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Friday, April 25, 2008

Pasar Pudu Wet Market in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur 24th April 2008.

I took an early morning trip to the Pasar Pudu Wet Market as it's been some time since I had been there to snap some photos of the market scenes showing the various Chinese traders in this vibrant market.

As you can see, the shops are yet to be opened for business as it was still too early in the morning. Most shops there open from 9.00am onwards.

I came upon this basin full of Peking Ducks which were about to be hung on the rack ready for customers to snack upon them early morning.

The stall is named Soon Fatt Beijing Roasted Duck. It's mainly for Non Muslim customers from my observation. No worries. Let our fellow Malaysians enjoy themselves. Bon appetit!

This is a herbs seller. In the foreground are bundles of sugar cane.

The Pudu wet market is a pulsating vibrant activity filled hodge podge collection of individual traders grouped together like a kaleidoscope of various Chinese business folks who complement each other with the varieties of goods and produce that they put up for sale.

Bargaining is part and parcel of the trading done here and you will hear all kinds of haggling and different Chinese dialects assailing your eardrums from all around you.

The photo shows Chinese housewives browsing through the clothes on sale. Early morning bargains.

Pigeons on sale for RM7.00 each. These birds are for either breeding or consumption?

Live chicken on sale.

'Ketam Batu' @ Crabs on sale. When I was a kid living in the village back home in East Jelutong, Penang, I used to catch such crabs which made their nests around the 'tongkang' wrecks embedded in the mudflats along the foreshore of my seaside village.

I would use a long iron rod with a hook at the end which I would push deep into the crab's hole! The crab would lock on to the hook with it's claw and would not let go even when I pulled it out with force.

It was easy to catch such crabs but we needed to be extra careful so as not to be careless where the crab might just clamp up on our hands if we were not alert!

I wonder where these crabs originate from? I mean, KL is landlocked. Could be from either Kuala Selangor or Klang areas?

I have lots more photos for you but it's getting late and I need to sleep. Will follow up on this.

Here's a video I shot of the Sri Paandi Indian Restaurant where I had a tosai made fresh for my breakfast.

Hope you enjoyed that. Catch up with you later. Have a nice day!

Peace out!


Terang Bulan said...

Bro Mamu,

Ketam batu haram dimakan. Tapi Ketam Nipah boleh.
FYI, I'm going to start buat bisnes ketam nipah nearby to my home at First Floor Shop Lot. It will be a 16 tank. Hopefully in a month I can supply about 400kilos of ketam nipah.

All will be done if Bank Agro approve my 110K loan... uhuk uhuk.

p/s: kalu jadi, I can supply to u some ketam nipah, specially reserve for u... hehehe

MAHAGURU58 said...

Assalamualaikum ya Syawal!

Itu cerita zaman Mamu kanak kanak lah!

Kami budak budak kampong mana ada ambil tahu bab halal haram ke apa zaman itu?

Belangkas, ketam batu, udang hidup semua kami bedal! :D

Zaman 60an. Orang Melayu pun ramai tak bertudung waktu itu.

Semua fesyen rambut karan dan 'alompak agogo'!

Seluar yengki dan skuter Vespa!

Setakat kami budak budak kampong Jelutong, kami akan cari siput kemudi pakai papan 'tongkah' menggelongsor atas dataran selut mencari siput tersebut dan juga kerang.

Itu zaman ketika persisiran tepi laut Jelutong Timur, Pulau Pinang tak tercemar lagi.

Zaman 70an bermulalah pembuangan sampah di tepi laut Jeti Shell dikawasan perkampongan Cina tepi laut dan hidupan laut mulai kurang.

Zaman budak budak, tak adalah pemikiran tentang bab halal ke makruh ke , semua hantam sajalah! :P

Babi je kami tak makan , takat hidupan laut macam ketam batu tu kami kan bakar dengan daun kelapa kering dan meratah dengan makan nasi 'smuggle' dari rumah, cicah sambal belacan dan minum 'air kelapa' panjat sendiri! Hahahahaha!

Zaman takde pikiaq bil itu ini! Zaman Carefree! Air laut pasang, kami kan naik rakit, pergi mengail tengah laut.

Naik sampan dari tepi laut Jelutong mendayung sampai laut Batu Uban kemudian gostan gi singgah kat pelantar tengah laut dekat area kampong Cina.

Kekadang Mamu akan ke laut dengan member Mamu, Wan Ali dan Pak Pin gi mengail tengah malam.

Pekena kopi o panas panas bawa dengan thermos dan makan biskut kering ' roti kapai'.

Fuyoo! Kelas oooo! Sambil memancing, sambil bersembang, kena angin laut, pelekat rokok sebatang!

Nikmat dunia!!! Hahahahahaha!

Takde lah nak raplah pasal semua yg memeningkan kepala kita masa kini!


Tentang bab u nak bagi ketam nipah, no problemos!

Kecil tapak tangan, tupperware besar mamu tadahkan !

Hehehehehe!! Terimakasih!!!

(Gaya Alleycats!)

gangeticus said...

I hope you don't touch those pakkodas, jelebis, maisur paaks and those sweet alwas! Its bad for you!

Think about your health, while I munch on this extremely sweet, delicious jelebi.


Peace bro.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Yalah! Eksyen lah ekau makan manisan beriya iya!

Karang kena diabetes macam gue baru lu tahu!


_a said...

Rawa Tosai with a side of chili chicken.

Can't wait to get my hands on those again.

The best place for a rawa tosai would be at lebuh ampang. Right behind the old OCBC bank building (wisma lee rubber) which is also near STAR LRT Masjid Jamek Station.

Love your on the street articles. And quite frankly its almost your mirroring everything that ive seen.

Grew up in Penang (control hall) not jelutong, lived in Bandar tun razak. Kudos. Keep it up.

I love the positive articles you post once in awhile.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Assalamualaikum bro.

Your comments are very refreshing and greatly appreciated.

Thanks for letting me know about the rawa tosai spot. Will go seeking it out.

I believe you mean Caunter Hall which is now known as Jalan P.Ramlee.

I studied at Sekolah Menengah Abdullah Munshi which is in Caunter Hall.

When it rained, there used to be very big floods in Caunter Hall.

I used to wade through flood waters to reach my school. :)

Interesting episodes which I will share in a flashback soon.

I will try to share more positive stories from now on.

Too much politics and social issues makes us all feel down, doesn't it?

Thanks for reminding me.

Take care bro.