A new reader found this blog and we exchanged emails. He probably found this blog through the viral social media of facebook (Sarikeian group). His emails were the inspiration for this post.
Seng Huat 生發 kopitiam (No. 13 Wharf Road) was owned by a old Hainanese couple who had two daughters. The younger one was named 曾月妹. It was the coffee shop for the best chendol, best kaya, best roti, best kopi, best teh (tea) and best cakes in the 1940s. In its heydays, a roti pau (bun) with delectable coconut fillings cost only 20 cents. The Hainanese are known for their coffee shop expertise. They migrated (to where?) and their nephew, Lim Ming Aik took over the shop's operations and sold beverages. His daughter, Grace Lim, is (was?) a teacher at St Anthony's School. Another daughter works at SESCO Sarikei. His eldest daughter, a nurse, has migrated to Perth. Another son, a chemist, has apparently migrated to Perth too.
There was a billiard table at the backw where you could play "four ball American game" in the 1950s.
The back portion of the shop was rented out to a bread maker, Yii Suk King, one of Sarikei's earliest bread makers. Yii Suk Ing passed away in 1970 (?). He is survived by his wife and son, Ah Kuok, who still carried on with the family business of selling cookies, kompia and egg muffins at the Nyelong market.
Photo taken by Mayna Studio
The kam pua noodle stall was initially operated by a Foochow named "Ah Mei". Lim "Ah Woo" was his assistant and later rented the stall and operated it with his wife. Ah Woo (deceased in 1997) later became a famous kam pua noodle chef.
His stall was often patronised by the Cantonese from Sare who made the river journey from Sare to Sarikei by wooden motor boats. The Cantonese brought products such as dried black and white peppercorns in exchange for sundry goods with the neighbouring shops such as 六勝 Luk Seng (No. 7 Wharf Road) and 富春 Fu Chen (No. 10 Wharf Road).
Those were the days. Yummy oodles of noodles, anyone?