Visiting night markets, or more commonly referred to by locals as pasar malam, are a popular food and shopping past time in Malaysia. For one night during the week (the chosen nights depend on the area you’re in), a neighbourhood road or street is transformed into a marketplace (usually running from 6pm – 11pm) selling almost anything from fresh vegetables and meat to local food favourites, clothes to kitchen utensils and so on.
Experiencing the night market is a definite must-try when visiting any part of Malaysia.
Here are Kuala Lumpur’s most popular night markets (by day) according to Timeout KL:
Monday: Chow Kit
If you’re looking for a dizzying array of dining options, you should look elsewhere. Chow Kit bundle market is all about highly affordable, pre-loved clothing items and accessories like shoes, denim products, leather goods, jackets and T-shirts.
Address: Lorong Haji Taib
Tuesday: Taman Pertama
One of the highlights of this pasar malam is the vegetable stall that stocks tomatoes and leafy greens from Cameron Highlands. But what you’re after here is the homemade mini apams with red bean or peanut filling. Did we also mention that the night market’s location (also a hot spot for fireworks-viewing) offers a clear view of the Twin Towers?
Address: Jalan Selar
Wednesday: Taman Connaught
The humming Taman Connaught night market best illustrates our obsession with street food. Perched behind their stalls, vendors offer slap-up versions of fried chicken, curry noodles, char kuey teow (fried flat noodles), laksa, satay and ABC that will keep you going until midnight. Stay for the stinky tofu – you’ll spot (or smell) it easily by the queue that snakes around the block.
Address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught
Thursday: Plaza Mont’Kiara Fiesta Nite
Plaza Mont’Kiara’s courtyard hosts this nifty weekly market where you’ll come across stalls selling trinkets, household knick-knacks and hot Korean food. Don’t forget to stop by California Cookie Company’s stall for the softest, chewiest chocolate chip cookies in KL.
Address: Plaza Mon’t Kiara, 2 Jalan Kiara
Friday: Bandar Baru Sentul
Sentul’s famed morning market may hog the spotlight, but this expansive night bazaar goes by with considerably less fanfare. Walk along the colourful stretch for everything from shoes and souvenirs to hot food.
Address: Jalan 9/48A, Bandar Baru Sentul
Saturday: Setia Alam
One of the country’s longest night markets, the massive 2.4km-long Setia Alam pasar malam is home to a smorgasbord of street food, ranging from ubiquitous Malay and Chinese offerings to Japanese and Korean cuisines. The stinky tofu here is an institution, as is the assam laksa and pan mee.
Address: Jalan Setia Prima A U13/1, Setia Alam
Sunday: Bangsar Baru
The night market isn’t the most extensive but activity peaks during the Ramadan period when evenings run past midnight. Stalls compete in specialities from classic nasi kukus to kebabs, murtabaks and grilled-to-perfection beef satays.
Address: Off Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru
Read Timeout KL’s full article for more info on each location.
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Reposted from: Timeout Kuala Lumpur
Picture credit: Timeout Kuala Lumpur
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