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Laksa Sarawak and Mee Kolok proposed as national heritage foods

Two of Sarawak’s famed dishes, Laksa Sarawak and Mee Kolok, have been listed in a proposal which list a range of food to be considered as national heritage food.

Other dish from Sarawak, namely Nuba Laya (rice wrapped in leaf), which is from the Kelabit community, alongside Burasak (traditional food of Bugis community) and Borongko, have also been named to be part of the proposed dishes for the list.

A report by Suara Sarawak quoted minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri as saying that these dishes were proposed to be elevated to such stature by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

The proposal is hope to make help  promote and keep the country’s food heritage alive.

Sarawak Laksa is a great breakfast dish.

Sarawak food listed as national heritage

There’s 213 foods in the Malaysia that have been declared as national heritage foods.

Out of the 213, nine delicacies are from Sarawak.

They are;

  • Manok Pansoh (declared in 2009)
  • Umai (declared in 2009)
  • Bubur Pedas Sarawak (declared in 2009)
  • Sayur Midin Goreng (declared in 2015)
  • Sarawak Kek Lapis (declared in 2015)
  • Kelupis (declared in 2015)
  • Tebaloi (declared in 2015)
  • Celorot (declared in 2015)
  • Penyaram (declared in 2018)

If Laksa Sarawak, Mee Kolok, Nuba Laya, Burasak and Borongko also do make the cut, there will be at least 14 national heritage foods from Sarawak in total.

Popular non-Sarawak delicacies include Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai, and Teh Tarik.

Other popular dishes from Sarawak

If you are looking for food to order in Kuching, then read this article about Dayak food in Kuching as it will help you recommend dishes you can order when in town.

Else, you can also learn about popular dinner dishes in Kuching by reading this article.

Either way, there’s plenty to try and taste in Kuching so always keep your options open for new food when visiting Kuching.

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Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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