Monday, March 19, 2007

Kota Bahru Food Trip Pt. 5

Well, it's time for the continuation of my Kota Bahru trip (interrupted by too many events, Chinese New Year holidays and festive food!). Well for Part 5 of this series, there isn't food involved as I made a visit to the 4 storey Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah (a.k.a Pasar Bulat "Round Market" due to the almost circular shape of the building which is more like a hexagon).
Most stall owners placed their goods on top of a raised cement slab and then proceed to plonk themselves right in the center, surrounding themselves with their goods.
Turtle eggs are still being sold openly despite it being illegal. I felt sad looking at these. The container at the bottom holds boiled turtle eggs, the one above are raw turtle eggs.
All sorts of salted fish being sold. The stall owner was kept busy having to keep the flies away!
Wonderful united colours of vegetables!

We then made out way out to look for some kuihs (local cakes) and I came across a medicine man peddling his "miracle" medicine. I was quite afraid of that creature he was holding in his hand. It looked like a cross between a crocodile and a monitor lizard. For those who are squirmish - don't look at the next photo. What was worse was another such creature (which was less fortunate) had its skeletal remains displayed in the plastic container (towards the bottom of this picture); soaked in some liquid! Yikes! Oh well, some of you just had to look eh??? Ha ha ha...The medicine is available in ointment and capsule form. I believe the medicine is made from this very sort of liquid.
Thank goodness we went to a different part of the market when one can find some snacks and kuihs. What caught my eye was this cone shaped banana leaf. I was told that it's called Nasi Tumpang. It has omelette, meat floss, chicken curry (mixed with some sweet gravy). I told myself that I'll should try one before I head back to Kuala Lumpur, which I did. More on this later...

To be continued...Oh, I will be away for 2 weeks, leaving this evening. So, there will be no updates till April 2. I will still keep moderating my comments (after the spam scare earlier at Kenny Mah's blog). So, do feel free to leave your comments though you might only see it appear after I get back. Do come back on April 2 to read about my escapade in Spain (hopefully if I have the energy)! Till then, "Adios, Hasta luego" - Goodbye, see you later.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good shots! Can turn into postcards. Very colorful! (wonda)

Precious Pea said...

Enjoy your holiday...will sure miss you.

babe_kl said...

lovely pics. i bought similar looking postcards before hahaha... wmw, enjoy your holidays ok!!!

Xiu Long Bao said...

haha...still not done wiv ur kota bahru trip? Anyway, hav a nice trip! Bon voyage :)

MeiyeN said...

oh my god.....what they do with da turtle eggs? :( oh by da way, enjoy your holiday and have a safe journey yah! :D

Rasa Malaysia said...

Have a great trip, MW...I can only be green with envy...please eat all the seafood on my behalf, sans fish. ;)

mama bok said...

Where in spain will you be.. ?? Madrid or Barcelona..??? my ex-boss is in Madrid..and my other ex-boss is in Barcelona.. ;) let me know if you need a guide.. ;)

wmw said...

Wonda: Thank you! Hee hee...

Precious Pea : Awww....see you in 2 weeks' time!

Babe-KL : Thanks...I intend to enjoy Spain! :o)

xiu long bao : Yup, still not done. There're more! Ha ha ha...Thanks.

meiyen : They eat them like how we consume normal eggs...Thank you.

RM:Thanks....don't be. I don't really like seafood woh. How? Can't eat on your behalf. We shall see...

mama bok : I will be in Madrid and Barcelona. A bit too late to ask for assistance. :o) Thanks for the offer anyway.

teckiee said...

I tot you can never find turtle eggs already. Actually hor... I ate them before. They taste really good leh. Small like ping pong ball, just poke a hole using your finger and glup down the raw egg. I feel so evil now... I ate them when i quite young.

Love the markets!!

Kenny Mah said...

The 5th pic with all the veges is gorgeous...

I love Barcelona! Don't forget to minum manyak manyak Sangria, okay? Yums...

For makan, try asking the locals rather than just walking into any restaurant or depending on guidebooks. Only the locals know the best places.

jason said...

Ahh... I hate to see them selling turtle eggs. Have a safe journey and take care ;)

Jackson said...

OMG!!! What a lovely n colourful picture!!! Must b a joyful trip!!

Tunku Halim said...

Have never been to KB. Thanks for giving me a glimpse!

mrs.pitt said...

i love the pic with the veges .. what beautiful colours!!! your pics are getting better!
hope you are having a smooth flight to madrid.. have fun!!

wonda said...

Lucky you! Have a good trip and come back with more photos and stories of your adventure.

Melting Wok said...

ooh, have a pleasant trip :) btw, thx for your concern, my uploading pix miraculously fixed..oh my, looking at your pix. draws me into deep thoughts again..imagining, one of those touch screen thingy, one touch, and I get instant delivery right to my table..sigh, going robotic again :(

team BSG said...

lucky gal ! wah in sunny Spain & latino men! After this maybe you should start a Spanish cafe ( there's none in PJ ( or Malaysia V believe ?)...if u want Spanish eyes maybe V can help

Kay said...

wow, a very colorful market...

Jackson said...

gosh..... life so difficult without seeing yr review everyday!

teckiee said...

....April is nearing...

Xiu Long Bao said...

hei hei...u r coming bck 2molo rite? Awaiting for ur posts (i know one is not enoh for u)on ur foodie adventure in Spain :)

Kok said...

wmw,
2nd of April today. Hope to hear from you soon!:)

wmw said...

teckiee : Yah, I can feel the "evil" in you in the way you described your turtle egg eatinbg experience! Ha ha ha....Wah, miss your tai kah cher? I'm back...

Kenny : Drank lots of Sangria. Problem communicating with the locals though, they don't speak English and I don't speak Spanish...my Spanglish didn't work either. LOL!

Jason : Thanks!

Jackson : Yup! Enjoyed my KB trip a lot! I'm back and blogging!

tunku halim : Thanks for dropping by!

Mrs Pitt : Good to see you here...Mom and I had a lovely time in Spain!

wonda : Stay tuned! :o)

melting wok : It only it true...I'll have a field day visiting food blogs! Ha ha ha...

team bsg:Spanish Eyes? Whose?

kay :Hello, thanks for dropping by.

xiu long bao : Took so many pics I can start another blog on Spain alone! Hee hee...

kok : Hey there....I'm back!

Honey Star said...

Euw!! Liquid from dead skinned lizard! Yuckies!!! O_o

wmw said...

honey star : Ewww...indeed. I was standing there happily taking photos till I suddenly realised what was in the container!

eddie84 said...

hmmm.....just for clarification, only turtle eggs of some turtle species r illegal, forgot what species, "black-lined turtle", sthing like that.
what they're selling in the market r legal

wmw said...

eddie : Thanks for the clarification!