KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 ― A Sarawak mall has planned to throw away the equivalent of 1,500 bowls of Sarawak laksa that was cooked for its successful bid yesterday to set a record for the Malaysia Book of Records.
Its organiser Debra Sim confirmed the contents of a huge bowl custom-made for the attempted “The Biggest Bowl of Laksa Sarawak” feat at Plaza Merdeka there yesterday would be binned for “being unhealthy”.
“It will all be thrown away because it is unhealthy for human consumption,” Sim was quoted telling local daily The Borneo Post.
According to the local daily, 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.
Secondary school teacher Michael Law had reportedly called up the local daily to complain over 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 saying.
Law was referring to Sarawak minister of local government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who had witnessed the event yesterday together with local celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail or Chef Wan as he is popularly known.
Malaysia Book of Records deputy general manager Mohamad Alex Edward yesterday certified the successful record attempt.
The Borneo Post said the shopping mall will be giving out freshly cooked Sarawak Laksa today from 4pm onwards.
A check by Malay Mail Online of the Kuching-based mall's Facebook page showed that it had advertised on October 27 that 1,500 bowls of the Sarawak laksa would be given out today.
Citing the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation, The Borneo Post said Malaysia wastes 15,000 tonnes of food every day, inclusive of 3,000 tonnes of food that can still be consumed.
The local daily said this was equivalent to an estimated three meals a day for 11 million people.