Pasar Makan

Since it was a Friday which is the equivalent of Sabbath to the Muslims, I went to the Pasar Siti Kadijah early for breakfast in case it closed early.
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The pasar is iconic of Kota Bharu finding its way in tourist photographs.
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The wet market and the stalls on the upper floors were just setting-up but the food court on the second floor was already filled with the heady aromas of Kelantan cuisine. There were vats of curries and rendang and various ulam on display.

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You could order for take away (“bungkus” which means to wrap) or dine in (“makan sini” which means eat here) which I did. Basically, you choose your rice, ulam, and vegetables.  The friendly ladies will put all those in a sheet of wax paper rolled into a cone. Go to one of the small tables, unwrap, then dig-in.  Since eating with the hands is the norm, remember to go to one of the wash stations before eating.

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I ordered a nasi kerabu which is blue-tinted rice, a piece of nasi ayam, and some bean sprouts. A few pieces of keropok completed the set. All these for RM 3.50.

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Partnered with teh tarik, it was a Malay power breakfast.

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There are also stalls selling traditional sweets such as various kuih.

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How about an entire vat of laksa soup?

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Speaking of laksa, after shopping for a few clothes, I returned to the food court later in the morning for a bowl of laksam kelantan which only cost RM 2! Laksam uses big cuts of noodles rather than the usual small ones.

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I also bought some food stuff to take back home such as the tasty floss called serunding. Unlike the Chinese version, this is savory and has a spicy kick.
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What’s a trip to a Malay market without purchasing some keropok to fry and enjoy back home?
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