Johor royal family member shares her 100-year-old opor ayam recipe and authentic laksa Johor

For their Raya get-together, everyone in Balkis' family contributes a dish, and the table often includes Johor staples like laksa Johor, lodeh and opor ayam, as well as other dishes like dendeng, rendang ayam and sambal sotong. Photos: YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

YM Ungku Balkis Ungku Abdul Hamid is the picture of elegance and poise – her perfect comportment never wavering, even though everything around her is pure chaos.

She is in the home of her younger sister YM Ungku Murhamah, better known as Shireen – a house she pops into frequently as this is where her mother, 81-year-old family matriarch Esah Ahmad typically stays.

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