Sarawak Laksa Makes It To Anthony Bourdain's Top 10 Wish List For His Food Market In NYC

"Dishes from my travels that I want, badly, for my eventual market in NYC."

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World-renowned chef and multiple Emmy-winning TV personality Anthony Bourdain is assembling a 'dream team' for a food market that he is planning to open in NYC by 2017.

Here's the best part, Bourdain wants our sarawak laksa to be featured in the market!

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Bourdain first announced in January 2014 his ambitious plan to open a giant food market in New York, when he spoke about a desire to assemble a dream team of chefs, operators and street food and hawker legends from around the world.

Bourdain and his partners sub-leased the main concourse and mezzanine of Pier 57 at 15th Street, one of the largest shipping piers located along the Hudson River.

Slated for completion in the second half of 2017, Bourdain Market will feature 100 retail and wholesale food vendors from New York, other US cities and overseas. It will also include fishmongers, butchers, bakers and at least one full-service restaurant.

As Bourdain gears up to make sure his food market a sure success, he has listed 10 dream dishes he wants to feature in his market, with dishes from various countries around the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Mexico

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The sarawak laksa that will be part of the popular chef's food market will be from the crowd favourite Choon Hui Cafe in Kuching, Sarawak.

Bourdain shared a 10-dish wish list for the market via The List App.

Bourdain describes this collection: "Dishes from my travels that I want, badly, for my eventual market in NYC. These are the dishes, as prepared by the original vendors, that we need and deserve."

While some Malaysians might disagree with this, four dishes from Singapore, including the claypot rice, white pepper crab, Hainanese chicken rice and char kway teow are part of Bourdain's wish list too

Geylang claypot rice at 639 Geylang Claypot Rice Lor 33, Singapore.

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White pepper crab at JB Ah Meng, Singapore.

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Char kway teow at Hill Street Fried Kway Teow, Singapore.

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Hainanese chicken rice at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Singapore.

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We think it might have to do with the fact that these dishes are originally from Malaysia, or so we would like to believe! ;)

Also, did we mention that Penang's char kway teow was in listed in Huffington Post's listicle on best 19 local delicacies that are a must-try!

He also listed three dishes he wants from Hong Kong including the Michelin-starred dim sum by Tim Ho Wan

Michelin-starred dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong.

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Beef brisket and shrimp wonton noodle soup at Mak's Noodle Shop, Hong Kong.

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BBQ pork and roast goose at Joy Hing Roasted Meat, Hong Kong.

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The Vietnamese bún thái and Mexican cod and octopus ceviche tostada might also be included in Bourdain's food market

Cod and octopus ceviche tostada at La Guerrerense, Mexico.

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Bún thái at The Lunch Lady, Vietnam.

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With all the excitement going on about the revolutionary food market, Bourdain has teased his fans with sketches that illustrate how the market will look like

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New York has had an explosion of megamarkets and food halls over the last five years, but this one promises to be different for several reasons, starting with its epic size: 155,000 square feet, dwarfing the city’s other food markets.

The project’s ambition and risks are formidable, most notably the task of securing visas for scores of small overseas vendors, then transporting and housing them here.

There's still quite a while until the Anthony Bourdain-developed food hall opens at Pier 57, but Bourdain Market's Instagram account has been pretty active in interim, releasing sketches of what the new market will look like, and posting images of several food markets across the world that it will take inspiration from.

The sketches have all been created by Roman and Williams, who are going to work on the interiors of the market.

We Malaysians love our laksa dishes! But did you know that there are so many types of laksa dishes in Malaysia?

Laksa lovers out there, you may want to check out these places!

On the other hand, night markets, or as we call it in Malaysia, pasar malam, have been mushrooming around the United States: