THE current hot and dry spell may be the bane of many people but it is a boon to drink sellers.
The hot weather in the country is expected to cool off by the end of March and the aforementioned traders expect to see an increase in sales until then.
Herbal tea seller Tan Saik Kang, 67, said he has had many customers patronise his shop along Jalan Datuk Tahwil Azar since the hot spell started during the Chinese New Year.
“The current weather is no joke and I do believe that people should drink more leung sui (Chinese herbal tea).
“These drinks could really help bring down one’s body temperature and prevent someone from getting sick easily because of the heat,” he told MetroPerak.
Saik Kang, who sells ham char (salted herbal tea), said the concoction of various herbs and plants he brewed daily at his shop could help to cool down one’s body temperature.
“A cup of my ham char is enough to reduce the heat in the body for one day,” he said.
“I am expecting my business to do well during this hot spell,” he added.
Meteorological Department director-general Datuk Che Gayah Ismail was recently quoted as saying that the hot and dry spell was in its final phase.
The inter-monsoon season was expected to start in April, so parts of the country would experience rainfall and thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening until mid-May. At its highest, the daily temperature in Malaysia now is between 33°C and 35°C.
TCM Herbal Care Enterprise owner Tan Chew Mean, who has a shop in Greentown, said he expects customers to buy herbal drinks from him in the coming weeks.
Chew Mean, 48, said his business has been in operation for about eight years and it was the norm for customers to walk in to his shop to buy the herbal drinks every year.
“It is expected that the hot spell will come every Chinese New Year.
“People will come here to get the herbal drinks to cool down. I even make deliveries so I expect my business to pick up in the next few days,” he said.
Chew Mean, whose shop sells a variety of herbal drinks, said the chrysanthemum drink was a perennial favourite amongst his customers.
“It is more popular than the fu char (bitter herbal tea) or the ham char,” he said.
“The chrysanthemum drink is mild and can be taken on any other day while the fu char and ham char is usually taken when someone is starting to feel sick because of the weather,” he added.
Coconut water seller P. Sivalingam, 30, also said he has seen an increase in sales at his stall on Jalan Bendahara since the hot spell started.
“I usually sell about 10 coconuts on a normal day. I am now selling close to 20 daily.
“Coconut water is said to be a natural heat buster and can really cool down one’s body,” he said.
“Business has really been brisk from morning to evening and I am looking forward to more sales,” he added.
Hawker Andy Leong, 48, was seen busily preparing sugar cane juice at his stall, which also sells coconut water, lime juice and pang tai woon (Centella asiatica or pegaga) in Pasir Pinji.
“As you can see, there are still a lot of customers waiting for their drinks.
“I have sold about 100 coconuts since last week. I have no complaints if the hot weather persists,” he said in jest.