24 Jul '11, 5am

Vanishing trades: Malt Candy @ Holland V. #iremembersg

Those who grew up here in the ’50s will remember the classic lollipop-style sweets made from caramelised malt sold by street-side hawkers. Known as beh leh koh in Hokkien, the candy was typically prepared on the spot, sold on two satay sticks and was best known for its gooey texture, which made it fun for kids to play with. It’s still made that way by one candy veteran in Holland Village. Just drop by Lorong Liput and you’ll spot an old lady sitting on the curb outside Crystal Jade Kitchen , swirling malt candy out of an old-fashioned aluminium pot for $1 per stick. Affectionately known as Ah Po (Granny) by passers-by and regulars, the 95-year-old has been selling the treat at the same spot every day for the past 18 years and has become a neighbourhood fixture. For the young, her concoctions and old-skool candy-making wares draw curiosity; for the mature, they evoke nostal...

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