Hello cosmos, bye roti canai, bye teh tarik!

KUALA LUMPUR: Not only do our astronauts have to put love on hold, there will be no teh tarik and roti canai in space. But Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor or Capt Dr Faiz Khaleed will be allowed to take along a Malaysian flag.
They may not even be able to take the two local favourites to Russia with them for their training.
In March last year, National Space Agency director-general Prof Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman said she wanted our astronaut to enjoy a taste of home, and was looking into sending up some teh tarik, roti canai and sambal belacan.
But it is too difficult to package these food items for space, according to Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha.
He added that the Jalur Gemilang would make a good reminder of home.
On Saturday, it was reported that under their contracts, neither astronaut can tie the knot until after the mission is over in 2008. (Extracted from New Straits Times Online of 27 September 2006)
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Malaysians plan Asian space food

By Jonathan Kent
(From BBC News of March 9, 2005)

Malaysian astronauts should be able to eat their favourite foods
Malaysian scientists have already conquered most of the technical hurdles involved in sending someone into space. But one major obstacle still needs to be overcome.
No self-respecting Malaysian is likely to leave the planet to spend a week on the international space station without a good meal when he gets there.
So now Malaysia's National Space Agency has announced a programme that will make sure its astronauts can enjoy their favourite food while in orbit.
The joint US-Malaysian research project is designed to decide how best to handle traditional South East Asian delicacies in zero gravity.
The programme is called roti canai in space - named after the flaky griddle-cooked pancake that Malaysians love to eat for breakfast.
Scientists will be sent to America, and put to work researching the best way of delivering roti canai and other dishes like coconut rice, fried noodles and of course teh tarik, literally "pulled tea", to its intrepid explorers.
However, they may have to remind their spacemen that though they weigh nothing while in zero gravity, they may end up weighing rather more when they return to earth, if they eat too much.
Meanwhile religious scholars will be asked to tackle other problems, such as finding ways to help Muslim astronauts face Mecca as they pray while in orbit.

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