If you want to explore Sarikei off the beaten tracks, get out of the comfort of your car and cycle. Jalan Bangunan Kerajaan (Government Buildings Road) has the State and Federal Offices, government quarters, SESCO and the fire station but at the end of the road, you can find some Chinese country homes and low cost government housing.
The Chinese country homes there used to belong partly to the extended Yii family of Nguong Aik 源益 shop (17 Repok Road) and the Lim family who runs a hardware store at Berjaya Road (near Hung Kiew Kee restaurant).
Anyway, our story today is on the amazing maize. I nearly got chased away by the low cost housing owners as they thought I was there to pinch their vegetables and maize.
In the 1970s, street hawkers outside Cathay cinema at Central Road would put their ears of corn (the bigger version) in a recycled cooking oil tin and heat the water from below with charcoal. After the maize were cooked, they would be displayed them on top of the tin for sale. If you didn't like corn, there's always other tidbits like kacang putih nuts sold in newspaper cones.
Nowadays, if you trawl the Sarikei vegetables market at Bank Road or Nyelong Road, you will see maize displayed, usually the smaller versions shown above.
Do you like the smaller or bigger versions of Sarikei maize? No corny jokes please.