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Sunday Market in Kuching

Vegetable Vendor
Vegetable seller at the Kuching Sunday Market
This is the tenth in a series of more in-depth posts on our trip to Borneo.
February 21

I love markets. We were lucky on the timing of our trip to arrive in Kuching on Saturday. We were in time for the Sunday Market.

It actually starts Saturday afternoon and goes until Sunday afternoon. We thought it would be a great way to start our visit. It was not too far of a walk from our hotel. It is located on Jalan Satok and runs for several blocks.

We started at the end with the fish sellers. The diversity of fish is astounding. I recognized a few fish such as mackerel, shrimp, squids, rays but there were many that I could not recognize. A few vendors were selling chicken and eggs and we saw one small stand off to the side selling meat. Dried fish is an important part of Malaysian diet. There were bags and bags of ikan bilis - dried anchovies. And one vendor were selling sago palm worms. We definitely did not try the worms.

From fish, we continued along and next were many vendor selling vegetables. Chilies, gingers, jungle fern, okra, shallots, lime, everything you need for stir fries including sauce. Fruit - I loved the exotic fruit. My favorite fruit was dragonfruit - the fruit of a night blooming cactus. There were also vendors selling drinks. I had a cold drink made with fresh shaved coconut and G had an iced drink made of crushed sugar cane. We also picked up several bags of cookies and loved tasting the Kek Lapis - a traditional Sarawak multi-layered pastel jewel colored cakes.

Off on the side alleys were also small little nurseries selling orchids and other tropical plants for the garden or house. There were pet supplies, rabbits, clothing, shoes.

It was a riot of color, scents and tastes. We loved it.


Dried fish
Dried Fish
Ikan bilis seller
Ikan bilis seller
Chicken for sale
Fresh Chicken
Sago worms
Sago Worms
Ikan bilis
Ikan bilis seller
Ikan bilis seller
Ikan bilis seller

Vegetables and fruit
Chilies and fungi
Chilies and Fungi
Ginger and galangal
Ginger and Galangal
Midin - Jungle Ferns
Midin - Jungle Fern
Bitter Melon and Okra
Bitter Melon
Vegetable Vendor
Star Fruit
Star Fruit
Snake-skin fruit
Snakeskin fruit
Green starch noodles for cendol
Green Starch Noodles

Done with shopping
Done Shopping
Moto home after shopping
Time to Moto Home

Comments (9)

Barb Cabot:

Amazing photos and what variety. So exotic. Thanks Marta. Very interesting.


I love all of your photos, especially the veggie ones. They are all so colorful!

Great photos!

Worms! Ewwww! I would have passed on those also. The chicken was also just a little too vivid.

I have never tried dragonfruit although I have seen it sold here. How do you eat it? I will have to give it a try. The bananas look like apple bananas. Yum! We also have lots of starfruit available here. Yum again!

Looks like a great market!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, these are fantastic photos. I love that you identified the items for us. I had not heard of Dragonfruit before and seeing them I'm not sure that I've seen them either. And don't blame you on passing on the worms (after seeing the photo of them). And although I do eat chicken I might have passed on that too. :)

The veggies and fruit look so fresh. And the colors in your photos are wonderful.

Thanks again for writing these very interesting in depth entries on your trip. I find them so interesting!

It all looks so colorful and so exotic. Never seen dragonfruit before. Is it similar to the prickly pear? I love baby bananas (guineos niños)! We fry them in butter and sprinkle them with parmesan cheese or a fresh Mexican cheese.

Dear marta,
the local name for the sunday market is "PASAR SATOK".The specialty item at pasar satok is the "TERUBUK MASIN" which is a kind of salted fish.Pls try it, its quite unique and only found in sarawak.Another thing that i want you to try is the famous "MEE KOLOK".It actually a type of soup noodle and its very tasty.You will find these food only in sarawak.Try it and let me know if its good

A very colorful post! The market looks so wonderful, and I am sure the scents were amazing!

xplorer - thanks for the additional information on the market. I did not realize that Terubuk Masin was a specialty.

Also I tried kolo mee which I think is the same as mee kolok. It was very good although I didn't like the fish ball. :) My next post is on where we ate.

Dear Marta,

Thank you for visiting. What make you go to Borneo? I was born and grew up in Sibu, until I was 20. After that, I have been back about 10 times.

I now live in New Zealand.

Your photos and journal make me yearn for what was once home. Thanks.

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