Sadly, I left Manila to work abroad without experiencing Weekend Markets in Salcedo and Legazpi Villages in Makati, Lung Center in Quezon City, Ortigas and even the recently established Mercato Centrale in The Fort (I was planning to pay it a visit last December but I found out that it was closed during the week I was in Manila and only reopened last January 8 when I was already back in Penang).
Nonetheless, I have the luxury of time to go to public markets here in Butterworth particularly every weekends and even on Wednesday.
A street in between Taman Bagan Jermal and Jalan Raja Uda becomes alive every Wednesday night. Starting at 6PM, kiosks of varied merchandise and products from fruits,veggies, food stuffs, poultry products, seafoods, even clothes and whatever you can imagine are being sold there in its lowest prices.
Here’s the street scene when we went there last week…(photos were taken at 6PM; sun goes down in Penang at around 8PM)
Look at the, pardon my lack of term, baby eggplants…aren’t they cute for words? Pang-torta? 😛
My colleagues… scrutinizing the fruits and veggies…
Chinese here called our usual taho less tapioca or sago, Too Foo Far in brown sugar syrup; sarap! They sell it for RM1 (PhP 14) at the Wednesday Night Market but in food court in Queensbay Mall, they have it for RM 3.20 (PhP 44.80).
Si Manong nag-iihaw ng Chicken Satay…
More stuffs to grill or fry, you like?
Seafoods galore! Imagine a plate of prawns (not in photo) cost only RM 5 (PhP 70) and you can cook it as buttered with garlic or sinigang if you have sinigang with gabi mix from Pinas!
Ito pa!…pili na… (parang nasa Divisoria or Balintawak lang…)
Tonight, I went straight at the penthouse and passed on the Wednesday Night Market. Perhaps, next week after our very first beginners’ class for violin at 6:30-7:30PM, we’ll drop by here to grab some stuffs to cook and some ready to bite yummies.
Are you fond of going to the markets?
If you’re an expat/OFW like me, despite some people view market-shopping as a thing more apt for ladies, you’ll be forced to go to and buy something for your own survival.
BTW, Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone! Tomorrow marks our 4-day holiday here in Penang for CNY celebration; Thank God for paid holidays! I’ll join my colleagues and friends in exploring some parts of the island.