Saturday, September 18, 2010

Living In Malaysia: The Wet Market

The wet market is a Malaysian/South East Asian term for early morning market. These markets are a gorgeous mess of stalls selling fruit, veg, flowers, fish, meat, eggs, soya cakes, and so on.

Wet markets don't look pretty. Everything is just thrown onto slabs so you can see what's what. They're noisy, and overcrowded. Many are also grubby. It's not uncommon to see flies, cockroaches and other pests.

City wet markets open at about 630AM. They close officially around 11AM - although there's usually not much left apart from some flowers and fruit after 9AM because it gets too hot in tropical Malaysia to leave food lying about.

I buy tins, cheese, and dried food at the supermarket, but for meat and fresh veg, I go to the wet market.

Wet markets may look grubby to the Western eye but a vast number of minimarkets and supermarkets have work shops that look exactly the same. Plus, their plastic wrapped meat is probably a day old - at least! When you buy at the wet market, you know that chicken/fish/pork or whatever was alive and kicking a few hours ago. 

Mind you, I make a point of NOT taking overseas visitors to the wet market until the last day of their visit.

The pictures are my favourite pork and chicken stalls.  It probably won't surprise you that these are also Au's favourites!


Annie Bear said...

Ha ha. Yes, I bet they're Au's favorite.

As a Westerner, I can be squeamish but I imagine everything is very fresh, fresher than what we normally have here.

Whisppy said...

I see our favourite "Pork man"! :D
Is it really that different in a Western "wet market"?

The Chair Speaks said...

Luckily I'm vegetarian and do not go near those meat stalls at all.
Do you know that in Taman Cheras wet market fresh pork is sold in a special air-cond room.

Al said...

I like wet markets, but I always make sure that the I know the vendor already so they will give me the most fresh meat!

Hailey said...

MMMMmmmmm! I would love to go to the Wet Msrket! I would help them "clean op" by licking all the meat! Especialy the liver!!!

Hugs & smoochies! XOXO

Katnip Lounge said...

I think it looks great! Fresh, and probably not stuffed with hormones, either.

Cory said...

Oh...::twitch:: ::twitch::

I hope they wouldn't mind if I ran off with one of those chickens! Fresh chicken...purrrr.

Purrs, Cory

Cezar and Léia said...

I like to visit markets and see different things ( because there are many different stuffs in markets!).Little Luna has never gone.I think she would be very interesting in all scents but also very afraid because she is an indoor cat! :)
Have a nice weekend
purrs and love
Luna and mommy Léia

Mack said...

I have no doubt I would go WILD in a wet market!!! YUM!

BeadedTail said...

That is certainly not like anything we have here so we can see why you wait until the last day of a visit to take guests there!

Dora said...

Nowadays people don't really like wet markets. They prefer going to supermarkets since don't have wet floors and more convenient for working mothers who shop after work.

Angel Simba said...

So do you know the origin of the term "wet" market? Is it because floors are washed down with water?

What an exciting place for kitties to explore - oh, the smells to sniff!!!

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Wet markets are often smelly and unhygienic, and although I used to enjoy doing the weekly shopping for my family at the wet market (cos I felt very responsible doing it at age 13), I hate the meat and poultry section cos it reminded me that our food comes from ANIMALS. Now I stick to fruit and veg.