Sunday, October 5, 2008

Malaysian Raya Open House

Open house in America is for people selling their houses but for us, it means opening up our house for family and friends to come over and celebrate the occassion. Be it Raya/Eid for muslims, Chinese New Year for the chinese, Deepavali for hindus or Christmas for christians. Back home even the King/Agong, Sultans and the Ministers would be holding their own respective open houses. They are also open to everybody. Yes, that includes you and me. ;)


Satay Sauce with Cubed Rice

Sweet & Sour Chicken and Chicken Korma

Salad /Acar

So yesterday we went to the Malaysian Hari Raya Open House which was jointly organised by the Malaysian Consulate General in LA and MIFNA. The event was held at a community centre in Lakewood and open to all from 11am to 3pm. It was a rather huge event. We arrived around 12 noon and stayed on until almost 2.30pm so that we could mingle with other Malaysian since we only get to see most of them once a year.
Live band, singing raya songs
Hundreds of people came in their sunday best. It is really nice to see people in their baju kurung/baju melayu (Malaysian traditional attire) and batik. Although a normal sight when you are in Malaysia, it is definitely rare here.
Murtabak
Beef Rendang

I hope you enjoy reading about some of our Malaysian tradition. We are going to have our very own open house soon so please do come back. ;)

Chicken Rendang


21 comments:

`nic's noodle` said...

aih.....jelesnyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!
i think i have to stop reading your blog because i keep drooling all over my keyboard.
*sigh* homesick sangatlah looking at the pictures :)

anyway, looks like it was a fun day :) i just took a peek at your other blog too cuz i was pretty sure you'd have more pictures there as well :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow this is something nice. Very yummy recipes. U really look like a rocking chef in that apron.

mº¿ºsh, brecht and nora said...

farina, i bet all those kuih raya and food taste heavenly kan!? so glad u get to celebrate raya the 'traditonal' way despite being far away from home ; ) Meriah nampak open house there....

daphne said...

u look cool in your apron!

and this made me miss all the raya food!

Chocolate Shavings said...

That seems like a really fun idea, and that display of food is amazing! I'm glad I found your blog!

Chocolate Shavings said...

That seems like a really fun idea, and that display of food is amazing! I'm glad I found your blog!

Yatie_T said...

Jeles....jeles but hey, I'll be at your open house and you have to eat some for me. :)

Salt N Turmeric said...

Nic, maybe you should move back to CA. ;)

Thanks Lubna. Wearing apron while cooking does make me fee like a chef. lol.

Mush, memang meriah. So many people tht we only get to see once a year. hehe.

Thanks Daphne. Was there any raya celebration in Perth? I thought there's quite a few Msian there?

Chocolate Shaving, yes open house is indeed fun. Tiring when you're the one hosting it tho. lol.

Yatie, if you're coming then no need for me to eat for you lah. I ni dah cukup gemuk. lol.

Tastes of Home said...

wow so shiok! too bad I couldnt make it, I was not feeling well with the changes in weather recently, hope u had a good Raya!

MamaFaMi said...

Bestnya sambutan hari raya di sana ye. Miss all those kemeriahan beraya di perantauan. But then, dapat beraya dengan famili di kampung pun best gak....

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri

Jo said...

MMMMMM! All of that looks so so so good!

Jo said...

Looks like you had a great time during Raya. All the food especially the rendang looks very sedap!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Jannie, yeah. Was hoping to see you there. Hope you're feeling much better now.

Mama, best camne pun kat negeri orang, beraya kat negeri sendiri lagi best. ;)

Jo, if only you live in oc! ;)

Jo, did you go to any of the open houses in Spore?

Dayang said...

best nyer kak,nyaman2 jak makanan hehehe,dyg ada kat swk skrg,ari selasa baru blk kl hehehe

Brens@Flanboyant Eats said...

open houses are so much fun b/c you get to taste so much different foods and meet cool ppl of your own culture! I love the balloon colors!
Glad we met on FB!! :)

I'll be back...

Salt N Turmeric said...

Dayang, lamak juak kitak cuti raya? kumpul duit raya kah? lol.

Brenda, you knew abt open houses before? You're right. The varieties of food and most people that you only get to see once a year. lol. Im glad we met of fb too. ;)

Angie said...

Hmm..delish! delish! My favorite type of food! Late but, "Selamat Hari Raya" from a Malaysian from Vancouver, BC!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Angie, welcome and thank you. Raya is 1 mth so its definitely not late. hehe.

Sri said...

The food looks so delicious. Even my hubby is drooling over the murtabak. Yes, he actually eats murtabak! LOL..

Salt N Turmeric said...

Sri, i guess u always make them since your hubby likes them ya?

Alli411 said...

What a beautiful celebration! What is your favorite Malaysian restaurant to go to locally?