- Only open Thursday nights
Malaysia is well known their street food. One of the best place to hit with huge range of street food of course is the classic Night Market as Malaysians called it Pasar Malam.
As it was a Thursday, serendipity played its role in deciding for me to visit the weekly pasar malam (night market) at the Overseas Union Garden (OUG), a large housing estate some 8 km (5 miles) from Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. Directions to Pasar Malam – PJ
The maze of streets and back lanes designated for the pasar malam OUG come to a new life when business starts from 6.00pm, after the lights come on. So what can you find? And what do the throngs of people come here for?
1. Daily Grocery Needs
From the outer stalls come fruits and vegetables, and the local ones are farm-fresh. People come to buy their grocery needs here, and savings can be up to some 40% off supermarket prices, and more before closing. A day market where there is more variety is called Pasar Besar. There are off-the-stall food items you can eat whilst browsing the other stalls – and I found “big big” sausages, herbal-cooked eggs and traditional bammboo-leaf-wrapped dumplings.
Pasar malams have evolved from selling groceries to fashion (from bling-bling to footwear), really good street foods to nearly all kinds of everything! The night market at OUG attracts and draw residents from outside the neighbourhood, and is reputed to be the largest in the Kuala Lumpur area.
2. Fashion And Bling-Bling
Looking at the offerings I just wonder how low can a piece of clothing go! Never mind, at RM6 (S$2.35, US$1.85, EUR 1.35, GBP 1.10) a piece, it is less than half the cost of hotel laundry.
3. Street Foods
Ah! Real street foods of Kuala Lumpur are the catalyst for my nostalgia. Foremost item is the char kuay teow, flat rice noodle with cockles, bean sprouts, Chinese sausage and eggs that must be fried in a wok with high heat so that the “wok hei” – literally the fragrance from a hot wok. You can pick your dumplings, buy take-away crispy crepes and iced chendol and eat them all like I did!
4. All Kinds Of Everything
Difficult to categorise are surprising finds – mini cactus plants, snake oils and pain relief ointments.
Seasoned Singaporeans coming to KL know the whereabouts of the best roast pork, barbeque “char siew” pork, Hokkien mee, yoong tau foo, wanton noodles, bak kut teh, durians and other favourites. Unlike the Penang, Bangkok and Taipei street foods, those in KL are still not on the tourist maps. Just as well, for street foods in KL are already very well sought after by the locals.