We are sure that you have tried or see somebody bake before. It doesn't matter whether they are cakes, breads or biscuits, if its baking you'll need an electrical oven to do it. Have you ever wonder how baking was like when there was no electricity?
Well, we are not turning this blog into another cooking blog but we would like to share with you about this traditional bakery in Simpang (5km from Taiping). We have met and chat with one of the owner's sons, Mr. Zulhisham about their unique bakery.
According to him, the bakery was started by his grandfather way back in 1957. During that time, electricity supply was something rare and can be afforded by only a few. Because of that, his grandfather designed and helped in constructing this brick oven, which also consist mixed material of cement, brown sugar, eggs and some other stuffs that makes it stands strong and functioning till today.
Mr. Zul then continues about the baking process which is done daily. Starting from 8AM, the oven will be filled with sufficient amount of woods. These woods will be burnt to ashes. The ashes will then be swept out and the bread dough prepared earlier will be put into the oven to bake.
This first load (up to 20-25 trays) starts to be baked from 12PM and is done by using the heat left from the burnt woods. The heat enables the bakery to do 3 rounds of baking daily.
Among items that you can buy here at the bakery are bread loaves, buns and dried bread biscuits or biskut lutut (directly translated as knee biscuits).
If you are intrested, the bakery is at the road to Kuala Sepetang, about 500 meters from the traffic light junction, opposite the Muslims' cemetery.