Angeng (left) busy making traditional Gawai cakes with her daughter, granddaughter and in-law for the coming Gawai Dayak.

By Jay Watson  
KUCHING: As Hari Raya Aidilfitri is here, the Dayak community in the city who are unable to return to their villages or longhouses are busy making cakes for the coming Gawai.

Angeng Angkahong, 58, from Kampung Melanjok in Simunjan is busy making traditional and modern cakes such as kuih sepit, penganan jala, kuih bahulu, kuih chap, kuih lidah and many more.

“I have been making these cakes with my daughter Mary Chin (25), granddaughter Aliciana Kian Ann (16), and in-law Ana Sandra Sindir (34) for the past three days,” she said when met at her house in Stapok, Batu Kawa here.

Ana showing how to make kuih sepit which is prepared over charcoal.

Angeng said normally they would make the cakes to be shared among family members only, but some friends were interested in ordering cakes from them, which led to her having to spend RM200 to purchase ingredients.

“Besides preparing these cakes, I also want to pass down the skills of making traditional cakes to my children and grandchildren so that it will not be forgotten,” she said, adding that the recipes were passed down from generation to generation.

Aliciana showing the kuih lidah.