Tropical tuna could be next Malaysian signature dish

JOHOR BAHRU, 7 July 2019: 

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is encouraging small and medium industry operators to venture into food production based on tuna.

Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said the effort is the right step forward to meet demand in line with the growing tuna industry in the country.

“With the use of technology and improved recipes suitable to the local taste as well as continuous promotion, demand for new products such as tuna steak, tuna satay and tuna burger can exceed RM750,000 a month nationwide,” he said after launching Tuna Steak and Tuna Entrepreneur Development at Restoran Mr Noh at Plaza Angsana here yesterday. Also present was Fisheries director-general Datuk Munir Mohd Nawi.

Salahuddin said the production of tuna in the country will be surpassing 130,000 tonnes next year valued at more than RM2 billion.

In this regard, as an incentive for entrepreneurs to venture into tuna-based food production, his ministry would be carrying out promotion and business matching on a large scale with several parties.

He said cooperation with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry would be held to introduce tuna-based menu at hotels and tourist destinations in the country.

Individuals interested in becoming entrepreneurs in the field can also register with the Fisheries Department to seek guidance, he said.

“Tuna steak is produced 100% from yellowfin tuna which is delicious and rich in omega 3, vitamin A, B6, B12 and is low in calories which is good for the heart.

“Based on the nutrients of tuna, tuna steak is another choice for people going on a diet. The new product indirectly supports the upstream and downstream industries of tuna.”

On Restoran Mr Noh which began operation in 2016, Salahuddin said the restaurant which is known for otak-otak and nasi briyani, has ventured into offering tuna steak for locals and Singaporean tourists.

– Bernama