BWM Talk Series: Preserving Our Culinary Heritage – Herbal Tea

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia.

Live Webinar Details
Date: Saturday, 19 February 2022
Time: 4:00 PM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Topic: Preserving Our Culinary Heritage: Herbal Tea
Speaker: Professor Dr. Shahrim Ab Karim
Moderator: Delima Mohd Khalid
Venue: Virtual – Zoom Webinar
Free Admission


Local herbs have lent their benefits for generations. They are used in cooking, steeped into teas, and are consumed for medicinal purposes. Although they are aromatically suggestive, some of our herbs are more potent to the olfactory sense as the fragrances linger for long, for example when boiling pandan tea in the kitchen, the whole house would be delightfully perfumed with the sweet natural pandan scent. Besides tingling our senses with their aromas, local herbs are also invigorating to the overall health of the body when used for detoxification.

Some of us may be unaware of all the tremendous benefits local herbs have to offer or their significance in our lives have been overlooked. Lemongrass and pandan tea for instance, are a soothing concoction of flavours and their aromas have chemical properties that rejuvenate the body and mind. Lemongrass is known for its anti-cancer properties and works as a healing agent. Pandan is rich in vitamin A and carotenoids (antioxidants), and is synonymously used to calm headaches, earaches, and also works for controlling blood sugar level.

This live talk will further discuss the benefits of other local herbs such as ginger, aloe vera, torch ginger, and butterfly pea flowers, followed by a cooking demonstration of various types of herbal teas during the webinar.


Prof. Dr. Shahrim Ab Karim is a Professor of Malaysia Heritage Food and Culture at the Department of Food Service Management, Faculty of Food Science and Technology at Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has contributed to the development of the Malaysia heritage food and marketing the food internationally.

Shahrim has served in various national committees on food heritage and is dedicated towards documentation and refining the national heritage food. He also hosted and appeared on various cooking shows in Malaysia and abroad. So far, he has published six cookbooks, highlighting the traditional food. His research interests include Foodservice Management, Food Tourism, Food Culture, and Heritage Food. He conducts both the quantitative and qualitative research methods. During his spare time, he loves to cook and travel for food, enjoys food styling and photography and he paints on canvas as well.


Delima Mohd Khalid is trained in the Arts and Humanities, and she has a Masters degree in Coexistence and Conflict. Delima is especially interested in humanitarian work and the effects of conflict and trauma on mental health. She has worked with marginalised groups both locally and abroad, focusing particularly on vulnerable children and youth. She is currently the Project Lead for Community Development in Thrive Well, a mental health social enterprise.

Taking full advantage of her mother’s filled-to-the-brim garden, Delima has experimented making nasi goreng bunga kantan, pegaga, and mulberry tea and a party favourite – bunga telang, mint, and lime punch.

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