Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Penang Streets #3 (P'ah T'i Kay)

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P'ah T'i Kay is tin-smith street, where all the tin-smiths operated along this stretch.

[For an introduction to this topic, please click here: Penang Streets #1]


romerz said...

Dear Justin,

I don't know about the 2nd street but on this 3rd one, it literally translates to 'iron-mongers street'.

P'ah = beat
T'i - iron or steel

Tin is something else but I can't think of it at the moment. (my Hokkien also rusty). Let me check with my parents if they know.

Justin Choo said...


T'i as you translate is correct. We also use the term T'i as metal when we ask what type of metal is it. Since the trade there was actually tin-smith, I translate it as tin-smith.

Thanks for the info.


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