月曜日, 9月 06, 2004

Another reason to come home

the pasar malam obsession. my vacation planning actually revolves around the pasar malam. say i'd go back for two weeks. i'll make sure i'd squeeze in three pasar malams in that period. ok, that'll mean adding a day or two to the said two weeks. as one commentor said in a previous entry, this ain't sad. i'd probably say a tad obsessive, though.

i remembered my first pasar malam experience. which was in bangsar, along lorong maarof, methinks. by the way, before any of you say telawi or wherever the current bangsar pasar is located nowadays (does bangsar still have one?), this was in 1975. when we moved to taman tun, the nearest pasar malam was the old jalan damansara (where the sprint highway is now) in DU. my arwah mama used to do her grocery shopping there, whilst i would look forward to have my murtabak daging, apum telur and air tebu.

Apam balik, rambutan, tebu, the nasi dagang man

the pasar malam started in taman tun some time in the mid-80's. as the years went by, market items were preferably bought at the nearby pasar tani in ss5. the pasar besar/malam prices are a tad ridiculous, to tell you the truth. well, that's kl for you. while groceries may be the order of the day, makan was mine. the list of delectable goodies goes on actually. other favs include soya bean (especially taufu fa) and apungs (the chinese version of the indian apom, made in an array of small woks). the thing is the apung man is nowhere to be seen, for the past 3 years. the last time i had one was last february, and that was in pudu! i realised one day that some of these traders sell their wares in other pasars around the klang valley. and some of them are around to this very day. like this malay chap from whom i buy my murtabak since the mid-80's.

since it's my last sunday before flying off to ol' blighty, i had my second fix of pasar malam. the nasi dagang chap was back! ayam percik and for ayah, nasi kerabu. yum. apam balik, keropok lekur and, yeah, air tebu were... side-dishes.

gimme a break, will ya. this is the reason a vacation is called one.

and the reason i wear drawstring trousers on the flight back to the uk.

this entry is dedicated to ash and ecrivez.

1 Comments:

Blogger K. Light said...

Nothing wrong with being obsessive. 'Specially if it's for a good cause.

Some may call it desperate though....

08:46  

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