Monday, September 22, 2008

Sarawak's Layer Cake (Kek Lapis Sarawak)

Salam everyone… First of all I’m sorry for the long silence. I know I haven’t posted anything for quite sometime. I was sick for the whole week and therefore didn’t turn up for work. And my wireless connection at home? It only made me realize then, that I had stopped paying for my broadband bills since I can’t remember when. So I was left unconnected to the world. So you can pretty much assume that the past weeks weren’t so interesting for me since I had to stay home and do nothing other than to sleep and rest as being advised by the doctor.

But comes weekend, and when I was feeling much better; my mom had drag me along to a local pastry shop or maybe I shouldn’t say it a pastry shop since it only operated in a residential house in a nearby village not far from my house. It is a small business of making and selling Sarawak’s famous layer cakes also known as the Kek Lapis operated by a local lady named Puan Dayang Salhah. The “Kedei” (shop) was situated at Kampung Gersik, the village across the waterfront sidewalk. Puan Dayang Salhah started her business about several years ago right from her house. In the early days, her house was small and crowded.
But nowadays, when her business is doing very well she had managed to renovate the old kampung house to a bigger and better place. She even had installed her place with air cond. I was really surprise to learn that despite all the improvement and the upgrade of its “kedei”, she still managed to sell her Kek Lapis at the same old CHEAP price!!! For a quarter Kek Lapis the selling price is as low as RM10 onwards and for a full tray (9”X9”) the selling price is RM35 onwards. Where else can you find Kek Lapis that is cheaper than that? Puan Dayang Salhah’s business is doing really well that she had to prepare hundreds or maybe even thousands of printed boxes for her Kek Lapis to be shipped away to her customers both in the Peninsular and the West Malaysia. Even Malaysian celebrities would make it a must to stop down here to get their hands on this famous Kek Lapis whenever they were here in Kuching, Sarawak. If you don’t believe me you could just come and see it yourself here. There are countless celebrities photos being framed and proudly hang on the wall of this shop. To name a few, I saw the photos of Norman Hakim and Abby Abadi, Erra Fazira, Fasha Sandha, Umie Aida and many more. Infact, here’s a little confession to make…that night when my mom and I were there at that shop, guess who we met? The host of Jalan-jalan Cari Makan Show-Tengku Maria Sabri and Azlee of Senario. See? I told u celebrities do come to this place often.

Well that’s it for now. Just thought of sharing my experienced with all of you ladies out there. You might wana checked out the place since Hari Raya is just around the corner. And you know what, though buying cakes are not as special as making one yourself, but it definitely would save up your time and energy. Signing out. TheWonderWoman

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