In recent years, there’s been a slew of Southeast Asian references in Marvel comics.
In January 2020, comic fans began searching for Madripoor, based off Singapore, after the logo of the fictional island was leaked from the set of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier miniseries.
Two years before that, a Malaysian snack made out of palm sugar and banana mush cooked in banana leaf, lepat pisang was featured in Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor #4.
— Emperor Alleef (@ComicsLord) August 23, 2018
Now, yet another Southeast Asian delicacy has made it to Marvel comics. This dish, is particularly famous in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.
According to video games website Kakuchopurei, the dish is none other than the laksa.
Laksa is an extremely popular noodle soup dish with a variety of renditions across Southeast Asia. Commonly served in a spicy curry soup that’s made out of coconut milk or tamarind, each country has its own version.
Well loved for its spicy yet unique taste, a vegetarian version of the popular dish was served by the mutant with transparent skin Glob in his home on Krakoa, a mutant island in issue #10 of New Mutants.
Glob, whose real name is Robert Herman, is visited by Magik or Illyana Rasputin, a Russian superheroine as he was collecting eggs from his chicken coop.
The entire scene depicts a slice of life in rural Malaysia.
What’s even more amazing is the fact that Marvel even included a recipe in the issue.
This is the second time the laksa got mentioned.
Previously the dish was name dropped in #1 of Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor.
The best part, it’s among Magneto’s famous dish to try in Madripoor.
— Emperor Alleef (@ComicsLord) May 29, 2018
If you’re keen on finding out more about the laksa, we’ve even written about its origins here.