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Minister of Tourism, Arts and Society Malaysia (MOTAC) Dato Sri Nancy Shukri declared that five additional conventional food items from Sarawak have been included to Malaysia’s countrywide heritage meals listing.
The announcement was made during the 2022 Malaysia Meals Competition in Petra Jaya today (2 June).
The five food items are:
- Sarawak laksa
- Kolo Mee
- Nuba laya
According to Harian Metro, Burasak and Borongko are Bugis classic food items when Nuba laya is a traditional foods of the Kelabit local community who life in the Bario highlands.
Earlier, nine other Sarawakian food items was included to the record. In 2009, Manok Pansoh, Hinava/ Umai and Bubur Pedas Sarawak created into the list. In 2018, five food stuff had been additional: Sayur Midin Goreng, Sarawak layer cake (kek lapis), Kelupis, Tebaloi and Celorot.
To date, a whole of 213 foodstuff in the region have been declared countrywide heritage foodstuff.
Including neighborhood food items to the list is a single of MOTAC’s initiatives to endorse heritage meals tradition by recognising domestically exclusive meals as countrywide heritage and documenting them under the Nationwide Heritage Act 2005.
According to Dayak Daily, MOTAC is also concentrating on emphasising investigation, documentation and publication of books related to heritage and ‘endangered’ foodstuff.
So far, MOTAC through the Department of Countrywide Heritage (JWN) has printed six textbooks on nationwide heritage foods to aid their continuity and stimulate the young era to understand how to make heritage food items.
MOTAC via JWN is also scheduling to nominate the categories of Malaysia Breakfast in 2024, and Festive Food in 2026.
Nancy described that the Malaysia Breakfast category would involve foodstuff eaten by Malaysians during breakfast such as roti canai, nasi lemak and teh tarik.
The Festive Food items classification refers to the foodstuff eaten in the course of festivals this kind of as lemang, kuih bakul, and Chittu Urunde.