The Malaysian Minister of Economy Rafizi Ramli commented on "Eating Out" sparked a discussion. BFM 89.9 the Business Radio Station invited Dr. Elise Mognard, Associate Professor and Programme Director for Master and PhD in Food Studies at the School of Food Studies and Gastronomy, Taylor’s University to share her insights on food culture.
The interview was based on the cross-national survey "Eating Out in Asia", which initiated by the Chair of Food Studies: Food, Cultures, and Health that jointly established by Taylor’s University, Malaysia and the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France, in partnership with The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Center for Food and Nutrition (SEAMEO RECFON), Indonesia and Ritsumeikan University, Japan.
SEAMEO RECFON was established in 1967 as SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Community Nutrition, and transformed into Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition in 2011. It is one among the 24 SEAMEO Centers located throughout SEA region. It is a unit hosted by Ministry of Education and Culture RI and located in Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta with a mission to conduct education, capacity building, research and information dissemination in food and nutrition through partnership for sustainable human resource development.
During the interview, Dr. Elise Mognard shared her insights and observations about the eating habits in Malaysia, drawing comparisons with her experience in France and highlighting the unique aspects of Malaysian food culture. It's interesting to note the prevalence of eating out in Malaysia, with a significant percentage of daily meals being consumed away from home. In essence, her key message underscores the idea that the way people eat is an integral part of their food culture. It goes beyond just the type of food consumed to include the manner and context of consumption. Recognizing these unique aspects is crucial for understanding the ways in which individuals navigate cultural and practical constraints in their daily lives.
Listen to the podcast here:
Learn more about the "Eating Out in Asia" initiative: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/367966255_Eating_Out_spatiality_temporality_and_sociality_A_database_for_China_Indonesia_Japan_Malaysia_Singapore_and_France