Friday, August 21, 2015

Cendol Pulut Jo @ Hosba

How about a cooling dessert on a hot day? Cendol is a popular traditional dessert in South East Asia especially in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Vietnam and Burma. Naturally cendol drink is just a mixture of green flour jelly coconut milk and sugar syrup cooled with shaved ice. However modification had been made by adding red beans, cream corn, grass jelly and glutinous rice.

While on the way back from the Pesta Orchid and Flora RTC 2015, I made a stop ad one of the popular Cendol stall in the town of Hosba, Cendol Pulut Jo.

Cendol Pulut Jo has been in existence since the 90s and had been a popular spot to quench thirst for those living around Hosba town or travelers going up to Bukit Kayu Hitam or Thailand in the north. It has been a household name if one were to ask where to find Cendol Pulut.

From just a three wheeler cart, Cendol Pulut Jo had expanded into a restaurant and now it has another outlet not far from the original site.

At first I decided to stop at the main restaurant but since it was a Friday, it was closed. The original site is just a few metres up from the Kedah RTC on the way up north.

The other restaurant is located on the south bound route towards Jitra town. It is immediately after the Hosba Mosque. There is ample parking space amd the restuarant serve normal Malay food for lunch and fried snacks such as Cucur Udang.

Rumah Seri Banai and Rumah Tok Su @ Kampung Warisan Melayu

If you want to visit a sample of the traditional Malay house, you don't have to go to the kampungs in search of it since you can visit the Malay Heritage Village (Kampung Warisan Melayu) in Alor Setar City.

Muzium Negeri Kedah had preserved two traditional heritage houses Rumah Seri Banai and Rumah Tok Su and put on display at Jalan Lumba Kuda off Jalan Anak Bukit. 

Rumah Tok Su's original site was at Kampung Permatang Kerat Telunjuk in Bandar Baharu about 200 km south of Alor Setar City while Rumah Seri Banai from Kampung Banai, Mukim Pelubang in the district of Kubang Pasu. 

Rumah Seri Banai

Rumah Seri Banai is a sample of Rumah Kedah with elongated roof. The owner of the house was Tuan Hj Saad bin Taib, the headman of Mukim Pelubang who stayed with his wife Hajjah Saodah binti Ahmad. It was built by Tok Bakar, a local house builder and most of the timber used for building the house were of Meranti nd Temak wood. 

The house too has a history if its own whereby the ground level was formerly used as a Community school. The teacher was Cikgu Ahmad, who was a clerk of Tuan Haji Saad. This community school was later relocated to Kepala Batu and named as Sekolah Seri Banai. 

It was donated to Universiti Utara Malaysia when the temporary campus was at Tanah Merah near Jitra. The house was named Seri Banai after her original location.

Rumah Tok Su

The house covers an area of 1,700 square feet and has 34 pillars. It included six main halls comprising the varendah, the main hall called Rumah Ibu Berbumbung  Potongan Belanda dan Beranjung, the Middle Hall, Ruang Selang, the kitchen and the platform. 

The house was once the dwelling of the village headman, Encik Noor. The 100 years house was originally owned by Tuan Haji Mahmud, a local wealthy man who owned many properties in the village. Tuan Haji Mahmud is Encik Noor's father and Tok Su is his youngest child. 

When the Japanese surrendered in World War II, before the arrival of the British, the Communist took the opportunity to harass the villagers. The villagers then held a meeting in the house and decided to start an organization called "Barisan Pemuda " to counter the harassments.

Both houses has the the traditional masterpiece of Malay house decorated with Bunga Kerawang  unique of the Malay art of carvings implemented in the architectural decorations. 

The idea to relocate and preserve both houses was made by former Menteri Besar of Kedah Tan Sri Sanusi Junid (1995-1999) for future generations to witness the high carving skills and Malay architecture. 

Both houses also depicts the dwelling privacy in the Malay culture with different segments depicted in the layout compared to modern day houses. 

Since its opening, both house has been used as location settings for documentaries, film and dramas by local TV stations and and production house from local and abroad. 

Rumah Seri Banai and Rumah Tok Su also displays antiques that was once domestic items used by locals in their homes. 

How To Go

Driving from Alor Setar City Centre, take Lebuhraya Darulaman on the borthbound (Airport / Jitra / Kerpala Batas) direction. The houses is on the right next to Wisma Darulaman and before Kedah Medical Centre

The house is open to visitors everyday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Read more about the to house HERE and HERE

For further Details Contact;
Lembaga Muzium Negeri Kedah Darul Aman,
Lebuhraya Darul Aman,
Bakar Bata,
05100 Alor Setar,
Kedah Darul Aman.
Tel : 04-733 1162
Faks : 04-730 5100

Datuk Maharaja Kadhi's Tomb In Tanjung Pauh Kedah

It was unplanned and happens casually when I was looking for a place to eat at Taman Sri Aman, Tanjung Pauh. It was then I saw this small mosque and was able to perform the Asar prayer.

Within the mosque's compound is the Datuk Maharaja Kadhi Syeikh Abdul Jalil's Tomb. It is located at Tanjung Pauh about 19 km away from Alor Setar city. Dato' Maharaja is a title for state dignitaries and he was appointed as the Kadhi Besar Negeri or the Chief Kadhi of Kedah. Before this the tittle of Chief Kadhi was conferred to Hafiz Sab, an eminent Islamic figure from India, who was a disciple of Syeikh Abdul Jalil, an Arab scholar. Dato' Maharaja Kadhi once stayed in Palembang and one of his student was Tuanku Sultan Mohammad Jiwa Zainal Adilin Muazzam Shah.

When Sultan Mohammad Jiwa Zainal Adilin Muazzam Shah was conferred as the 19th Sultan of Kedah (1710-1778), Syeikh Abdul Jalil was appointed as Mufti, and Hafiz Sab as Kadhi and conferred the tittle Dato' Maharaja Kadhi.

The building that housed three tomb is within the Masjid India Muslim Syeikh Abdul Jalil's compound.

There are three graves located housed within the tomb. The main grave belongs to Dato' Maharaja Khadi  Sheikh Abdul Jalil. On the fight belongs to Sheikh Ibrahim Shah while on the left is of Mohammad Yusoff.

Since Dato' Maharaja Khadi Syeikh Abdul Jalil is one of the Wali Allah, many congregate to this tomb with the intention to commit vows that are contrary to the teachings of Islam. For that reason the village got its name Datuk Keramat. However due to preachings by Muslim scholars, understanding of the religion and the caretakers of the Mosque, Kedah Indian Muslim League, prohibit the practice of using the tomb for wrong practices. In Islam one ask or request directly to Allah and not through any other medium.   

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