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CULINARY DELIGHTS: Hari Raya open house by Anti-Dadah Agency, Yayasan Salam

   KUALA LUMPUR:  HUNDREDS of people thronged  Lorong Haji Taib 3 to savour the wide range of Malay culinary delights yesterday morning.

Under the dozens of white tents, the crowd was spoilt for choice at the Hari Raya open house organised by the National Anti-Dadah Agency and Yayasan Salam Malaysia.

The air was filled with the mouth-watering aroma of roast lamb and freshly grilled satay.

Sathiyabama Gopal, 24, who had her share of the spread, said her parents insisted on bringing the family to the open house as it would be an interesting experience.

"I liked the lemang, especially. Before this, we ate packed lemang. But this one was fresh and fragrant.

"We really enjoyed the food and and meeting all the others at the function," said Sathiyabama, who works as a sales assistant.

Many families praised the organisers for having the event in a public place.

Management assistant Kwa Eng Ann, 48, who came with his wife and son, said: "We had an awesome 'brunch' and watched how the food was prepared at the booths.

"The mee bandung, laksa and other food were made on the spot and so were fresh.

"This came as a surprise for my wife."

Hair stylist Maggie Chai, 58, who was in the queue for ice cream, said such an occasion helped bring together all kinds of people.

"I came here with my neighbour, Rani. So many people are here because of the wonderful food. Food is the perfect gel to bring people together."

National Anti-Dadah Agency director-general Puan Sri Zuraidah Mohamed Datuk Ahmad A. Talib (right) at the Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house in Lorong Haji Taib 3 Taib 3., Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. Pic by Hasriyasyah Sabudin


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