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Jakarta Post

Laksa Johor, a royal treat for every palate

  • Frederica Ermita Indriani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 9 2012   /  07:07 am

Courtesy of Chef WanDatuk Redzuawan bin Ismail is better known as the garrulous Chef Wan, seen on the Asian Food Channel whipping up Malaysian dishes and the author of several cook books about the food of his homeland.

The chef’s task is to bring Malaysian cuisine to an international audience, including during a visit to Jakarta recently for a Ramadhan fasting month promotion at the Dharmawangsa Hotel.

One of the 54-year-old chef’s favorite dishes is Laksa Johor, a curry flavoured soup with rice cakes from the region of Johor. A popular dish in Malaysia, it has been associated with the Johor royal family since the reign of Sultan Abu Bakar at the end of the 19th century.

There is a curious tale behind its origins that is linked to a land very far from Asia.

“Sultan Abu Bakar traveled to Italy often and there he tasted spaghetti bolognaise. Returning t...