A Sarawak shopping centre has apologised for discarding its record-setting mega Sarawak Laksa dish and will also seek to cut food wastage.
Plaza Merdeka thanked the public for their criticism over the weekend of the binning of its “Biggest Bowl Of Sarawak Laksa” that was whipped up last Friday for entry into the Malaysia Book of Records.
“We are very grateful to the public for pointing out the issue of food wastage. We would not try to justify ourselves in this respect. We apologise for the oversight and misjudgement,” it said in a post on its official Facebook page yesterday afternoon.
Plaza Merdeka explained that it had initially planned to serve the Sarawak laksa cooked up for the record feat — which was the equivalent of 1,500 bowls.
“However due to the delicacy of the ingredients, particular the fact that it contains a large amount of coconut milk, and that it took 15 hours to produce in stages, plus the display bowl being uncovered in the middle of the atrium (it could catch some undesirable elements in the process).
“So on the advice of our food safety team we decided to not risk public health serving it but to instead serve a fresh batch of an equivalent 1,500 bowls the following day,” it said.
The Kuching-based mall also said that its feat was intended to help put Sarawak’s iconic dish on the Malaysian and international map.
“We admit once again that the wastage aspect of this effort was an unfortunate oversight and misjudgement on our part.
“We are, however, pleased that Sarawak Laksa is getting more exposure than we have intended for. We urge the public to please not view our intent negatively and we would like to assure everyone that our goals were noble in nature,” it said.
Noting public discussion of food wastage in the country with tonnes of food wasted daily by Malaysians, Plaza Merdeka said that the society could collectively change the situation with all doing their part.
“Next time when we eat out, order what we can eat and recycle what we can’t finish.
“As part of our effort to minimise wastage, we will provide containers at our food court ‘Food Plaza’ until the end of the year for you to bring home the food you purchased from our food court that you can’t finish as a reminder to us to not let our food goes to waste. You may collect the containers at our redemption counter at Level 3,” it said.
It also clarified that its guest of honour at the record attempt, Sarawak local government minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, was not properly informed of how the food was to be disposed of.
“We believe that he does not condone food wasting and we would like to extend our sincere apologies to him,” it said.
The mall’s decision to throw away the equivalent of 1,500 bowls of Sarawak laksa was criticised by some who felt it was wrong to bin that amount of food after cooking it for the national record.
According to The Borneo Post‘s report last weekend, the bowl measuring 1.3 metres deep and 3.1 metres wide contains the Sarawak dish whipped up from various ingredients, including 100kg of Sarawak laksa paste, 225kg of rice noodles, 90kg of prawns, 1,008 eggs, 90kg of bean sprouts, and 80kg of chicken.
Preparation for the dish took 18 hours and involved 15 cooks, the report said.
Source : The Malay Mail Online