Cik Nah will continue making Halwa Maskat to preserve its heritage

14/01/2023 12:38 PM

KUALA PERLIS, Jan 14 (Bernama) -- Traditional kuih (snacks) maker, Maznah Mat, is determined to continue making her famous but increasingly forgotten traditional dessert, Halwa Maskat, in her efforts to get the sweet concoction known among the younger generation.

For the uninitiated, Halwa Maskat, a sticky sweet, is believed to have originated from the Middle East.

She said as long as there is demand, she will continue to make Halwa Maskat, so that this traditional dessert is known to young people.

“Due to my deep interest and love for traditional delicacies, especially Halwa Maskat, I will continue to make it, even though the process is long, tedious and complicated compared with other Malay traditional snacks,” said the 67-year-old grandmother.

Affectionally known as Cik Nah, she said that many people are not willing to produce the dessert, as the whole process takes two days; one day is spent on processing the flour and another day is needed for stirring the dessert until it is perfectly cooked.

“ I used to offer young people to work with me to produce Halwa Maskat, but no one was willing to take up the offer. So, now I get help from my children and grandchildren,” said Maznah, who is a single mother of three.

Maznah said although she is not as strong as she used to be, she still very passionate about producing Halwa Maskat, which she learned from her late aunt 47 years ago, because the satisfaction in fulfilling her customers’ expectations was simply indescribable.

“Most of the customers are tourists to Kampung Seberang Ramai; they are attracted by the sweetness of this dessert and some also say that they have not enjoyed Halwa Maskat for a long time, which brings back memories of their childhood," she said.

She said the response has been very encouraging as many tourists came to the village as a result of the attraction of the Royal Project of the Kampung Warna Warni Seberang Ramai, mooted by the Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, which started in 2020.

She recalled that Halwa Maskat was a popular dessert in the 60s and 70s, especially during the fasting month of Ramadan and Aidilfitri celebrations.

“I still remember when I was young, people from the village who wanted to go to Makkah to perform the hajj would order the dessert from my family, to bring along for their journey,” she said.

She added that to make the dessert she would use ingredients found around the house, namely wheat flour, water, pandan leaves, cooking oil and food colouring.

To increase the taste and aroma of the dessert, she would add raisins, almonds and sesame seeds, and she sells it at RM14 for a medium-sized container.


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