Friday, November 22, 2013

Brinchang Night Market in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

In August of this year I went on a holiday with my parents to Malaysia with a side trip to Singapore. Our road trip itinerary was this:

Singapore --> Malacca, Malaysia --> Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia --> Batu Caves, Malaysia --> Cameron Highlands, Malaysia --> Malacca, Malaysia --> Singapore

In Malacca we rented a car for the rest of the road trip. I will talk about our driving experiences in Malaysia another time but we managed to arrive late in the afternoon in the Cameron Highlands, just in time for us to check-in to our English inspired cottage hotel, have tea/coffee and scones and rest a bit, and then take a little ride in the area even visiting a strawberry farm and a tea plantation before it got dark.

For an overview of Cameron Highlands, go here: An Overview and Map of the Cameron Highlands

We loved our stay at the Cameron Highlands and one of the highlights (we have so many highlights for this part of the trip!) is our visit to the Brinchang Night Market. My mom and I went totally manic here, haha!


Ready-to-eat pack meals at Brinchang Night Market. Those pyramid packs are Nasi Lemak, Malaysia's national dish (rice with beef, anchovies, peanuts and sambal chili).

Brinchang Night Market

Location is along the main street beside the Star Regency Hotel (cannot be missed as this is a tall stand-alone building). Parking was a challenge though but with patience and persistence, we managed to find one nearby.

The Brinchang Night Market is called ‘Pasar Malam’ in the local lingo. It is being held regularly on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as during Malaysian school holidays (which you will have to check with the locals for their exact dates). The vendors start setting up as early as 17:00 already.

Like any market, you can see many stalls here selling clothes, bags, souvenirs, etcetera but the specialty of the Brinchang Night Market is of course its local produce and culinary delights. My mom and I focused on these, we were so hyped up with all the local food around us that we spent more than an hour wandering around the market.

Come, join us and shop with us =)


Otak-otak, fish cake wrapped in banana leaves and grilled on a spit.


Fresh strawberries, and you can buy them dipped in hot chocolate.


Udang Besar - fried prawns tempura style. And lobster claws as well.


Passion fruit, strawberry and durian juices. They look very fresh with all the seeds in the juice.


Fried egg noodles and Kway Teow (flat rice noodles).


Three varieties of sweet potatoes which are very common in South East Asia.


Ready-to-eat boiled sweet potatoes sold in little plastic packs.


Bebola Ubi Madu - Honey sweet potato balls sprinkled with sesame seeds.


They sell a lot of jams here: strawberry jam, blueberry jam, honey lemon jam and more.

And this is our Best Buy: ‘Guava Apple’ and ‘Guava Strawberry’!!!

These are really, really good, we bought a few packs. It really tastes like guava apple and guava strawberry. Crunchy, sweet, tangy... we really loved it =) Make sure to buy them when you are in town. The guava strawberry is more expensive though than the guava apple.


Guava apple and guava strawberry, must buys at Brinchang Night Market.


Ayam Pusing (chicken barbecue) with rice pack meals.


There is even a clown here to entertain or scare the children =)


They call these Sea Coconuts, they are the fruits of palm trees.


Everywhere you go in Asia, fried chicken is big deal.


Deep fried vegetables, (abalone) mushrooms and yam, all tempura style.


Of course, the Cameron Highlands is a tea plantation area so many are selling packed teabags here as well in different fruit flavours.


Hmm, I wonder if this is their version of Balut? A boiled duck embryo that should be eaten whole including its beak, head, legs and skeletal form. I hope I did not disgust you, lol.


Strips of honeycomb for sale.


Local products from the region.


Satay barbecue, usually eaten with peanut chutney sauce.


Ah, love these tropical fruits - Durian and Jackfruit.


Sweet corn, steamed or grilled, whichever you want.


I forgot the name of this (ubong?) but they are from a sort of palm tree and are used as a vegetable in cooking certain dishes.


If you are in town, do not miss this night market!

Travel Period: August 2013
Destination: Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (Pahang), Malaysia

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