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Jakarta Post

No need to patent ‘rendang’ dish: William Wongso

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Padang   /   Thu, June 28 2012   /  07:16 am

Indonesian culinary expert William Wongso said it was unnecessary to apply for a patent for the rendang dish originating from West Sumatra and that Indonesians should not be apprehensive about the dish being claimed by other countries, especially Malaysia.JP/Wendra Ajistyatama  “The cuisine need not be patented. Let them claim it because apparently, people from West Sumatra’s Minangkabau ethnic group have also migrated and settled there,” said Wongso, who acted as a judge at the two-day West Sumatra Rendang Cooking Festival, which ended on Thursday in Padang.

Wongso cited the Japanese foods of sushi and sashimi, as well as the Korean fare galbi, as food that had not been patented.

“Japan and Korea have never registered the dishes for patent. They are instead happy that their dishes are eaten everywhere,” he said.

The important thing now, said Wongso, ...