The night markets, “pasar malam” in Petaling Jaya

January 6, 2007 12:23 PM


On New Year’s Day, I woke up late and lazed around the house till the evening. That’s when Phil picked me up to go for another round of PC gaming in Petaling Jaya, and as luck would have it the night markets or “pasar malam” was on that night. He didn’t know it was on either so it was a good surprise for the both of us. It’s been years since I’ve been to one of these.

knock-off-bags pasar-malam-crowd

Crappy parking aside, the smells of the food and the noise instantly got me excited. The first thing that I looked for was a stall selling crispy peanut crepes: bang-chang-kueh. But before long, I got distracted by all the other food stalls as well. I wanted to have it all.

crispy-peanut-crepes pasar-malam-food

This is “lok-lok”: you take bits of skewered stuff and dip it into boiling stock, and then you dip it into various sauces, and then you eat it. And it’s all self-served.

lok-lok2 lok-lok

Eventually we settled on a dinner of Assam Laksa, a side-dish of fried radish cake, sugarcane juice, and crispy peanut crepes for dessert. Woo.

assam-laksa-dinner sugarcane-coconut-juice

After dinner, whilst browsing around we thought we saw Amber Chia, a local model/celebrity. I didn’t know who she was, and Phil wasn’t sure if it was her until we saw the stall vendor excitedly whispering to another stall vendor, “Amber Chia! Amber Chia!”


After dinner, we stumbled into a store selling pirated CDs and DVDs. What is it with Asians and knock-offs? We just can’t get enough of it, and neither can the tourists I might add.


At the end of our pasar malam adventure, we headed off to 4 hours of PC gaming. The whole night cost us less than RM30 each. Priceless.

[tags]Malaysia, PJ, pasar malam[/tags]

8 thoughts on “The night markets, “pasar malam” in Petaling Jaya

  1. mooiness Post author

    Su: I wouldn’t know if it’s the best because I have only ever been to the SS2. But it was fantastic.

    Eunice: well you will be going back soon, so consider the pictures an appetiser. 🙂

  2. li peng

    Hey mooi, I just stumbled across your website, great blog. In my last ten years in KL, i’ve only been to SS2 pasar malam once and have never met Amber Chia.

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