Sunday, June 22, 2014

Indonesia-Penang Trip III

31 May 2014
After breakfast, it was our market time. We were given a task to buy something back from Indonesia so we decided to have a look at the wet market. We stopped at a distant away and had the driver wait. I was, again, amazed by the parience and professionalism of the driver for waiting in the car. We passed by rows of shops that sell tidbits and fruits. I was dehydrated and due to my love for teh botol (a brand of sweetened jasmine tea I was fond of since introduced years before this), I bought this teh kotak(right). We misread it as teh botak at first. I had my first time paying the money, nearly ended up paying more than I should - still trying to get use with the zeros.

Before we entered into the wet market area, there were parts with proper stalls and buildings first. At the kaki lima, there were people everywhere, selling and buying things. I saw this one that sell hamsters, tortoise and sea turtles. I do hope this is legal and wondered how did the person know how to take care of a sea turtle. Since I was not very good at taxonomy, I couldn't identify if these were of endangered species. Besides, they do sell magazines, and guess what, photocopied version of magazines. I guess the proper magazine might be too costly and a cheaper version is needed for knowledge to be more affordable.

Bananas everywhere! One thing that I noticed was the bunches of banana. They were displayed along the street in almost every stall. They were big and most of them were ripe. I called it 'Excessive Banana Production'. Judging by the amount of banana in the market, it was no surprise many processed banana to dried food.

Next, we entered the real market. They sell things in bulk. There were a lot of sea cucumber, shell fish, and frog. 

They do sell a lot of pineapples too. The intereesting part was the way they cut and sel them. They were peeled nicely and sold readily to be eaten. We bought some and they were sweet.

Because that weekend was also Dumpling Day, the stalls were selling leaves for dumpling and even dumplings.

Left was the amount of atap seed they sell - massive, huh? And on the right, a stall selling sea coconut. It was different from how we used to consume sea coconut after they were pickled with honey. These were fresh and not so sweet.

This is a cincau stall. Yes, they sell the same cincau we ate here, but they have another kind of cincau as well. The latter was a herbal cincau. It has a bit of grassy taste but otherwise was refreshing.

The kind of bridge they used between stalls over their longkang.

There were lots of stray cats everywhere too!

Along the road, one can see this driving around, no matter it is a street, road or main streen. It is called Becak, same as what we called Beca in Malay, except this newer version of beca was sheltered and motorized. According to the local, the fees were almost same as a normal taxi.

Part of the trip, we passed by a temple. Outside of the temple stood a little stall selling cages of birds. In some of the temple culture, they think it is good to free the birds, but most of the time, they ignored what kind of torture the birds were going through because this has become a business. There were kids buying the birds just for entertainment purposes, tying strings on their legs, making them struggling while flying, hoping for freedom but most of the time resorted to fatigue and loss of the ability of flying and in the end, death. By that time, the kids would feel bored and get themselves occupied with another entertainment. It was heartbreaking.

We passed by some more chinese shop which sells angpau and materials for chinese weddings. 

After all, we returned to the tidbits area and bought some snack. I got a giant pack of green peas.

Before we head back to the car, we bought ourselves this dessert. One of the interesting ingredient in it was the Tape Singkong. It was pretty common to see packed rectangular yellowish stuff in the market, and it was fermented cassava/tapioca. They were used in many of their food too, with some alcoholic taste. The other thing that you might noticed was the word 'Es' and yes, it means 'ais' in Malay (ice in English). So this is basically something like ais kacang only smoother and different ingredient. Plus, it was really sweet, a plus as a dessert.

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