Pasar Malam, or night market in Malay, is popularly held throughout Malaysia. Roads are pedestrianized for one particular night of the week for the market, which, unlike the morning market, attracts a crowd that includes youngsters. December is a particularly good time to go to the Pasar Malam, I just discovered, because the weather is much cooler. In the warmer months of the year, you’d be sweating away when you visit the market.

Pasar Malam of SS2
Pasar Malam of SS2

The main thing that attracts visitors to the Pasar Malam is of course food.

Carrot Cake is a popular traditional mainstay in the Pasar Malam. I'm surprised that they have adopted hygienic handling methods.
Carrot Cake is a popular traditional mainstay in the Pasar Malam. I’m surprised that they have adopted hygienic handling methods.
Air Mata Kucing, or Longan drink, is a Malaysian specialty drink. No surprise to find it at the Pasar Malam.
Air Mata Kucing, or Longan drink, is a Malaysian specialty drink. No surprise to find it at the Pasar Malam.
Wai Sek Gai, or food alley, is a popular hawker centre in SS2. Coupled with the Pasar Malam, the food choices is enormous.
Wai Sek Gai, or food alley, is a popular hawker centre in SS2. Coupled with the Pasar Malam, the food choices is enormous.
I never fail to patronize this stall whenever I'm back in my hometown
I never fail to patronize this stall whenever I’m back in my hometown
Lok Mei Tong, or 6 flavour dessert soup, is what I go for each time
Lok Mei Tong, or 6 flavour dessert soup, is what I go for each time

The Pasar Malam has evolved over the years. The goods sold now is much expanded and includes many creative or even hipster stuff. I would say that the variety you find in a Pasar Malam now is even more than what you can find in the night markets of Taiwan. Malaysia boleh, truly.

One of the many Taiwanese style stalls found in the Pasar Malam these days. This one sells fruit tarts.
One of the many Taiwanese style stalls found in the Pasar Malam these days. This one sells fruit tarts.
Thai salt crusted grilled fish. This one falls under the creative category.
Thai salt crusted grilled fish. This one falls under the creative category.
Mobile phone accessories and gadgets are also a recent addition
Mobile phone accessories and gadgets are also a recent addition
Pickled plums and such. I think the Pasar Malam style of selling makes them look rather compelling.
Pickled plums and such. I think the Pasar Malam style of selling makes them look rather compelling.

Stalls that are the traditional mainstay since the creation of the Pasar Malam continue to thrive despite having a smaller presence, or so it looks.

Budget clothes
Budget clothes
Fruits
Fruits
Dried sundries
Dried sundries
Fashion accessories
Fashion accessories

This is just a very small sample of what you can find in a Pasar Malam. If you are visiting Malaysia, I urge you to make it a point to go to one, preferrably definitely on an empty stomach.

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