The milkman

One of the childhood dream I had was having milkman delivering fresh milk to my doorstep every morning. After reading so many Enid Blyton story books, one become very much enchanted to English things.

Her books often described what the children, elves and fairies eat and drink. So, when I was very young, I did pester my mother to buy fresh milk for me. We had some Indian farmer living nearby and hence, getting fresh milk wasn’t difficult.

But of course, our Malaysian cows are scrawny, under fed, poor things unlike those Frisian black and white cows.

Nevertheless, milkmen had been part of my childhood. Surprisingly, milkmen still exist until today. And they still deliver fresh milk, door to door.


This Indian uncle will deliver the milk in plastic bags every evening to the apartment units. I couldn’t resist taking this photo of his brass container. He went up to the apartment and I thought it was safe to steal a photo behind his back.

But, oh no, he ‘caught’ me instead. Probably, I may want to pay him back by ordering some fresh milk for my children. At my age, lactose intolerance will make me very sick. Anyway, the fresh milk is not very hygenic prepared so, make sure boil them well before consuming.

I do like drinking susu lembu segar with halia (fresh cow milk with ginger) at mamak stalls.

Post Author: Lilian

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7 thoughts on “The milkman


    (September 15, 2005 - 12:00 am)

    Susah mau cari this kinda milkman in KL lah. If I’m not mistaken, that cover functions as a funnel.


    (September 15, 2005 - 8:54 am)

    Me too lactose intolerance … need to visit the toilet every time I had any type of dairy product … sigh


    (September 15, 2005 - 12:19 pm)

    aaahh I love this type of fresh milk (apart from those that comes in cartons from supermarket). As a kid I used to like observing(from the kitchen) the milkman opens up the cover and use it as a funnel to ladle milk into bottles for households in the backlane. The milk is best taken is when you add a little bit of sugar in the milk, boil it and crack an egg into the milk when it’s boiling and turn off the flame. Let it stand for a few minutes for the egg to be cooked. Mmmm… yummy, can be a very filling breakfast! Downside is it’s kinda heaty though…


    (September 15, 2005 - 10:33 pm)

    DG – Wow, that sounds good. Am going to mamak stall and ask for susu telur. When I get too fat, I blame you ok?

    Inevitable – If not having any activities except staying home ok lah. Otherwise, disaster.

    muteaudio – Now I learn something – funnel. Must make an effort to stand there and watch.


    (September 16, 2005 - 3:10 am)

    You do get them in KL but not all the time though. I had it once and it was very nice stuff.


    (September 17, 2005 - 12:06 am)

    Hey, I didn’t know that Indian milkman still exist! I remember when I was young, my mom used to buy it regularly, for my brother who was sick all the time. Well, she believed that my brother would grow stronger by drinking fresh milk… 😉


    (September 19, 2005 - 1:35 pm)

    wow, this kind of milk fresh from the udders… really nice if boiled and then poured over tea.. add some sugar.. !

    hmm, just had my mother-in-law tell me the other day that she has been reading a book about natural food (or something) and it says, the milk we drink from cartons purchased from supermarkets are really not that good for us! goes through many chemical processes…

    does that mean we have to stick to good ol “susu lembu ada dijual di sini?”

    but it is watered down, is it? is it really unhygienic? hmmm.

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