At the height of cholera epidemic in Siby my father bought some nga lak bui because he said that these glasses could withstand scalding or even boiling so that we could have clean "cups" to drink from. He discarded the enamelled tin cups and plates because he was worried that germs might be lurking in some of the cracks of the paint/enamel.
I must say my siblings never had problems with runny stomachs in those days.
All coffee shops in Sibu in those days had a special hot water "catchment" (another future post) to sterilise cups and glasses which gave the Coffee Shop Association a special mention during one of the Health Reports sessions of the Sibu Urban District Council meetings.
(Whenever there was an outbreak of some contagious diseases coffee shops often were the first targetted cases to be checked by the Health Department in those days.)
My father would have the set of glasses sterilised each morning after he boiled the first kettle of water for his coffee and my mum's coffee.
My brother and I have a great love for nga lak bui before some of us took on mugs with those nice designs and handles.
But we continue to keep these old fashion " glasses" in our homes...Now my son has a good collection of his own:
These glasses are found in many coffee shops in Sibu and elsewhere in Sarawak...sometimes coffee is served with a small plastic saucer, which is usually red in colour.
|Photo courtesy of (Do you Remember?)|