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18.10.2013 | 卅幾年來

[Volume 8 Issue 10, #1806]
喺呢個繁鬧都市中某一個被人遺忘嘅巷口嘅一個簡陋角落, 你都可能會經過呢一個小小車仔檔而不察覺佢嘅存在.. [地點: 吉隆坡葉亞來路馬來亞銀行對面]
in a rundown corner of a forgotten lane within this bustling city, you will most probably pass by this little cart-stall yet do not realize its existence.. [location: opposite Maybank Jalan Yap Ah Loy branch in Kuala Lumpur]
檔主係一位年邁嘅大嬸, 呢個小小嘅車仔檔就係得一個大概三尺高兩尺闊嘅玻璃櫃(同埋大嬸坐嘅一張膠凳), 確實係毫不起眼..
manned by an old lady, this stall has got only a glass cabinet which is about three-foot tall and two-foot wide (and a plastic stool for her to sit), which i say quite unnoticeable..
年邁大嬸其實冇好多嘢賣, 數落都係嗰兩盤嘅咖央角同咖央蛋糕卷, 或者有時都會有一盤蛋撻嘅.. 靠搵食嘅, 佢係得咁多..
the old lady doesn't have a lot to sell, but just a couple of trays of kaya puffs and kaya roll, maybe sometimes a tray of egg custard tart.. that are all she does to earn her living..
大嬸自己一手一腳整嘅咖央角, 外皮穌脆爽口, 內裡嘅咖央餡香濃鬆軟.. 好多時候, 我都會唔覺意咁一次過幹掉好幾件㗎~~ :)
homemade by the lady herself, the kaya puff is crispy and puff on the outside, and the kaya filling inside is soft and rich in flavor.. many times i can wallop a few pieces at one go without realizing that~~ :)
除咗咖央角之外, 咖央蛋糕卷亦係大嬸嘅名物.. 雖然同現代西餅店嘅蛋糕相比之下, 佢係冇咗份貴氣, 但係食得出係用心做出嚟嘅味道..
besides kaya puffs, this kaya roll is also the lady's signature item.. though it may seem to lack of the "wow" as compared to modern bakeries, what you can tell by eating this kaya roll is that she made it with heart..
三十幾年, 大嬸仍然係度擺檔.. 同三十年前RM0.30一件大大件相比, 今日嘅RM1.20一件雖然係明顯縮咗水, 不過味道仲係三十年前嗰個味道.. 食大嬸嘅咖央角同咖央蛋糕卷, 好多時候都會不經意想起我媽媽, 想起她以前去市區都會買一打半打返嚟, 而我就最喜歡第二日每樣帶一件去返學.. :)
for over thirty years, the old lady is still manning her stall at the same spot.. compared to a big piece selling at only RM0.30 thirty years ago, though the current RM1.20 a piece seems to have shrunk in size, the taste did not change from what it was thirty years ago.. while having these kaya puffs and kaya roll, at times i will incidentally think of my mum, think of her who used to buy half or a dozen back home whenever she went downtown, and i would always pack one piece of each to school the next day.. :)
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    1. Would loves to try it out if have the chance...

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    2. U didn't take picture with the Aunty?

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  2. I may have seen her around those parts before...but I'm not a fan of those so I never bought any from her or from anywhere else.

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    1. I seem to like everything she sold at her stall. What's wrong with STP's tongue?

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    2. I am laughing so loud now. I always laugh at TM's comments..

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  3. I saw her on Axian's show few months back when he was retracing the history of surrounding area.:-)

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  4. Today SK show a change in his blogging style.

    I like it.

    Jazz things up once in a while, right SK?

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    1. Me too, I like it as well!! =]

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    2. Anay also "Like" X 1000 times.... Yeah he has to add few photos to add excitement here! If old lady showed PEACE signs, whoooooaaa best!

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    3. haha..that's would be awesome!

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  5. Morning!!! Morning!!! Everyone & SK!!! =]

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  6. Good morning Bloggers!

    Happy Friday is the best day of the week.

    Tomorrow can go to look for that old aunty selling puffs and cakes! We can show her this blog post and probably get few pieces FREE!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Aiyoh you all, later auntie cannot cari makan as no profit when bloggers kept dropping by and asking for free puffs and cakes. LOL

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    2. Don't ask for free lar.. TM. You should promote auntie's yummy kaya puffs and kaya rolls just like you promote your friend's Nasi Kandar shop leh... Probably this auntie will get into a new shop later leh... *wink*

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  7. I looked at the fillings you showed close-up. It is really tempting and good! She must be using her family's secret recipe to bake them for so long. I wonder why she never opened big shops to franchise them. Maybe she is not business minded enough to think so far. SK Ah Boy showed write a long proposal and convince her to expand lah. Has she got any eligible daughters or granddaughter that took your fancy? You didn't tell us this part that you frequented her stall knowing that she has a beautifool Princess!

