Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Thai Market @ Off Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya

Sorry for not posting yesterday, I was in such a holiday mood that I forgot it was Monday! Back to the swing of things with a new camera. We finally settled on the Panasonic Lumix FZ7 (My new Fizzy) after testing a few around the same range. We also looked at the brand new Canon Powershot S3IS which looked great in black but was much heavier plus had a smaller LCD screen since it was the tilt and angle version. It was a busy weekend testing out the camera and there are so many more functions I have to learn about.

I have been thinking of visiting the stalls next to the Thai Buddhist temple just off Jalan Gasing for the longest time ever since I heard about it. Last Sunday, I finally managed to visit it since Splashie Boy was busy meeting up with his school friend - the Duck Man! I tend to prefer making these rounds myself as I like to browse and slowly take pictures. If you love Thai food especially the stall food, pop over here as you can get lots of Thai items. These stalls are slightly different from the ones you get at the shopping malls as they are less commercialised. Most of them are small make shift ones which look like they are selling the items for extra cash.

First up on my tummy agenda after one quick browse of the market was their laksa (RM4) as seen above. The laksa is extremely creamy and lovely. Much nicer than anything I have eaten at any Thai restaurant. It's not spicy at all and you have to add in the extra chilli flakes, sugar, orange juice or what nots yourself from the condiment tray.

All along the side of the temple wall, the stall owners have made makeshift seating areas with rattan mats and flysheets. Just sit at the side under the shade and enjoy your picnic.

There were quite a few people around stocking up on food items. This stall had a row of pots with cooked items that people were packing back. Most of the stalls also serve som tam and mango kerabu which they will pound for you when you order. One of them also added tiny salted crabs which was extremely unusual.

Something extremely popular among the street stalls in Thailand are their grilled items - this one is non-halal but looked really good. At least three stalls offer these grilled items but I liked the one from a tiny makeshift stall as they were grilling them on the spot versus the others who had them pre-grilled already.

If you love Thai instant noodles, do pop by and grab some home as they have so many varieties. They also sell Thai magazines and newspapers plus a large variety of Thai ingredients if you wish to cook at home. I saw packed Mieng Kam which you can buy by the packet, the thin white noodles they used for laksa, packed green curry paste and etc.

There was one van selling all kinds of vegetables and herbs for Thai cooking which looked great. I only took a picture of the eggplants as the stall owner was barraging me with too many questions.

I love these green skinned oranges as they are extremely sweet. You can get the freshly pressed orange juice in tiny plastic bottles from stalls dotting the Bangkok streets. I love the juice as they were great refreshers whenever I used to trawl the streets. I also spied fresh bamboo shoots which looked really good.

Not everything is about food and you can buy flowers and garlands as offerings. I love these beautiful lotus flowers which is extremely popular as an offering.

There was a cute little girl with her family at the stalls - her mother was keeping her cool with a rattan fan but I managed to sneak a picture of her. What's interesting is most of them speak the Cantonese dialect extremely well. When I asked one of them why, she told me they had to learn the language to be able to adapt to KL lifestyle (everyone speaks Cantonese here) since they are making a home here with their kids.

Lastly I spied this cute doggie with it's owner - this little girl's mother was shopping at the stalls but they left the dog just in front of me when I was having my laksa at the makeshift picnic area. Hope you'll make it to the stalls soon - I know I'll be making more trips here to get my laksa fix plus to try the other Thai food.

Stalls outside Wat Chetawan
Jalan Pantai 9/7
Off Jalan Gasing
Petaling Jaya
Available every Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm

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flower said...

I did not know that they have thai market there. I used to work in Jalan Gasing and never heard of it. When did they start this market. Very interesting.

babe_kl said...

wow congrats on yr decision with the panasonic digicam, it's sooo kickass!!! (sorry hahah can't help with the language :p)

carcar said...

wow new cam!! hehe, but no matter with which cam, you still can take very good quality pics for us here!

can give me some tips?

wow if i go back to kl, i will have plenty of actitivies to explore, with the aid of your guideline here!

terima kasih!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That market looks interesting. Like you, I also love Thai food!

Your new digital camera seems to be very good; your pictures look great!...

fooDcrazEE said...

argghhhhhh! i cant see ur pic...

wyejon said...

that laksa looks like it has santan at dangerous levels! lol...

boo_licious said...

flower - no idea abt when they started. It's not very big, less than 10 stalls but lots of food items sold here.

babe - thxs. Pixs inside restaurants are definitely clearer.

carcar - it depends on light. If no good light, no matter what u use, will be blur. Hope u enjoy yr nxt visit to KL.

rosa - thxs. It was very sunny hence I did not stay long.

foodcrazee - yeah pixs are now 6MP vs 2MP last time.

wyejon - yeah but so nice! Think Chiengmai style as not very fiery.

5xmom ~chanlilian.net~ said...

Had wanted to post earlier. Your pics so nice ler. Got depth already. Nice! (prosumer and dslr shots give that '3D effect' which normal digicam can't, you notice that? comes with a price, of course)

boo_licious said...

Thanks Lilian - can't really notice but then I am a bit of a noob.

jesscet said...

hey, u know i go to the church next door (First Baptist Church) and am there every sun 11am.. u should have called me and met up for lunch or something..

problem is traffic is double congested on the Sun there due to the market and church service.

p.s. getting a bit busy due to MM re-launching. so looks like we will meet up end of the month for *u-know-what*! ;)

boo_licious said...

Yeah I saw the church but I thot u go to the Subang Jaya branch. I went in the morning so not that much traffic.

fatboybakes said...

i oso go the church next to siamese temple...and therefore pass the thai market every sunday, almost, as i am inclined to park on the incline. yar, the food there looks fascinating. you know, after years of wondering, i only JUST found out those green round hard balls in thai green curry are those baby egg plants that you took. i thought they were those green kacang that these days you get coated in wasabi.

Forsaken said...

Just went to check out the market yesterday. Unfortunately, I was told that the market was no more. Does anyone know where they moved to?

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