Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Scenes - Sarikei Rejang Market Part 2

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007.
Find the hay bee (salted shrimps).

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007.
Find the anchovies (ikan bilis) and prawns.

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007.

efore canning or refrigeration was invented, one of the common ways of preserving seafood was by salting and drying. Salted seafood like salted fish 鹹魚 can be found in the left section of the Sarikei Rejang market. A pungent salted aroma greets you as you approach the area. That's probably why soiled clothes are called salted fish (kiam hu in Hokkien). Hands up for those who love salted seafood.

Sarikei Rejang Market 2007 - Beancurd

Another popular item is the fresh homemade beancurd 豆腐 that is brought to the market in recycled cooking oil tins (see picture). Bean curd is made by boiling soya bean 黃豆 milk and adding a precipitating agent such as calcium sulfate. Then you separate the coagulated curds and press the curds into blocks. At the market, the beancurd blocks are cut by a piece of flat metal that looks like copper. There's also a brown skin version which is fried before hand. You can steam the beancurd or make soup with the smaller cubes of beancurd (often found in mixed vegetables soup 雜菜湯 available from restaurants like the now defunct Ming Sing 明星 at Central Road and Ah Kow's 馮球記酒樓 at Jalan Berjaya).

Bean sprouts 豆芽 are usually also sold at the same stalls. Chinese bean sprouts are green mung beans 綠豆 sprouted in moist and dark conditions to get the crispier and whiter texture compared to those exposed to partial sunglight. They taste very good when stir fired with pieces of ginger and salted fish.

Well, are these salted seafood really worth their salt?


Daniel Yiek said...

Welcome to the new readers. Some of you have voted on your preferred content. I looked at my blog's "strategic plan" for the year. Can this blog about small town Sarikei last till end of the year? Maybe. As more of my items got posted, the remaining list of items got shorter!

Some people asked why it takes 1 hour+ long to compose a post when it looks like a 10-15min job and 5mins to read? It's like writing an essay. Think of a topic, find the relevant pictures among the hundreds, enhance the pictures' quality, research the facts, add links, write creatively (not just facts), format the post, grammar check, label it, etc.

Then I ask myself whether I want to read this post if I were a reader and whether the post satisfy the yearning of Sarikei in everyone of you. Ok, pass, then it goes to press. Enjoy the ride.

dominic 許信慧 said...

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Lidasar said...

I recall buying from the bean curd stall, a tall skinny Foochow. Those days they would wrap such item with leaf and tie with straw. The pork stalls were just around the other corner too, they were using leaf as wrappers as well. Thinking of those days it was more environmentally friendly.

nelson said...

notice that we have small recycling centres that are not in use

tan said...

nice blog, I grew up there.... think there are no similar blog around.

Anyway, think need to do something about the background, can't really read the content unless highlighting it...

Maybe put "watermark" the background or use text box

Daniel Yiek said...

Welcome! This blog has problems with FireFox brower. Pls view with Internet Explorer for the time being. To solve this problem, I may switch to the standard template of Blogger but I will lose a lot of the features which will take a long time to fix.

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