In my last few days in Malaysia, I met up with Mei and Jo from www.cumidanciki.com and they showed me around their local food market to get a taste (quite literally) of how it is traditionally done in Malaysia. What surprised me was the amount of variety packed in such a small area. The farmers selling their produce were also quite happy to encourage people tasting their own fruit in an effort to prove it was the best.
I have the feeling this is going to turn into a photo essay more than a blog entry, but never mind! We went after dark so light was not so available, thankfully my trusty Canon 500D stood up to the job and got some good shots of just a taste (can you tell the puns are going to come thick and strong in this post?) of what was available.
This was actually a few months back, Ciki wrote about it on this post here: 10 Ways to Experience the Malaysian Night Market Don’t forget to check it out and the rest of the hungry Malaysian’s website ^_^
As you can see, there is a wide variety of meat selections available, and you can specify which bit you want, even cow head…
Of course it wasn’t just meat, there is a vast selection of colourful local fruit and vegetables too. Remember to get your 5 a day kids!
Accompanying the produce available to take home with you, are stalls to eat out from. These offer quick Malaysian snacks to satisfy hunger on these trips where not being able to eat what you see is just plain annoying.
After a hard day around the markets, there are plenty of budget accommodation options close by (and nearby to the city centre and Chinatown). The City Hotel has affordable double or twin share rooms (try HotelsCombined for rate comparison) while the Explorers Guesthouse comes highly recommended on Hostelworld.
Once again, I have to extend my thanks to Mei and Jo (or Cumi and Ciki for their online aliases) for their hospitality and showing me around! If you’re in a south-east asian country and are a bit tired of the nights drinking – take a look at what the locals are doing – take a wander into the markets, it’s certainly something different to see, and gives you a better taste (and after taste in the morning) of the culture.