Sarawak mall dumps 1,500 bowls of 'unhealthy' laksa after setting national record


KUALA LUMPUR - What do you do after breaking a national record with a giant bowl of Sarawak laksa made with 100kg of laksa paste, 225kg of rice noodles, 90kg of prawns, 1,008 eggs, 90kg of bean sprouts and 80kg of chicken?

A Sarawak mall has decided to throw the whole lot away, according to Malaysia online newspaper Malay Mail Online.

The huge custom-made bowl of laksa, measuring 1.3 metres deep and 3.1 metres wide, was part of a successful attempt conducted at Plaza Merdeka to be entered as "The Biggest Bowl of Laksa Sarawak" in the Malaysia Book of Records on Friday (Oct 28). The giant bowl is equivalent to 1,500 bowls of Sarawak laksa.

Organiser Debra Sim told local daily The Borneo Post that "it will all be thrown away because it is unhealthy for human consumption."

The report added that it took 18 hours and 15 cooks to whip up the dish.

Mr Michael Law, a secondary school teacher, had reportedly called up The Borneo Post to complain about the food wastage.

"I saw the function on the Facebook page and called to confirm whether the enormous amount of food was being wasted just to enter the book of records. When it was confirmed, I felt very sad.

"I feel that the minister, who was officiating at the function, should have known what he was doing. He missed the chance to educate the organisers and the public of the good values of not wasting food," the 44-year-old was quoted as saying.

Mr Law was talking about Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, the Sarawak minister of local government, who had graced the event with popular local celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, also known as Chef Wan.

Malaysia Book of Records deputy general manager Mohamad Alex Edward certified the successful record attempt on Friday.

The Borneo Post said Malaysia wastes 15,000 tonnes of food every day, inclusive of 3,000 tonnes of food that is still edible - according to the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation.

The local daily said 3,000 tonnes is equivalent to an estimated three meals a day for 11 million people.