JOHOR BARU: Otak-otak, laksa Johor and telur pindang have been gazetted as heritage foods of Johor.
Telur pindang comprises eggs boiled with herbs and spices. The dish is popular at wedding feasts.
State tourism, environment, heritage and culture committee chairman K. Raven Kumar said the Johor government, through Yayasan Warisan Johor, was going through a list of foods to pick more dishes to represent the state.
Among the significant dishes in this southern state are mee rebus, kacang pool, lontong kering and briyani gam.
“The delicacy we pick must meet several criteria. The dishes must be unique and originally from Johor.
“This is important so that when people taste the food, they immediately associate it with the state,” he said when contacted.
Last week, Selangor announced its plan to gazette satay as its heritage food.
Selangor State Heritage and Malay Customs Corporation chairman Borhan Aman Shah was quoted as saying that satay, despite being widely available nationwide, is most popular in the Selangor district of Kajang.
On another matter, Raven Kumar said the state government would hold discussions with the relevant ministries and airlines on increasing the number of international routes at Senai International Airport.
“Based on the data, Johor receives a high number of foreign tourists from China, India, Japan and South Korea, among others.
“Our tourism industry is improving and we want it to do better. This is why we want to increase the air routes,” he added.
Raven Kumar said currently, Senai International Airport has flights to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Bangkok in Thailand, Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia, as well as Guangzhou in China.
“We are looking at opening more routes to China and India,” he added.