A Morning Ritual
Things have been quite busy for us this past week. I’ve got a lot of new things in the works and I am excited to share them with you all soon! This past weekend, I spent a lot of time working on a new post which required a couple of trips to our local wet market. It was during one of my shopping trips that I realized I have never shared the experience of shopping at the wet market with you all!
Wet markets are popular throughout Asia and are similar to farmer’s markets. Farmer’s and vendors come together to sell fresh produce, meat, fish, and dry goods at affordable prices. Unlike all farmer’s markets, they are mostly permanent and open on a daily basis, usually in the mornings. The term ‘wet market’ comes from the large amount of water used to wash the floors, wash the veggies, and keep fish and shellfish fresh. It is literally a wet market! Here in Malaysia, a wet market is not considered a wet market unless it sells fresh fish.
Thankfully, we live just a few minutes away from one of the biggest wet markets in our part of the island: Pasar Tanjung Bungah. I try to buy all my vegetables and fruit there because of the amazing selection and incredibly cheap prices. The prices for fruit and vegetables at the wet market are nearly half that of any grocery store. I can also buy fresh Indonesian tempeh for about 30 cents! Not to mention homemade tofu and fresh pressed coconut milk. Most of the fruit and vegetables are Malaysian grown or are imported from Australia or China. I try to buy Malaysian produce as much as possible.
I love going to the wet market because it’s where all the locals shop. It has an amazing atmosphere and I love walking around and looking at all the new and unusual seasonal fruit and vegetables that go for sale throughout the year. It’s also a great place to enjoy a coffee or a cool glass or fresh juice and people-watch! Now that I am teaching full time, I usually only make it to the market on weekend mornings. Thankfully, I have a rockstar husband who goes and shops for us throughout the week
If you are ever in SE Asia, make sure to check your local wet market and sample some tasty local fruit and veggies!