Preserving heritage and traditions

Daniel Lim

Eaten everyday as a snack, especially during holiday festivals like Hari Raya, traditional kuih is considered a part of the nation’s culture.

Though it’s been around for many generations, the process of making these kuih are not widely known among the public especially the youth.

To ensure that the knowledge are passed down to the next generations, the Traditional Kuih Making Workshop was conducted recently by the Youth Centre Section of the Belait District Branch of the Youth and Sports Department, led by the Pertiwi Association members.

With regards to the workshop, the Belait Youth Centre Youth and Sports Officer Pengiran Jamilah binti Pengiran Haji Zaini said, “The workshop is to preserve the history and recipes of the kuih as well as educate the youth about the kuih found in Brunei Darussalam.”

One of the participant, Mohd Noorhazwan bin Abdul Rahman, said that the workshop was an eye-opening experience for him. “It was beneficial for us to learn the recipes as we can sell the kuih as a way to generate income,” he said. He expressed his interest in continuing to learn how to make other well-known local kuih.

For Saliana binti Mat Salleh, it was her first time joining this kind of workshop. She was delighted to learn the intricate process of kuih-making. She noted the many steps involved in making the snack. “I am grateful that the instructors shared their knowldege during the course.” Like Mohd Noorhazwan, she also expressed interest in learning more about kuih-making.

Kuih-making is a process that requires time and patience. “For example, wrapping cooked kelupis in pandan leaves seems simple but it actually requires finesse and skill to pull it off successfully.”

She hopes to partake in similar workshops in the future as it helps raise awareness on the knowledge of traditional kuih-making with the benefit of preserving the nation’s heritage and traditions.

The participants during the workshop. PHOTO: DANIEL LIM