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    1. She is so famous until her article appeared full page inside the Chinese papers. I must go and see her soon. Me and wife love to eat such pastries too. We normally had to buy from Kampar which the QC there is not consistent one. No wonder that Kampar shop didn't appear in newspapers.

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    2. I am very much not business minded so I do not like when a quaint shop turned into a franchise and in turn, lose it's heart that made the shop/business a hit in the first place.

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    3. Agreed Lina, there are some turned into a franchise or upgraded or even move some where. The taste was just not the same anymore...I also don't know why.

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  8. She has increased from 0.30 sen to RM1.20 today. Hmmmm... I think her price of 0.30sen being sold 30 years ago was more expensive!!!!! How did I figure that out? 30 years ago I could get a glass of Kopi-O for 30-50 sen but not RM1.20 today. In other words, she can increase her puffs higher a bit lah. Please go and tell her that Najis' Inflation will make her gulung tikar if she doesn't follow the market trend and pricing.

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    1. I think she will hv heart attack if ah boy go n tell her that. Might even think ah boy kurang siuman ciz usually customers will bising say why increase price. Suddenly ah boy go tell her and ask her to increase price wor...must be mad.

      Don't kacau this auntie leh. She might have big bamboo rod hidden under the cart . Might wack ah boy leh.

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    2. Ah Boy so darn leng chai, th auntie sure won't whack him la if he kacau her also!

      Anay OTOH may kena whack with a cane! LOL

      Jangan marah Anay... :P

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    3. LOL...maybe the auntie will earmark Ah Boy to be her son-in-law? :p

      why la wanna whack anay? Letchumi kan ada next to him. Letchumi so innocent looking leh

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  9. Morning SK and everyone. Your first few pictures look normal. Wah, after scroll down, I'm drooling already. These are my favourites... Kaya puffs and kaya rolls.. I can wallop the whole roll I tell ya..

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    1. SK, you should have taken a picture with the aunty, haha.. And tell her that you are her loyal "fan-see"..

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    2. She might be flattered and give you FOC a few more pieces of puffs and rolls, haha

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  10. Good afternoon SK!
    Wah so rajin lately! ;)

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    1. This stall is indeed very 难得!Never know there's such an old styled stall in the busy KL city!
      Though old styled but I bet the food taste yummy, 分分钟比那些餐厅的来得好吃!

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    2. If I stay/work nearby, I won't mind to buy from her often, cause I love kaya puff and cakes!
      From your photo, the kaya puffs looks really good, and the kaya roll, OMG! I so wanna have a bite now!

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    3. They make such a great breakfast and tea time snacks right!
      RM1.20 is quite ok la, since everything also becoming expensive nowadays. KL people sure can afford it.
      Most importantly is it taste good!

      So now that you have make a free advertisement for the lady, I bet her business will become better lo!! ;)

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    4. I can see actually her business is quite good already la right? Got published in the paper before.
      Ok, next time if I happen to be around that area, I'll look for her, and show her your post, and tell her 'auntie you see my blogger friend SK ah boy blogged about you before!' xD

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    5. She was in TV too lah! Not only newspaper. ;-)

      SK always rajin wert...

      *bodek SK punya mode* LOL

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  11. My comment hilang againnnn...adoi

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    1. Probably already kena marked and immediately masuk spam folder, Meow.

      How much you spammed already today? LOL

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    2. Meow, your comments always masuk my spam folder one, I also dunno why ler... So I have to approved from there, then only your comments will appear...

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    3. sobs...cham la me ...always masuk spam

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  12. Means you been "pong chan" this lady since you were a kid lah?.that tome this lady must have been a lenglui leh. Lol.

    I noticed that in kl every corner we turn there is small stall like this. Most amazing is that most of these stall hv newspaper cuttings pasted on them. They been interview by such n such newspaper.

    Does it really makes a difference to the business? For me I don't really "read" though some may be in english. Maybe it's helpful fot tourist gua.

    This lady been selling for so long. I winder why she doesn't expand her business. Could it be she is satisfied with what she had now or just scared if handling a bakery. From your photos, the swiss rolls and puff looks good leh. Hmmm...maybe will sell off very fast.

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    1. I think it is good that the newspaper/editor/reporter has a segment about all these stalls and old-style eateries to highlight what we already starting to lose. Right?

      Maybe she couldn't expand due to shortage on manpower, Meow?

      Wanna sell so much/ open big shop also not easy. Have to hire and fire people. Manage some more. More overheads. Production also must increase to meet demand.

      Perhaps she is content with what she has.

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    2. she has been there for so many years..I salute her!

