June 16, 2018

Sibu Tales : Cake Making and WI

The Women's Institute was recruiting members and our neighbours Kak and her sister joined. They persuaded my mum to join but she was adamant about not joining as she had many children to look after.

Before we had an oven, we used make shift ovens. One of the ways to bake a small cake was to use a curry pot and put charcoals on top. That really worked. We did make some cakes for a few Chinese new year and even a few small fruit cakes!! My mother was not impressed, but she just smiled.

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Making cake is never her cup of tea from the time ladies came around to recruit members for WI. Thus she was one of the few ladies along our street who did not learn how to bake.

But my father was keen to make her happy and bought her a second hand New World Oven when a British Officer returned to the UK. The whole family was over the moon for in those days not many people owned a good oven.

This led to lots of baking by my sisters using the splendid oven. Our aunts came and roasted chickens too. It was good to have an oven.


lilrappo said...

Dear Sarawakiana,

My name is Laura and I am a filmmaker residing in Kuala Lumpur. I came across your blog entry on the gold teeth capping trend: Gold Teeth and Dental Care in Sibu Then and Now; and found it really fascinating. I have been reading several of your blog entries and I really do enjoy your personal anecdotes and history narratives.

I am currently doing a documentary series on the topic of local stories from all over Malaysia. I would really like to get in touch with you in regards to documenting this gold teeth story in moving picture form as I feel more Malaysians especially the younger generation, should be aware of such interesting cultures that's coming from all over Malaysia especially from the Sabah and Sarawak region.

Sharing here is the link to some of my works just to ensure that this is not a scam or spam.

My email is laura.low.jia.xin@gmail.com.

Please do drop me an email and I can further explain the project with you via email.

Really hope to hear from you soon. I really love to tell this story and I think it would be such a great insight into the early dentalcare and healthcare system in Sarawak.


P.S: I had previously commented on the blog entry itself. But was worried you might not have read it. So apologies for writing here instead.

Anonymous said...

Big sister fruit cake!

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