Saturday, July 13, 2013

Morning Market Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

My girls and I have just returned from a holiday in my home country - Malaysia. The main purpose of this trip was to celebrate my grandma's 90th birthday and family reunion. Family members from around the world returned for this special celebration except for 1 cousin. We had a fantastic time in Malaysia despite the haze that greeted us when we arrived. Luckily, after a few days the haze cleared but the weather was still extremely hot and humid. Most of our days were spent indoors in air-conditioned comfort.

We arrived early in the morning, after a quick shower and feeling refreshed, I went out with my aunt to her local market to buy food for breakfast and check out the fresh produce. I took Ash with me to show her what the markets are like in Malaysia. She is used to the farmers markets here in Australia which is a lot cleaner. It was a real eye-opener for her and she was horrified at certain sections with the fresh chicken and fish displayed and gutted right there for the customers.

Here are some of the pics I took that morning.  The stalls at this market vary from fresh meat, vegies, roast meats, herbal medicines, knick knacks, flowers, biscuits and food e.g. kueh (cakes), nasi lemak, yau char koay, apom as well as drinks like fresh sugar cane, fresh coconut juice and soya milk.

My senses are tantalised and challenged when visiting these open markets.


  1. Nostalgia! Thanks for sharing this, Charmaine coz they bring back some old memories for me, esp the biscuits stored in those big tins. The 3rd last picture, "ham jin bien," I haven't had that for so long now. Do you know that you can get them in Bankstown market? They are selling by the Vietnamese. Or else can try the HK style when having "yum cha." We are going back next year for CNY, haven't been back to celebrate CNY with my mum for 9 years already.

  2. Wow, so many interesting food items! I've never been to the S17 market myself. Must take an effort to visit it one day. Glad you had a very fruitful trip.