Friday, December 11, 2009

Sri Rampai Pasar Malam


It has been ages since my colleagues and I spoke about visiting Sri Rampai's night market (locals call it - Pasar Malam).

Not that my housing area in Kelana Jaya doesn't have one but I'm actually looking for an opportunity to try out a snack (a heavenly delicacy to some) : Chow Tow Foo aka Smelly Tow Foo (Fried Fermented Beancurd). This snack is not available at the pasar malam near my housing area.

The weather looks good and all of us (myself and girlfriends - one who loves chow tow foo and another who have smelled the chow tow foo but haven't eaten before) are able to leave office at the same time and off we go!! Both of my girlfriends are quite familiar with Wangsa Maju / Sri Rampai area.. so I've got two good "tour guides"..hehehe

6.30pm: The LRT ride from KLCC station to Wangsa Maju station after office hours did nothing to fade my excited and curious feeling to experience how smelly or tasty the smelly tofu as people claimed it to be...

7.15pm: Rapid KL bus ride (T302) from Wangsa Maju LRT Station to Sri Rampai
Getting nearer to our destination! hohohoho..

The normal pasar malam scene greeted us when we reached. Stalls selling veges...fruits..

Stalls selling food..accessories for the ladies, earrings, bangles, necklaces, nail art stickers.. etc..)

One of my girlfriends told me that we are approaching the stall that sells Chow Tow I start sniffing to check any foul smell in the air yet? Sniff..Sniff..Sniff.. Nope.. Nothing - Even there's a light breeze blowing to my face..Reached the stall..and still I can't smell anything??? What's wrong with my nose huh?

Customers queuing up to purchase Chow TowFoo

Chow Tow Foo being deep fried till crispy

While my "Love Chow Tow Foo" friend wait for her turn to buy a set for us to share (RM2.50 for 4 pieces), I took a vacant seat by a drain and suddenly a pungent aroma seeped into my nose and I told my friend seated next to me.. Gosh.. the smell of this drain is horrible! and she said, that's not the smell of the drain.. it's the tow foo's smell!

By then the PUNGENT SMELL gets STRONGER, I have to hold my breath at times and try to breathe in air bit by bit so that I don't get too overwhelmed by that smell to avoid any signs of puking before tasting the tow foo..

It's smells so pungent and breath sucked in and I feel nauseous! UGHH!! BLUEKK!!
Now I am having second thoughts.. to eat or not to eat the smelly towfoo??

This is how the smelly towfoo is being served..
Accompanied with some chilli sauce, some cabbages and carrots soaked in a little vinegar.

With my girlfriends encouraging me and cheering me on, I smelled on a piece of fried towfoo and it doesn't smell horrible at all.. so I took a small bite..Crispy...
Took another bigger bite.. a bit squishy in the inside..a smaller scale of pungent smell comes with this bite but it was bearable.. finished one piece..and shove the remaining to my girlfriends and they asked me to finish another piece..@_@
All this while, thank goodness I didn't smell the strong smell again..finished eating and gave myself a "well done" pat on myself..hehehe

After that, told my friends it's time to go hunting for some other stuffs to eat..
Well.. I need to get rid of the taste and smell of the towfoo ain't I? hahahaha

Stopped by this China Burger stall..noticed there's a "Ho Chak" sticker for this stall..I must have missed an episode. Click here to view the video.

Note: Ho Chak! (Hokkien for 'very delicious', a local programme by channel 8TV which promotes various local food that can be found in Malaysia)

China Burger being prepared - a choice of minced meat (pork)/ prawn/squid/chicken/ sausage/sardine as its filling.

End result of China part egg.. one part flour..

Minced meat in between egg and flour..

A packet of Fried Yellow Noodles and Koay Teow

Pan Mee Soup
They said this pasar malam also boast the nicest pan mee in town..hmm..
Well, the sambal is nice.. noodles are al dante enough.
Best part is, they provide limes for us to squeeze the juice out by, we decide how sour we want the soup to be =) Two limes for me! Sluurrrpp!!!

Pan Mee - Dry Style

Curry Mee

To wash it all down, we also ordered - in Cantonese: "Cheng Pou Leung" (pictured on the left) & 'Longan Sui" (pictures on the right).

I know "Longan Sui" is called "Air Mata Kuching" in Bahasa Melayu and "Geng Geng" in Hokkien.. Can't recall what they call 'em in English =p

I don't know what is "Cheng Pou Leung"..There's a bit of the "frog eggs look-a-like" jelly and some other stuffs in there.. sweet stuffs of course.. but i should have just followed my friends (the locals) and ordered the "Geng Geng"..

Stomach filled up, thirst quenched.. it's time to make my way home...a long ride from Wangsa Maju station to Kelana Jaya station...It was worth it.. I enjoyed myself despite the smelly drain smell towfoo experience.. at least I've tried it for once.

A BIG THANK YOU to both of my pasar malam guide.. hehehehe..

As I am typing away .. I still remember the Chow Tow Foo smell - fresh in my nostrils! LOLZ!

Other links about Sri Rampai Pasar malam:
Smelly Towfoo at Sri Rampai pasar Malam
Pasar Malam at Sri Rampai


Christopher Chiew said...

You should go to connaught pasar malam. Their taufu smell even worst!! Wakaka..

ejia said...

hey...going to pasar malam without ajak me...

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