21 September 2013

Pasar Malam Jalan TAR

Pasar Malam Jalan TAR
Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman
City Centre
50100 Kuala Lumpur
(Coordinates: E101° 41' 48" N3° 9' 20.2")

Despite being situated right beside our apartment, we’ve never thought to mention this in our blog, which brings to mind the Malay proverb: “kuman di seberang laut nampak, gajah di depan mata tak nampak” (To behold the note in the eye of one's neighbour, but not the beam in one's own).

The Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman / Jalan Masjid India area has always been close to my heart, for it was here that I spent most of my young adult life. I did my A levels at Stamford College along Jalan Bunus nearby, and this area is ingrained into my psyche. I guess on a subconscious level I’ve always tended to gravitate here, and eventually made my home here.

I remember the time when this 1Pasar Malam was actually situated along Jalan TAR (from Sogo all the way to the Dataran Merdeka intersection) until the local authorities decided cordoning off the road proved counter-productive to the businesses here.

1literally means "night market", a street market that opens in the evening and brings together a collection of stalls that usually sell goods such as fruits, vegetables, snacks, toys, clothes, shoes, alarm clocks, and ornaments at cheap or at least reasonable prices

Since Brendan was attending a school do at Royale Bintang, and since we were not in the mood to eat out / cook for just the two of us, Cat and I decided to pay this Pasar Malam a visit. Again, we will not be saying much from this point onwards so we’ll let the pictures paint the words for us…

authentic scenes from Malaysia life
says it all!
I had a hankering for this
hard at work
next time we'll know to stick to the steamed corn cob

honest to goodness merchants
a character that adds colour to the Pasar Malam
we'll try this next time
and this
Cat gravitated to this stall...
... because she salivated...
... at the sight of nasi kerabu!
our spoils of war
fruits of our labour ;-)

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