Friday, July 22, 2011

Pasar Malams {Night Markets}


There are many flea markets in Singapore that operate from fixed locations, although I think they aren't as big or famous as those in Hong Kong, Bangkok etc. I like going to flea markets because you never know what "treasure" you might find. I like to look for vintage furniture pieces, pottery, maybe bags.. but I don't buy second-hand clothes (except for obis and yukatas) or shoes. Kobo-san (Toji) and Tenjin-san (Kitano Tenmangu) flea markets are a few of my faves.. miss them!

Another type of street market we have in Singapore is what we call Pasar Malams, or night markets in Malay. They are not held in permanent locations, and pop up in different locations around our sunny island. Usually in residential neighbourhoods lasting for about 1-2 weeks before they disappear. Chancing upon them really depends on your luck. I don't reckon they actually give notices about where/when they are gonna pop up haha...

Well, yesterday we were *lucky* that one started just opposite our block *grins* The little pumpkin loves to go for walks so this was a great opportunity for her to stretch her tiny legs. Nowadays, she can walk longer distance without asking us to carry her. Although, she is well aware that her "daddy tummy pain pain" because of the recent op and doesn't ask him.. and comes to me direct. Oh goody me... carrying a child that weighs more than a 10kg sack of rice isn't exactly a fun deal :p

Lots of cheap & tasty food stalls... Singapore is a melting pot of different cultures so you can see many ethnic stores next to each other.

Popcorn yums!

Cut and pre-packed durian...

Or you can buy the durians whole. The store-owner will slit it open to show you the fruits before you purchase.

Chinese finger food.

Nostalgic music gems

Really cheap stuff and you can haggle too, if you want... I am not sure what that "Shogun" thingy is though haha..

Old school sweets and snacks!

Some of these you don't even see in the usual supermarkets anymore...

There's, erm, a lot of counterfeit products at Pasar Malams too :P Toys, clothes, bags, DVDs, computer software... Of course, quality isn't very good but if you pay peanuts, expect to get monkeys hahahah...

5 comments:

Lindsay Conner said...

Wow, fascinating! Especially those durian fruits :)

Chew Lee said...

eh.. I thought Pasar malam location and time are fixed!? In Malaysia, the location and time are fixed.

Thanks for commenting in my blog. Have a great weekend.

Ai Sakura said...

Linday: yes, love durians! Especially when they are chilled haha. I discovered durian candy floss today. Can you believe it?? :p

Chew Lee: I think the big seasonal ones like the one in Gelang Serai for Hari Raya are fixed, but not the neighborhood kinds. Don't see any announcements in newspapers... Hmm. Actually I've been following your blog a long time haha. Love your backyard play area. So fun for the kids!

Oliveoylz said...

This is a nostalgic post for me...Looking at all those knick knacks brings back so much memories of the time I used to visit pasar malams so many moons ago. It's really hard to find one these days. Haven't bumped into any for yonks! Ahhhhhh, those durians...seing really makes me want to run out for some...and yes, chilled is the BEST!

Ai Sakura said...

Oliveolyz: Oh really? I thought they would be more common in M'sia. It is durian season now so enjoy~!!! :)