RAUB: With the Chinese New Year fast approaching, many outlets have come up with a host of festive delicacies, cookies and other items to rake in the sales.
Over in the former mining town of Raub here - there is no exception - despite it being a shadow of its glorious past.
A hive of activities are expected pretty soon as many locals return home from outstation to spend time with family and usher in the Year of the Rooster.
Taking advantage of this joyous atmosphere is one traditional coffeeshop called Kedai Kopi Sun Yuen Cheong.
This is the place to stop by for a good cup of Hainan white coffee and tasty snacks.
Located in the middle of a busy main street in town, the coffeeshop has been in existence for more than 43 years.
Proprietor James Ngoh said he took over the shop from his aging parents about five years ago.
Nothing much has changed, both interior and outside, maintaining its old facade, including its wall cabinet and ceiling fans.
“Now, with my younger brother, we manage it with some 10 workers six days a week.
“We are closed every Sunday to prepare handmade biscuits and cookies for sale,” he told Star Metro.
Ngoh, 46, said among its signatures dishes were Hainan toast served with homemade kaya, sponge, egg and butter cakes - all freshly baked and 100% handmade with fresh ingredients.
Other much sought after snacks include handmade pan mee (flat noodle), nasi lemak rendang and beef noodle.
Several festive cookies and pastries are also available now but only for this upcoming festive period.
Kuih Kapit or love letter is one and comes in three flavours - original, special white coffee and duck egg.
“Our best seller is still the original flavour at RM24 per tin,” he said, adding that the other two new flavours were priced RM2 more.
Love letter is a crispy and delicious wafer and very essential in most households to welcome in the festive season.
Ngoh said all their biscuits and festive cookies are priced between RM16 and RM24.
He said if purchases are made in bulk, a special discount would be given.
There are also convenient portion packs of white coffee and milk tea for sale to individuals, hotels, restaurants and other food service business.
For the time being, Ngoh said he had no immediate plans to branch out or open a second outlet.
“I prefer to manage this first and preserve our quality of food and beverages.
“Some things cannot be rushed. If your products are good and tasty, people will come here, no matter what,” said the bachelor, pointing out that during weekends, public and school holidays, tourist buses on a day trip here would drop by at his outlet.
For more details, contact him at 012-393 1100 or visit his outlet at No 25, Jalan Tun Razak from 7am to 4pm.