Night markets, or the pasar malam, have been allowed to operate everyday until 10pm throughout the lockdown, which is great news for those who live near them.
These popular bazaars usually pop up each week when night falls and tend to attract crowds looking for everything from street food to clothes, toys, and even vegetables. But the pandemic has affected night market vendors, who have had to shut since the second round of lockdowns began. This has changed since yesterday, after authorities decided to allow night markets to resume again.
The pasar malam is a big part of Malaysia’s nightlife and with so many other things closed in the country, it’s nice to be able to take a walk under the stars and munch on your favorite snack.
Here’s a list of night markets opening near Kuala Lumpur. See if you live within 10km of these spots to make sure you don’t violate lockdown measures.
Monday: Pasar Malam SS2
Fancy having dim sum for supper? This night market in Petaling Jaya is famous for its variety of dim sum dishes such as deep-fried radish cake, dumplings, and steamed buns with fillings. Opens Mondays at 5pm.
Tuesday: Pasar Malam Sri Petaling
The night market at Sri Petaling is full of different smells, including those of stinky tofu, which the market is famous for. Other well-known Chinese street food on offer include lok lok (steamboat) and nian gao (glutinous rice cake). Market opens Tuesdays at 5pm.
Wednesday: Pasar Malam Taman Connaught
If you’re looking for a more intriguing pick-me-up, the night market at Taman Connaught is famous for its unique street food like Coca-Cola-battered Korean fried chicken, grilled seafood, and cakes shaped as cartoon characters. Opens Wednesdays at 5pm.
Thursday: Pasar Malam Taman Melawati
The Taman Melawati night market is just like your regular morning market where visitors get daily essentials like groceries. But they also have street food like cotton candy and fried fish balls. Opens Thursdays at 4pm.
Friday: Pasar Malam Taman Dagang
A more quaint night market located at Taman Dagang in Ampang, this pasar malam offers a variety of Malay street snacks like satay, banana fritters, and keropok lekor (fish sausage). Opens Fridays at 5pm.
Saturday: Setia Alam Pasar Malam
One of the longest night markets in Malaysia, stretching 2.3 kilometers, the Setia Alam night market has a variety of Malaysian food and desserts including nasi lemak (coconut rice), coconut-flavored ice-cream, and fried durian. Opens Saturdays at 4pm.
Sunday: Pasar Malam TTDI
The TTDI night market is famous for its Malay street food like tauhu bergedil (grilled tofu) and apam balik (pancake with corn and peanuts). Opens Sundays at 3pm.
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