Saturday, June 09, 2007

Scenes - Sarikei Rejang Market Part 1

Sarikei Rejang Market 2004
Payang Puri Hotel in background

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007
Find the sign "Pasar Sungai Rejang"

f you don't have green fingers and can not even keep a tomato plant alive in your backyard, fret not. Head down to Sarikei Rejang Market 拉让小贩中心 at Bank Road facing Rejang River's Terminal 1 wharf where fresh vegetables awaits you. This market has been around since the 1960's or maybe even earlier. It was renovated circa 1995 (new roof, new sun louvred shade and new fake bricks facade).

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007
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This market is a hive of activity from dawn to about 5pm. Just when you thought you survived the seafood quiz. Name these common vegetables. In the background, find bittergourds (peria in Malay), lady fingers (bendi in Malay), cucumbers (timun in Malay), bananas (pisang in Malay), eggplants (brinjal in Malay), long beans (kacang panjang in Malay), midin fern (Bilin) and the green-red Chinese spinach (bayam in Malay).

At the front row, from right to left, is Chinese white cabbage (pak choy 白菜 in Cantonese) and next to it is the bitter one (mustard vege or kai choy in Cantonese) used for soup. Then comes choy sum 菜心 in Cantonese. But what's that light green one called? OK, I failed.

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007

Find ginger, shallots, calamansi (local lime), round yellow eggplant (brinjal), chilli, coriander, long beans and assam paya (the brown ones that look like buah salak, the snake fruit).

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007
Find the shallots and jar of pickled cucumber (ajar)

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007
Baby corn, red hot chilli and lemons

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007

Find the packaged salted vegetables (kiam chye in Hokkien), ginger, snow peas (in packets), capsicum (red pepper), a crunchy gourd (name?) and radish (lo pak in Cantonese). We can also see globalisation in action here with imported celery (USA), carrots (Australia), Chinese cabbage and cauliflower (China).

For those who can't tell a lady finger from a winter melon, let your lady finger point the winter melon to you next time. By the way, the winter melon is the bigger one.


Daniel Yiek said...

I visited 2 vege farms (with overhead net/plastic like greenhouses) towards the end Sungei Tengah Rd, Singapore (open on Sat/Sun). Surprised to find quite a lot of Singaporeans buying fresh vege. You can also pluck your own vege. That area is worth a visit with FarmMart and fish farms.

Anyway, a vege seller told me that the gourd in this post is called "Buddha's Palm gourd"

Sim Y said...

The market is at the same place where older Sarikei mothers used to go. (I am not sure about young mothers)

This is one of the historical place in Sarikei that is so easily ignored.

Anonymous said...

just add some info, some of the veggies like the cucumbers r 'imported' all the way frm Sabah.

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