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    3. Could be short of manpower but now she getting older...wondering how much longer she can open this stall. hopefully there is someone who will takeover the skil from her la

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    4. Could be short of manpower but now she getting older...wondering how much longer she can open this stall. hopefully there is someone who will takeover the skil from her la

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    5. Could be short of manpower but now she getting older...wondering how much longer she can open this stall. hopefully there is someone who will takeover the skil from her la

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  13. I see the kaya must be homemade coz it's not smooth punya. Fresh kaya. Wah put into the puff and rolls sure ho chiak.

    Rm1.20 kira ok la.those big bakery some selling rm2 a tiny piece leh..a bit famous punya charge higher leh.

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  14. I love egg custards tarts if they have the layer type of "skin". Dont like the "biscuit" type of skin.

    Hmm...can't see clearly in the photo how is skin like.

    I like tarts from tong kee and fung wong coz of the skin.

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  15. Its disheartening to see senior folks working at this age unless its just to fill time. THANX for sharing. Will certainly swing by to check out the noms. The kaya looks like the old fashion ones that my granny makes.

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    1. I'm sure she does it as a hobby. At the same time, she's earning some money.

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  16. Vanakum! 30 years is sure a long long time.

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    1. Back in the 30yrs, I was only 2 yo! :D

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  17. SK good morning yeah. Right now the time was 12.17am.

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    1. RM1.20 is still a lil bit of expensive. But standard living in KL very high - no choice right? She has to sell and earn for living.

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    2. You mean egg tart, kaya roll and kaya puff is RM1.20 EACH? Same price kah?

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    3. Hmm, if have to revalued the RM1.20. It is still cheap though. Eggs price increased too. Auntie has to choose the right eggs to make all this delicious kaya filling. Coconut milk leh? Sugar leh? not cheap nowadays.

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    4. Even auntie bought in bulk - it won't cost cheap too. Usually this kind of thing we can't stored it for too long. I'm sure auntie has put all the effort and maintain the freshness of the kaya filling. As a nutshell, RM1.20 is worth it...

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  18. Yes, the kaya puff and kaya rolls are really delicious from the photo itself. I'm even more impressed with her hard work and effort to make those delicious snack to sell on everyday.

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    1. Hmm, I wonder why no one helping her? pity her too. SK please "phong chan" her every time if you can k... For me I'll definitely will buy from her.

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    2. Auntie only sells in the morning?
      [location: opposite Maybank Jalan Yap Ah Loy branch in Kuala Lumpur].. Hopefully I can buy from her if I'm in KL next time.

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    3. Wow, you and your mum already know about this auntie, 30yrs ago? Salute her, still capable to do business. Maybe like Wenn mentioned, as a hobby. Yeah, do what they like the most to pass time, rather be at home doing nothing.

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    4. hi, Angeline! We miss you! Do come back to our blogs! :)

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  19. I love kaya too! Simple fare but yet can capture our taste buds.

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  20. SK,
    Totally out of topic.

    But my theory on what we discussed on Friday morning was correct hor? :-D

    So, spam away there! Kikiki

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  21. I would love to have this kind of sincere seller in my area. Atm, the sellers here are re-sellers.

    They bought the kuih from others and re-sell it, I hardly ever buy lol

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  22. Another unlucky dawn for me, it's 4am.. reading your food post and a bit hungry.. jialatttttttttt!!!!!

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  23. Sometimes those unnoticeable one always taste awesome lo!!! =]

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    1. She even on the newspaper, not bad lo, there're some little stall almost like this at Kepong here also, and my mom always buy it at least once in a week!!! =]

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    2. Some taste might change after so many years, is good that she still manage to keep the same taste!!! =]

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    3. My mom did the same thing too, I always bring something like this for lunch break last time, really miss those days!!! =]

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  24. Oh? I didn't know about this stall. These authentic original goodies are getting lesser by the day so it's always good to know of any place that sells them. Thanks for sharing, SK. Her products must be really nice to be able to survive all these years. That kaya puff sure looks delicious! I'll need to make my way there soon.

    Btw, did she know you were photographing her and her stall?

    Talk about authentic original food, I like the 'nian kao' at the Imbi area. Glad they have it all-year-round.

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  25. Wow...she is still going strong after 30 years huh!

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  26. I think if you don't mention about this....majority won't know about such stall existence at all.

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  27. She was even mentioned in a newspaper before. That means her kuih is really yummy. :D

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  28. 良心小販喺我呢度經已絕跡!可悲~~~

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  29. From these pictures, I know how best is the Kaya puff, Kaya swissroll and egg tarts. Everything home bake is the best, I believe so. This is such a sweet post, especially when you said, having these kaya puffs and swissroll reminded you of your mom.

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  30. Hi, I was looking for this "kaya" stall for long, is it opened in the morning??

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  31. I also like to eat this kaya roll. will always buy one whole roll everytime I buy and it will last me and my family for about 4 days.

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