On 28th October, Plaza Merdeka shopping mall in Kuching set the “Malaysia Book of Records” for “The Biggest Bowl of Laksa Sarawak” for the launching of its food hall.
After the attempt, it was reported that the mall had decided to throw the giant dish away because it was “unhealthy for human consumption”.
Upon hearing the news, netizens slammed the mall, the event’s organiser, and its guests of honour, including local celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail aka Chef Wan. In response to netizens, Chef Wan took to Instagram to write a lengthy note, explaining that the laksa’s kuah bersantan (soup containing coconut milk) turned rancid and that’s why the laksa has to be thrown away.
“Malaysians are quick at judging and forming their own opinions on any issues these days I noticed,” said the chef, before adding that people like to find fault in others without finding out the real problem.
He continued, “Its a disgusting attitude a true reflection of a rude society as if we don’t have our parents to teach us! (…) Totally a waste of time to entertain them as I will not put myself at their level. Walk away and have a peaceful mind lagi la baik (better) for my soul!”
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In an earlier Instagram post, the well-known cook mentioned that he didn’t cook the laksa and was not aware that the organisers had decided to throw away the contaminated food.
According to various media reports, the record-breaking bowl of noodles took 18 hours to make and it was equivalent to 1,500 bowls of Laksa Sarawak, containing 100kg of laksa paste, 225kg of rice noodles, 90kg of prawns, 1,008 eggs, 90kg of bean sprouts, and 80kg of chicken. The event was certified by “Malaysia Book of Records” deputy general manager Mohamad Alex Edward and witnessed by State Local Government Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.
What do you think about Chef Wan’s reply? Do you think that the organisers did the right thing by throwing away the spoiled food? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!