Payang Puri Hotel in background
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).
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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.
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).
Find the shallots and jar of pickled cucumber (ajar)
Baby corn, red hot chilli and lemons
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.