I am continuing with another post on my visit to Ho Yan Hor museum. Today's post is about the humble beginning of the Ho Yan Hor herbal tea factory and the making of the Ho Yan Hor herbal tea. To read the previous post, click here.
The new factory built in 1954 at Kuala Kangsar Road.
Ho Kai Cheong saw advertising as a vital part of marketing his product. Consequently over the years, many different advertisements hit the streets - many of which were born at his desk with his calligraphy brushes.
Herb steamers and tea boiler
Ho Kai Cheong and the tea packaging team
The raw materials await the grinding and pulverising machine
Types of Ho Yan Hor Tea Sachets
Ho started as a cycling entrepreneur
As business grew, so did the transport grew from a humble bicycle to a van.
The original Ho Yan Hor van, like most other examples of this model, has since disappeared into the world of scrap metal. Indeed, we believe there are less than 50 of these left in the world. As the cheapest commercial vehicle in the world, they became a popular workhorse with all trades and businesses. Despite this setback Ho Yan Hor's van has again hit the streets of Perak. "Albert", having been purchased from UK, imported and given the original 1 Treacher Street livery.
(excerpt taken from Ho Yan Hor museum)
Marketing vehicles through the years.
Albert to prize winning van in UK
The following photos show the making of today's Ho Yan Hor herbal tea at today's Ho Yan Hor herbal tea building.
The methods employed to manufacture today's Ho Yan Hor herbal tea are a far cry from the early days at No. 1 Treacher Street. The coolies and the pretty packing girls in everyday clothes have gone - to be replaced by a blue-clad faceless team, all in the name of mechanisation, hygiene and quality control.
Step 1, Extraction - Raw materials are well screened to select premium quality leaves and herbs.
Step 2, Storage Tank - All selected herbs are put into the storage tank for drip brewing. Herbs are boiled to extract all the beneficial nutrients and minerals.
Step 3, Mixing - Mixing the tea leaves with herbal extract.
Step 4, Drying - The mixture is dried in the Fluid Bed Dryer, to inhibit microbial growth.
Step 5, In Process Quality Control - IPQC is to ensure the uniformity and integrity of the herbal tea.
Step 6, Tea Bagging - The dried mixture is bagged into tea sachets by the fully automated machine.
Step 7, Cartoning - The automated packing machine will allocate 10 sachets into one unit box, and 48 unit boxes into one carton box.
Step 8, Quality Control - Finished products are tested by Quality Control to ensure its compliance with the stringent quality standards before release to the market.
Ready for the market. Types of herbal tea.
Green packaging herbal tea
Relax and Recover.
Relieves heatiness and common cold, allows self-healing.
Blue packaging herbal tea
Relax and Wind down.
Brown packaging herbal tea
Reduce body heat and cool down.
Achieve internal balance and enhance your health.
Linking to Tuesday's Treasure.
Linking to Tuesday's Treasure.
I will never lay aside your laws,
for you have used them to restore my joy and health.
(Psalm 119:93, The Living Bible-TLB)