During my working days, Friday was the day I did my marketing for fresh fruits and vegetables from the night market in First Garden. The night market comes to First Garden every Friday. Many claimed that First Garden enjoys one of the biggest night market in Ipoh.
When the weather is not too hot, we enjoy strolling and looking at all the interesting items on display in the night market. Some of the items found in the night market cannot be found in the normal shops or the supermarkets. Even some of the food items can only be found in the night markets and not else where.
To be able to enjoy the night market, you must have the time and not be in a hurry. The passage for walking is narrow and the people in front may be walking quite slowly, looking or even stopping to have a closer look at the items or buying them. And if you are following behind, you will also have to stop or squeeze your way to go through and continue your walk.
Once in a while, we would buy some of the food from the night market for our dinner. My favourite food from the night market is popiah (Chinese spring rolls). There are many popiah stalls but I only like the popiah from one particular stall. We have been buying popiah from this stall for many years.
This is the popiah uncle. The business is very good and from the start to the end, there will always be a crowd around the stall. This uncle now plays a less active role, he only collects the money, the son and daughter prepare the popiah.
This is also another one of my favourite stall. This stall sells char kueh, which is fried rice cake with multiple ingredients. He will be frying non-stop and sometimes he has a male or a female assistance to help him when he gets tired.
This looked like a van selling some kind of accessories. He just park the van, open up the sides and back and he is ready for business. Very convenient for him.
This is the luk-luk or dip-dip (cook in boiling water) stall. There are many varieties to choose from, just dip the skewers with the ingredients into boiling water to cook and then dip them into the spicy peanut sauce or chili sauce before eating them.
I find this stall very interesting, full of so many varieties of fried goodies. All types of fried sausages, nuggets, fish balls and fish cakes, etc.
Fried chicken, crabs, potato wedges, etc. We have not tried all these fried things yet but one day I might be tempted to try the fried crabs. Maybe....
For this particular evening, we decided to give this laksa stall a try.