We would definitely have Laksa Johor every Eid in JB, we would have it at my grandma's house, and then at my Mak Ngah's (aunt's) house, and if we're lucky, my other aunt from KL would send us the gravy. hers was our favourite. thanks to an anonymous comment in my previous blog entry Seri Muka, asking me to make laksa johor, we managed to get ourselves into preparing and eating this tedious yet delicious and fine dish. i have to be honest here, it was mum and dad who actually made them. credits all should go to them (and my aunt in kl who shared her recipe with mum on the phone a day before Eid.)
Unlike other laksas from other states, Laksa Johor is rarely found in stalls. this dish needs lots of helping hands. you really need more than 1 person to help you out, otherwise you'll be stuck in the kitchen from morning till night. i suppose the more people helping the merrier, especially during the festive season.
We try to make it as traditional as we can, we try to make every bit of it as "Johor" as we can, from shaping the sphagetti, cutting the cucumber to dicing the salted redish to extremely fine and tiny.
Thankfully we found all the ingredients needed - plenty of fish, prawns, salted fish, dried shimps, desicated coconut, coconut milk, dried chillies, chilli powder, curry powder, galangal, lemongrass, onions and garlic, sphaghetti, and for garnishing - cucumber, red chillies and shrimp paste for the sambal, phew leaf (daun kesum), beansprouts, salted redish and lime (couldnt find limau kasturi) it was a complete and wholesome dish!
I have lots of photos to share on this signature Johorian dish - too many in fact. one with Hardy eating, and one with my sister Fifi eating but i will spare them the embarassment. it is our favourite malay dish, so just imagine us eating it full heartedly, heads all down concentrating on what's on the plate, and after every mouthfull we would go"Mmmmm...."
It was all worth the wait, worth the effort, worth waiting for, and worthy to be one of Malays fine dishes. We had the best raya!!