Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sri Kebaya Food & Fashion Galore 2010 Text Speech

Food & Fashion Galore 2010

Assalamualaikum and A Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen

Selamat Datang and Welcome to Sri Kebaya

His excellency Dato Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaacob, Malaysian Ambassador to Qatar.

Madam Datin Izdina Izaidin, wife of Malaysian Ambassador.

Excellencies and Madam, Distinguished Guest

Ladies and Gentlemen.

We are honoured to have all of you with us tonight in this Malaysian Food and Fashion Galore 2010.

For your information, Sri Kebaya is the only Malaysian Restaurant in Souq Waqif, Doha and has made it’s existence since January 2008. Thank you to the Management of Souq Waqif for entrusting this on to us to provide a variety of Malaysian food for the locals and expartiates here in Doha, Qatar.

The name Kebaya is inspired from Arab region clothing where the Arabic word “abaya” means clothing. According to Wikipedia, A Kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination worn by women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Singapore, southern Thailand and some parts of Cambodia. It sometimes made from sheer material and usually worn with a sarong or batik kain panjang, or other traditional woven garment such as ikat, songket with a colorful motif.

Based on this concept, Sri Kebaya has created a traditional Malaysian ambience and identity in the restaurant displaying Kebaya costumes, accessories to be worn with the costumes such as Kerongsang, colourful Malaysia batik sarungs and also games like ‘Congkok’; so that people will not only have the feel of Malaysia but also a taste of Malaysia. Some of the wooden motifs in the restaurant are specially crafted in the east coast of Malaysia.

Malaysia being a multi racial country with a mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian have been living in harmony way back since year 1500s and the culture of these three main races have also been influenced by Persian, Arab and European.

Based on this we would like to express our ideas and creativity to people around this region about our roots where we came from such a beautiful country with multicultural background.

The beauty behind food represent our culture and history. Food not only an important medium of communication within culture. In Southeast Asia, food functions as an ethnic marker as well, distinguishing one cultural group from another.

Malaysian Cuisine reflects the multicultural aspects of Malaysia. Various ethnic groups in Malaysia have their own dishes, but many dishes in Malaysia are derived from multiple ethnic influence. Food preparation differs from place to place, even though they are all cooking the same food. Different preparations have different taste and decoration, but generally the ingredients used are the same.

Being multicultural country, Malaysian have over the years adapted each other’s dishes to suit the taste buds of their own culture for instance, Malaysian Chinese have adapted the Indian curry, and made it more dilute & less spicy to suit their taste. Chinese noodle have been crossed with Indian & Malay taste and thus Malay fried noodles were born.

In home and Restaurant throughout Malaysia and most Asia, food is seldom served in individual portion. Main dishes and condiments are normally placed on the table for people to help themselves, family style. Malaysian food are the combinations of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine.

As part of the introduction to our Malaysian food for those who are new with Malaysian food; we are serving you today:-


i) Satay – a Malaysian BBQ stick (Malay Appertizer)

ii) Deep Fried Spring Roll (Chinese Appertizer)

iii) Kuih Pai Ti – Nyonya Snack

Main Dish

i) Fried Vermicelli Noodle (Malay & Chinese Dish)


i) Kuih Lapis (Malay & Nyonya)

ii) Sri Muka ( Malay)

Welcome Drinks

i) Ice Kacang – Shaved Ice Dessert

ii) Cendol – Coconut Ice Frosty

For those who like the taste of our food and like to try some of the range of our new menus either a’ la carte or special of the day, and you are most welcome to come again.

Our restaurant is open daily Saturday to Wenesday from 8.30 am to 12.00 midnight, Thursday and Friday from 9.00 am to 1 am in the morning.

Before we move on the highlights of tonight i.e. the fashion show, we would like to call upon His Excellency Dato Muhammad Shahrul Ikram, Malaysia Ambassador to Qatar to say a few words and officiate our Food and Fashion Galore 2010.

On behalf of the Owner of Sri Kebaya, Miss Sunyta Ali, we wish to extend our gratitude to His Excellency Dato Muhammad Shahrul Ikram, for his kind words and his enlightening speech including the support he and his family have been given us for making this event a reality.

The moment that we have been waiting for kindly please.. Enjoy the food….

Now, we have come to the main highlights of tonight but before we begins, we wish to inform you that the outfits we going to present to you tonight is Sunyta’s very own personal collections which reflects traditional Malaysian outfits.

Without further ado, we shall start with the first batch of outfit which is ..

The Chinese outfit called Cheongsam

The traditional clothes for Chinese women is the Cheongsam which means “long Dress” or Qipao (Chee Pau).

