Pasar Besar Wakaf Bharu @ Kelantan #2

13 02 2011

Every Friday, Wakaf Bharu becomes crowded as stalls are lined up along the street of the famous “Friday Market” near ‘Pasar Besar Wakaf Bharu’. Apart from the street market, the town is also well known for its morning market which is buzzing with activities during the day.

1. Fresh vegetables are sold in the morning market. Most of these vegetables are home grown by the sellers themselves at their kampung (village).

2. Stack of cucumbers sold at the market place. These cucumbers are free from pesticides as they are all homegrown.

3. A Malay woman was seen selling ‘Kacang Kuda Rebus’ or Boiled Chickpeas. These beans are soaked in the water overnight before being cooked in boiled water.

4. An unusual sight of fried red rice vermicelli at the market.

5. An old woman sitting behind heaps of fresh vegetables. The four-angled beans were tied with rubber band as can be seen in the picture.

6. ‘Mee rojak’ or rojak noodles were nicely packed and arranged on top of the metal tray for morning consumption. These noodles are accompanied with thick peanut sauce which is sweeter than the common rojak found elsewhere.

7. ‘Pulut pagi’ is a popular breakfast snack in Kelantan. These glutinous rice are cooked with brown sugar and is eaten with coconut flakes and boiled beans.

8. The thick stems of ‘Kai Lan’ or Chinese broccoli provide an interesting composition to shoot from top view. These vegetables are tied together with rubber bands.

9. Fresh vegetable salad with beautiful hues of green under natural light.

10. Another woman selling a variety of vegetables.

11. ‘Ketupat palas’ or glutinous rice wrapped in triangular shaped fan palm leaves is another unique offering only found in Kelantan. It is commonly eat with chicken or beef rendang.

12. Fresh gingers and other vegetables as sold in the market.

13. A combination of green and white chendol nicely packed in plastic bags.

14. A view of the bustling Wakaf Bharu morning market from afar.





Pasar Besar Wakaf Bharu @ Kelantan

10 02 2011

I had a chance to visit the morning market at Wakaf Bharu during Chinese New Year. Known as ‘Pasar Besar Wakaf Bharu’ or Wakaf Bharu Big Market, this is the largest market in the district of Tumpat, Kelantan and it is very crowded during day time.

1. A woman was seen selling selling ‘Apam Balik’ , a popular Malaysian version of crepe. Apam Balik is usually prepared with sugar, sweet corn and crushed peanuts.

2. Although meat and fresh vegetables were the common items sold at Wakaf Bharu market, non-food items were also abundantly seen around the place. Used shoes were spread out on the ground for buyers looking for cheap buys.

3. ‘Pisang Goreng’ or banana fritter is another popular snacks commonly seen at road side stalls. Apparently, fried snacks are popular among the Kelantanese.

4. A batik trader was seen haggling prices with the buyers. Spotting a piece of batik cloth wrapped around his torso, his antics were spotted against the vivid colours of the batik cloths at the background.

5. Fresh chillies and other vegetables as sold by one of the traders.

6. The aroma of freshly fried prawn fritters or ‘cucur udang’ was tantalizing enough to attract passersby. The lady who was selling the light snack was busy preparing the batter.

7. A Malay woman clad with malay ethnic wear was looking at the towel hangers.

8.  ‘Ikan Masin’ or salted fishes are usually cooked with some local dishes. These fishes were dried under the hot sun with sea salt so that they can be kept for a long time.

9. Another trader seen selling used shoes.

10. A lady carrying her child with a pink balloon walking along the busy market street.

11. ‘Lekor’ (or ‘Keropok Gote’ in Kelantanese dialect) is another popular snack here. These fish sausages are deep fried in hot oil and are distinctively longer than the usual lekor found in other states of Malaysia.

12. A child curiously looking at the camera while I was taking some candid shots of the market.








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