Brisk business for keropok makers


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Oct 2005

IPOH: From a small kuali in 1985, Nor Aziah Ibrahim now uses three large woks to meet the growing demand for her home-made keropok. 

And husband Nahrawi Rais, a retired soldier who also used to work with the Information Department, is now her full-time partner in the thriving business. 

Their house at Rancangan Perumahan Awam 2 in Ulu Kinta, near here, is filled to the brim with these snack food, waiting to be distributed to vendors. 

The couple have their hands full accepting orders for their varieties of banana, potato and tapioca keropok. 

Nor Aziah, 47, said: “I started frying the keropok in a kuali, and when business picked up, I got a larger wok. 

BOOMING DEMAND: Nahrawi and Nor Aziah stacking up packets of crackers in theirhouse, which is packed with supplies waiting to be picked up by vendors.

The mother of four said she now has three large woks, adding that she roped in her husband to help when the business expanded. 

Nahrawi, 55, said during the current Ramadan season, he and his wife would prepare the crackers between 7am and 1pm daily. 

“We receive orders from all over Perak,” he said when met at their home. 

When Ramadan is over, they will go back to plying their trade at the Kampung Simee and Medan Gopeng pasar tani (agro-bazaar) during the weekends.  

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