Old-fashioned kuih getas retain their charm

The enduring allure of traditional Ramadan delights

MOHD AZLIM ZAINURY
MOHD AZLIM ZAINURY
24 Mar 2024 12:01pm
'Kuih getas'. - FILE PIX by Sinar
'Kuih getas'. - FILE PIX by Sinar
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KUALA LUMPUR - Despite the tide of modernisation, the allure of unique traditional sweets remains strong as a choice for breaking fast during Ramadan, according to stall owner Suriyani Sulong, 52, at the Jalan Raja Alang Ramadan bazaar.

Suriyani noted that these distinctive traditional treats, including 'kuih getas' or 'getas-getas', continue to captivate customers with their rich sweetness.

"Customers still seek out traditional sweets, despite the plethora of modern options.

"There's a timeless appeal to these old-fashioned treats," she said.

Having sold 'kuih getas' at her stall every Ramadan since 2007, Suriyani highlighted the enduring popularity of these treats, attributing it to their delicious taste and the fact that most are freshly made on the same day.

"While 'kuih getas' may be considered a simple traditional sweet, its taste is delightful, especially when served fresh," she said.

Suriyani noted that only one 'kuih getas' maker remains dedicated to supplying her stall, where they are priced at 60 cents each.

"Although older customers are the main patrons, younger generations are also drawn to these sweets, possibly due to familial traditions," she added.

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She stressed the simplicity of preparing these treats compared to other traditional sweets, along with the straightforward ingredients used.

"With its soft, chewy texture, 'kuih getas' is a popular choice for an afternoon snack, particularly during Ramadan for breaking fast," Suriyani added.