10 Ways to Experience the Malaysian Night Market

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Adventure Rob was in town on a really tight schedule, en route London. The SMS read – I’m free for dinner, what’s the plan? Since it was a Sunday and Cumi & Ciki’s routine is normally to visit the *T.T.D.I. Night Market or ‘Pasar Malam’ (after Cumi’s basketball game), we decided to drag Rob along with us for a quick induction into the favourite Malaysian weekend past time – walking the night market.

At the end of the night, Rob said he had a great time and would come back again sometime soon. He says that if anyone asks him, he will tell them that, “Cumi & ciki will take you to the night market and then..,


1. Cumi will teach you how to handle a papaya like a man.. ahem!


2. Ciki will show you how to do the bovine stare!


3. And if you smell some fishy business going on..


4..then you will probably learn not to believe every sign you read! {oren(orange), very sweet..)}


5. Cumi says, you always need to test the fruits out for yourself..


6. But if you get really hungry, please indulge in some fantastic Malaysian hawker fare.. such as the satay,


7. Nasi goreng, nasi briyani and even ayam percik.


8. Not forgetting Malaysia’s very own delicious version of Mac Donald’s newest burger.. Oblong Burger.

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9. You name it they have it.. round, oblong, square..

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10. from the sweet to the savory,


..the night market has it all.

After all that grub, Adventure Rob was still hungry(!) so we took him to our favourite haunt in Old Town for some good old fashioned Chinese Hawker.


Taman Selera(Food Court) Jalan Othman, Old Town…

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Wow, Adventure Rob can eat any Malaysian under the table – look at that:P

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Finally one last stop to introduce Rob to Cumi’s favourite Pao/Bao shop. This old man is the famous old man of Old Town. His Pao (dumpling) is very similar to the traditional Chinese mantou but larger and is filled with either meat or vegetarian fillings. A superb breakfast for people on the go. Just keep it in the refrigerator and you can heat it up in the morning.

We sent Adventure Rob back with a huge stomach and hopefully enough food shots for him to post a blog or two;)

Read more about our friend Adventure Rob here at this website.

GPS: N03.13968, E101.62833
TTDI Night Market, Google Maps
Taman Selera Jalan Othman, Old Town Food Court, Google Maps
*TTDI stands for Taman Tun Dr Ismail, one of the main townships in Kuala Lumpur


  1. Where do I sign up?

  2. pasar malam! we have one at my area in sri petaling too, but it’s not even half as colorful and lively as yours! πŸ˜€

  3. Night markets in Malaysia look a lot better than the ones in the Philippines …

    Variety is the key … Nice to see the monkey’s move out of high end restaurants!! I think I can afford the night market food!

  4. Ha, you made me out to be eating everything!

    There certainly was a good variety at the market :-) Thanks again for taking me around.

  5. The shot of the oranges reminded me of that TVC when I was a kid – “Mari mari Sunkist baru!” No one makes ads like that anymore! So many friends swear by the TTDI night market as a Sunday mainstay… can’t believe I’ve been missing out on all these!!

  6. Such great hospitality! Ciki, you da woman! πŸ˜‰

  7. ahh, hungry XD
    and what is the oblong burger? i have never come across something like this @@

  8. paranoidandroid says:

    LOL. Did Min just mention Sunkist??? Oh no. The will be reprecussions.

  9. Amazing photos! Your captions are cracking me up. The Malaysian night market looks like fun and I want to check it out some day- hopefully with Cumi and Ciki as my local guides :)

  10. *grumbles* why wasn’t I invited for a night out to the market? I see many things I’d like to eat there. Hmmmph. *evil laughter*

  11. This is certainly something uniquely Malaysia πŸ˜€

  12. I love pasar malams! But have never been to the TTDI one.

  13. Ah… my fav place to find good food in PJ Old Town too :)
    both of you are such a nice host.. next time bring me around ok??? I’m from Lipis

  14. When is TTDI night market? I want to see that cow head O.O

  15. Oh man!! Is that a donut? Everything looks so good! I bet Bob would love this place. :) I would!! I loved KL’s night market, but I have to do it again with you, girl!

  16. Straight onto the plane right after all the delicious meals? If I’m him, I might.. ermmm.. need the ‘designated’ paper bag.

    TTDI’s one of my favourite hang out place too.

  17. I like pasar malam! But it’s been some time since I go to one :(

  18. I’m sure Rob had a good time here. Actually I’ve never thought of taking guests to night market! good idea

  19. I need a set of friends like you to show me all the good food places… what fun!! The food looked delicious- esp. that burrito looking thing. I am starving now!!

  20. When I travel overseas for holidays, I am always on the lookout for local food ! Haven’t tried a lot of food in KL, think I must fill myself up when I visit KL again :)

    After looking at the food pics …. hungry already ! :)


  21. Wah …. food trip at a Pasar Malam! Great way to start experiencing the hawker scene in Malaysia.

  22. Nice! Do you know, the Bao Uncle is my friend. I usually drive by and take away. Used to leave very very near there, anyway I grew up there too :)


  23. heather -the kiwitravelwriter says:

    I LOVE malaysia . and the night markets are wonderful ….. esp at Kota Bharu: yum yum! Will be going to Boreno in april/May next year and look forward to finding the same there!

  24. I need to try Malaysian food! Can’t wait!

  25. I love night activities in the traditional market :), thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰

  26. Christmas markets in Europe is not unlike our pasar malam, but with less variety of food!! And only 1 kind of drink – GlΓΌhwein!! πŸ˜€

  27. Love street food. Glad I found your site, because we’re stopping by KL when we visit Malaysia. So we’re putting this on our list!

  28. GovΓ© says:

    Wow! take me out to this places lol :D!

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