Keep the Raya Celebrations Alive With Your Loved Ones across the Border

For the second year in a row, traditions may have to make way for health safety and social distancing measures. As millions of Muslims in the region prepare to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, we are all searching for ways to connect and celebrate the season

Hayley Ridgwell and Chef Zul with a plate of delicious Lamb Shank Merah and sides to accompany it

Not being able to “balik kampung” or reunite with families and friends between Malaysia and Singapore is another reality for many who miss their loved ones. If you can’t yet hold your loved ones close, there might be alternative ways to stay connected. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) hopes to inspire  you with some ideas to keep the Raya celebrations alive for everyone to enjoy together.

Spice up your Raya feast with The Black Hole Group from Singapore

STB collaborated with The  Black Hole Group (TBHG), Singapore to jointly host “Citarasa Singapore with TBHG”,  a  Virtual  Cooking  Masterclass.  In the session, TBHG shared their techniques in creating a delicious Singapore-inspired Raya dish: Lamb Shank Merah!

Hosted by  Chef  Zulfadli Normedi,  the  Executive  Sous Chef  of TBHG over  Zoom,  the  masterclass  saw attendees such as Malaysian  Dance  Artiste, Suhaili Micheline  and  lifestyle influencer, Farhanah Firdaus, who  joined  to  learn  the  ropes of creating  this  Singapore-inspired  dish  that’s  perfect for the  upcoming family feast.

“This Raya season, we have to push the boundaries and reimagine the Hari Raya experience for everyone. Though   borders still  remain   closed  between Malaysia  and  Singapore,  we  hope  that  the  masterclass inspires  Malaysians  to  incorporate  flavours from  this  hearty  Singapore-inspired  dish  as part  of  your festive menu.  I am confident that the recipe from The Black Hole Group will earn you many compliments as your families savour it. When the  right time  comes, we look forward  to welcoming Malaysian families back  to  Singapore  to  reunite   with  their  loved  ones,”  said  Dawn  Ng,  Area  Director,  Malaysia  &  Brunei, Singapore Tourism Board.

“One of the greatest opportunities this Raya is to be able to collaborate with the Singapore Tourism Board. Food is all about bringing people together to create memories and everlasting bonds. Although borders are still closed, we are delighted to share a taste of Singapore through this virtual masterclass,” said Chef Zulfadli, Executive Sous Chef, The Black Hole Group.

Your turn to have a go at the recipe

Head   over  to  the  Visit  Singapore  Facebook Page ( )  to check  out  the  “Citarasa  Singapore  with TBHG” Virtual Cooking  Masterclass on how to create your very own Lamb Shank Merah.

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