When Malacca was still under colonial rule as the British Crown Colony of the Straits, Mr Puah Sen Fong (transliteration) who originated from Qiongzhou (now Hainan) established himself in Machap, producing oven-dried bread strips for the locals. Since 1935, Kenn Guan Hiong has been succeeded for four generations. 83 years later today, Roti Kok has become a household favourite in the southern region of Malaysia.
After the founder, Mr Puah Sen Fong (transliteration), passed away in 1970, the second generation owner Mr Puah Chian Po (transliteration) took over operations of the bread factory, until handing it over to the third generation Mr Puah Kia Men in 2000. As the fourth generation, Mr Puah Chai Fei, completed his studies, he also helps his family in managing the age-old business. Freshly baked roti kok, pairing with rich aromatic coffee, is the collective memory of local residents growing up in Machap Baru. Several decades of changes have passed, yet the heirs prevail in maintaining the well-established business, this persistence enables younger generations to have a taste of the previous generation’s lingering warmth.
Text: Yew Wan Ting & Pua Hui Wen
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