Kukup, formerly known as Telukup
The tranquil waters of Kukup once served as a shelter for seafarers who sought refuge from the storms in the Straits of Malacca.What those poor sods didn't know was that this little cove was also a major pirates' den. So those who sought shelter here suffered a fate worse than tumbling about in the Straits, yup, they got robbed silly and had their ships "Telukup" ( overturned ) anyway . Well, the name got stuck and it eventuallly evolved to "Kukup".
More of a Chinese Village
If haven't noticed by now, Kukup is largely populated by Hokkien Chinese folks. Quite a number of these folks look tanned and hardy since they are mostly fishermen and tour operators. On top of that, they speak a rather strange dialect called `Jinmen’ , their forefathers' lingo. Needless to say, I don't understand a single word of it so I spoke in "Pu Tong Hua" or Mandarin the whole time I was there.
Different asian countries have different ways of partaking their coconuts. When in Vietnam, coconuts were not carved open. This means that you are not able to eat the coconut "meat". Whereas in Singapore and Malaysia, the meat is something that we go for other than the cool coconut juice.
The best time to enjoy your coconut is when it is still green. The "meat" is much softer and also, it presents more coconut juice than a brown-husked coconut. You definitely have to try this special Asian fruit.
What you see here are fried fritters (In Malay: Pisang Goreng), and fried tapioca. Not too sure what's that on the furthest right tray. These are local delights that you'd get to see quite often in both Malaysia and Singapore.
However, I did not buy any from this roadside stall as you can see from the wok, the oil seemed to be unchanged after many use. Cancer causing? It's your bet. But if you're interested, this roadside stall is located quite close to the Immigration building along the road to the jetty.
Keeping One's Money Safe
In the past, when sundry shops do not own cash tills, the tin and pulley method was the best way to ensure that the money is kept away from prying hands.
The owners will pull his tin down, slots his money into the metal container, and then just let the pulley do it's work, elevating the tin to the high reaches of the shop. Ingenious idea, don't you agree?
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