Sunday, 25 November 2012

Laksa Johor - Uniquely Johor Tradition and Heritage Food

Sultan Sir Abu Bakar of Johor
Laksa Johor is a truly unique and delicious style of laksa created in Johor. Legend has it that Sultan Sir Abu Bakar of Johor (1833 - 1895) was visiting Europe, and when in Italy, he fell in love with spaghetti. 
Laksa Johor

When Sultan Sir Abu Bakar returned to Johor, he directed the palace chef to create a dish combining the traditional laksa gravy with spaghetti. Laksa Johor was thus invented - this must be one of the earliest examples of East-West fusion food.

While Laksa Johor is uniquely Johor, it is surprisingly difficult to find at eateries, even here in Johor. The reason is because the preparation of Laksa Johor is extremely tedious and takes long hours.

I've been told many times that the best Laksa Johor can only be found at home - lovingly made for special celebrations.

Larkin Market

Going to the market, assembling the numerous ingredients needed for the gravy, like herbs and spices, and fresh Ikan Tenggiri or Ikan Parang is already one big job. And, this is just the beginning.

Laksa Johor

Then, preparing these ingredients is very labour intensive because to get the authentic taste and flavour, it has to be done by hand, the old way. So, usually most of the family, extended family and even neighbours are involved. Sitting down together, preparing food together is a great bonding ritual.

Finally, when all the ingredients are ready, we need a talented chef who has mastered the skill to put it all together to create this magically delicious dish. No wonder, Laksa Johor is so difficult to find at the shops - it is very hard to make it commercially worthwhile.

Fortunately, there are a few eateries recommended by members of Johor Sedap Halal Food Group that serve good Laksa Johor at reasonable prices

Click on the following pictures of Laksa Johor to read the full story about these recommended Laksa Johor shops.

Laksa Johor

Restaurant name: Al Ansar Café
Address: Jalan Permas 5/16 (right next to Al Ansar Mosque)
GPS: 1.503983,103.821817
Hours: 6:00am to 3:00pm (closed on Sunday and Public Holidays)

Laksa Johor
Restaurant name: Restoran Bumbu Asli
Address: 36-L, Jalan Kolam Ayer, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.472003,103.736649
Hours: 7:00am to 4:00pm (closed on alternate Sundays)

Laksa Johor
Restaurant name: Dann's Café
Address: 42, Jalan Sagu, Taman Daya, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.547242,103.764613
Hours: 10:30am to 9:30pm


  1. price per dish?

    1. Very reasonable RM5 considering the ingredients and all the work that went into creating the dish.

  2. Tried restoran bumbu asli's laksa today. It was very good. Thanks for the recommendations.

  3. I've been living in permas for about 18 years and never knew the existance of al ansar cafe ! Thank you jk for the info.


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