Pasar Malam @ Night Market, Gadong

Brunei’s answer to Bangkok’s famous Pratunam Night Market, with less risk of getting run over by a vehicle while you’re trying to pay for your coconut drink perhaps…

Last month while staying at the posh Rizqun Hotel, a little spark in my head suggested we walk across the bridge to the Pasar Malam and pretend to be tourists… in the hope of getting offered free samples.  But the moment Ches stepped on a slug on its night out on the tiles (literally speaking) and fasttracked it to heaven, lightning struck and it started to rain.  Now, at this point, anyone in their right mind would’ve taken this as an omen and ran back to safety of the hotel – not us- we braved the rain – this smack in the middle of Brunei’s worst ever heavy rain and flood season.

Pasar Malam, or “PM” among university students, is a must-see for tourists visiting Brunei. There you’ll find a whole range of local foods, or local versions of international foods, at very cheap prices. Think 50 cents or B$1.   Murah hantap nieh!

Pulut Panggang (but not the famous Tutong one ni ah)

Pulut Panggang (but not the famous Tutong one ni ah)

cucur macam-macam

cucur macam-macam

Air Samboi (plum & lime), Kelapa (coconut), Jagung (sweetcorn), Bandung (Rose syrup)

Air Samboi (plum & lime), Longan, Jagung (sweetcorn), Bandung (Rose syrup)

Sugar cane ready for their reckoning

Sugar cane ready for their reckoning

LR Clockwise: Springroll (popiah), Cucur udang (prawn fritter), Begedil (Potato balls), doughnuts.

LR Clockwise: Springroll (popiah), Cucur udang (prawn fritter), Begedil (Potato balls), doughnuts.

I missed these in the caption (malas ku ngubah lagi eh): Just top of the doughnuts, Cucur Kacang (Mungbean fritters), Cucur Keladi (Yam fritters).

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Boiled Stinky Jaring. Mints, anyone..??

Boiled Stinky Jaring. Mints, anyone..??

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I seriously hope that guy in blue wasn’t picking his nose there and then… that’s not how you do it anyway…

Nasi pulut bungkus

Nasi pulut bungkus

Sotong Tutul ("hammered cuttlefish" ~ not really, but roasted cuttlesfish beaten to to pulp in chilli sauce)

Sotong Tutuk ("hammered cuttlefish" ~ not really, but roasted cuttlesfish beaten to to pulp in chilli sauce)

Grilled and barbied stuff!

Grilled and barbied stuff! (Lady giving pretend-tourists the stare of death. We've been sussed!)

No we didn’t get any free food, we got sussed out almost immediately.  But at least we had a nice view of Gadong Central!

A magnificent view to boot!

Not quite the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, but magnificent view nonetheless, khap!

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5 responses

  1. Hahahah you must be lonely resorting to talking with SPAM! Hahahahah. Eh yea rupanya the rain was all Ches’s fault, stepping on a slug. And he was like.. Mau, do u have a plastic baggie????? PROTECT THE IPHONE AT ALL COSTS!!!! Nevermind him getting wet, it’s the iphone that matters!

  2. spam kah tu?? haha tapi pandai ia menulus ceritaku sal Pratunam bangkok… ish!

    awu tapi ches was ok sal rambutnya shaved, nada water retention except arah baju basah

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