runs on Mondays through the month of December, starting on Monday the 7th.
A special New Year’s Eve session will air at 7pm KL time on Thursday 31 December, to wrap up the series. To get notified when the chefs go Live, sign up at MalaysianChefs.com/JoinToday