The cheongsam is a female dress with distinctive Chinese features and enjoys a growing popularity in international high fashion.

When the early Manchu rulers came to China prosper, they organized certain people, mainly manchus, into “banners” and call them “banner people” which then became loosely the name of all manchus. The manchu’s women wore normally a one pcs dress which, likewise, came to be called”qipao (Chee Pau)” or “banner dress”.

Although the 1911 Revolution toppled the rule of Qing(Ching - Manchu) Dynasty, the female dress survived the political change and with later improvements, has become the traditional dress for Chinese women.

This dress is Easy to slip on and comfortable to wear, the cheongsam fits well the female figure. It’s neck is high, colar close and it’s sleeves maybe either short, medium or full length, depending on season and taste.

The dress is buttoned on the right side, with a loose chest, a fitting waist, and slits up from the sides, all of which combine to set off the beauty of a female shape.

All these traditional costume that is timeless. An attire for all occasions, it is elegant, feminine, alluring, sensual, glamorous and fashionable for all ages.

That’s where outfit came with the influence of food. The motive of flowers and Jewelleries enhances the beauty of our traditional outfit.


Baju Kurung;

Baju Kurung is a loose fitting full length dress, consisting of a skirt and blouse. The skirt is made from a long cloth with folding on one side, the blouse is collerless, has long sleeves, and extends to between the hips and knees. The modern Baju Kurung commonly expresses lively colors and geometric patterns.

Traditionalist prefer fabric from peninsular M’sia eastern states of Trengganu and Kelantan, where the culture of batik and other hand-designed fabrics is still long. A women will often wear a baju kurung with a headscarf.

The early baju Kurung was longer and looser unsuited to the figure of malay women. It was popularized in the late 19th century by Sultan Abu Bakar of Johor.

It has been reported the baju kurung has”not only survived, but prospered “ in modern M’sia pointing to it’s popularity in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Baju Kurung is also worn by non-muslims.(including M’sian ethnic Chinese and Indian).

Nowadays, baju kurung can be found in different style. Among are “Baju Kurung Labuh”, Baju kurung Modern, Baju Kurung Cekak(High Color) & Baju Kedah.

Baju Kedah;

Baju Kedah is usually worn by malay women as a daily dress. It is a shorter dress with three-quarter sleeves, so the wearer can move around easily.


Kebaya Nyonya.

A Kebaya is traditional blouse-dress combination worn by women in South East Asia. It’s sometimes made from sheer material and usually worn with a sarong or batik or other traditional woven garment such as Ikat, Songket with colourful motif.

The term Peranakan Chinese who have lived in the Malay archipelago for centuries. They wear the elegant Kebaya that can be described as traditional high fashion.

The Nyonya Kebaya is a beautiful translucent , figure hugging embroidered blouse worn with batik sarong and beautiful beaded shoes by Peranakan ladies.

Batik Sarong – is an Indonesian-Malay word and refer to a generic wax – resist dyeing technique used on fabric. The word originate from the Javanese word “amba” meaning “to write” and a malay word “titik’ for “dot” or “point”. Batik is worn by men and women on a formal occasion. Usually colorful cotton printed in the batik or wax resist method of dyeing.

Malay Kebaya;

It is one of the clothes that liked by the malay community especially during the year of 1960’s. The Baju Kebaya is a bit like baju kurung except that it is much fitter. It can be match with “Songket” or “Batik”.

As a grand finale, we like to call upon Sunyta Ali and her models to parade in front of the audience…

Please give her a round of applause…. Clap 3X

We would like to call upon Datin Izdina, to present a bouquet of flower to Miss Sunyta.

Thank you Datin.

We now, would like to call upon Miss Sunyta Ali to say a few words…

Thank you Sunyta.

With that, we have come to the end of the show.

We would like to thank all our guests for making this night a memorable night for Sri Kebaya and hoped you have enjoyed the food and the fashion show.

As a token of our appreciation to all of you, please accept our Bunga Telur and Bunga Rampai. In Malaysia, Bunga Telur (Flower Egg) is a hard boiled egg and it is a guest favour at a Malay Wedding symbolizing fertility and here it symbolizes prosperity. Bunga Rampai is fragrant flowers made of pandan leaves and mixture of flowers with rose water and other fragrances.

Please do come again to have the taste of Asia in Sri Kebaya. Taste of Malaysia Truly Asia….

If you have a business card, don’t forget to drop us your business cards. We will update you on our food promotions and upcoming events.

For your information, Sri Kebaya is also providing catering services for functions and events.

For any enquiries please call our landline 4340838 or check on our newly launched website www.srikebaya.com.

Till we meet next time Good Night and Jumpa lagi.

MC by Mohamad A. Jamal

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