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At this year's Penang heritage festival the organizer tried to show to the younger generation some long forgotten tradition, like the style of street vending back in the 1960s and 1970s. There were no loudspeakers or megaphones at that time, the vendors were calling out their goods loudly. To make it look even more realistic, the visitors had to change their today's money into the coins used 50 years ago, when they liked to buy some of the snacks or Kuihs on offer as seen in this photograph.

Kuih (also kueh, kue, or kway)are bite-sized snack or dessert foods found in the Malay Archipelago as well as the Southern China provinces of Fujian and Canton. Kuih is a fairly broad term which include items called in English cakes, cookies, dumplings, pudding, biscuit, or pastries, but the taste is Asian and they are usually made from rice or glutinous rice. Kuih are more often steamed than baked, and thus very different in texture, flavour and appearance from Western cakes or puff pastries. Many kuihs are sweet, but some are savoury.

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