Mi racun, a signature dish of batu pahat

Last update: 18/02/2020

By Kamarul Halim M Kamal

BATU PAHAT, Feb 18 -- A trip to Batu Pahat will not be considered complete without savouring a bowl of noodles in a spicy tomato-based gravy known as ‘mi racun´ (poisonous noodles).

For those unfamiliar with the name of the iconic dish in the district, it may sound deadly but the flavour of it would just make one fall in love with the unique dish, and of course, it is harmless.

Muhd Hussein A Jabar, a 46-year-old mi racun seller, said the upgraded version of tomato noodles are now available in two types, namely mi racun ‘gearbox´ (mutton bone marrow) and the original version (served with beef).

The history of the noodles began with his Indian-born grandfather, Naina Mohd, who came to this country in the 60s and sold only a variety of ‘rojak´ (pasembur), including ‘rojak mi'.

Pasembur is a Malaysian dish consisting of shredded cucumber and turnip, prawn fritters and beancurd served with a savoury peanut sauce.

“My grandfather wanted to do something different, he created a secret recipe for the noodle until it became an ‘addiction´ among his customers,” he told Bernama when met at his stall in Taman Sri Jaya here recently.

According to Muhd Hussein, his father and uncle, who inherited the recipe, passed down the family recipe to him and his three cousins, for them to continue the legacy of the mi racun, which can only be found in Batu Pahat.

Besides his stall, he said one of his cousins also opened three branches selling mi racun at Jalan Sultanah (original stall), Jalan Timah Sari, and Sri Gading using the secret recipe from their grandfather.

"Although there are currently four noodle stalls in the district, each stall offers the same taste because we inherited the same recipe as it is our family legacy," he said.

He explained that he did not prevent other traders from using the name of ‘Mee Racun Tulang´, but they definitely tasted different.

“Currently, we have no plans to expand our business outside Batu Pahat, let the mi racun continue to be the speciality in this district. When people mention about mi racun, they will think about Batu Pahat,” he said.

Since the stall opened in 2010, Muhd Hussein said many VIPs and celebrities including the late Zaibo, Malaysian actor and comedian, came to the stall to enjoy both versions of the noodles.

The eatery operates daily from 4 pm to 11 pm except on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.