Photo: An apple a day.

Chow Kit Market

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Chow Kit Market is Kuala Lumpur’s largest wet market and while you can see small wet markets scattered across the city, if you want to see the real deal, head straight to Chow Kit.





The covered market encompasses two main, and clearly delineated sections—the dry market, essentially fruit and vegetables—and the wet market, pretty much everything that used to draw a breath (over- or under-water). There’s also a typical clothes and “other stuff” market attached to it, but the wet and the dry are the main attraction to Chow Kit.

We have bananas too. Photo taken in or around Chow Kit Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

We have bananas too. Photo: Stuart McDonald

In the dry section you’ll have everything from oranges, apples and persimmons, jackfruit and durian (when in season) and all manner of other oddly shaped and coloured vegetables and fruits. Not everything is local—we were told the grapes are from Australia for example. Don’t hesitate to ask to taste something you have no idea of—the vendor will carve a little off for you to try.

Now a word of warning before we go any further. If you decide to buy a tray of jackfruit “for later” don’t leave it in your daypack for the rest of the day unless you want a day pack that smells like a wet dog wrapped in wet socks. You have been warned.

All the stuff that stains your fingers. Photo taken in or around Chow Kit Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

All the stuff that stains your fingers. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The Dry Market transitions from fruit to vegetables seamlessly—vast trays of turmeric, galangal and all manner of chillies. It is all very photogenic, but please if you’re planning on taking photos of the vendors (rather than just the produce) always ask first—even if by simply gesturing with your camera. It is the polite thing to do and ninety nine times out of a hundred, nobody will mind.

Before you know it you’ll leave the spuds and durian behind and head straight into the beef section. If you’ve never seen an Asian wet market before, it might be a little confronting. We were quite used to seeing pig and goat heads in the market, but have to confess we’d never seen a cow head like we did in Chow Kit. There’s also the trotters hanging above, enough intestines to wrap the largest of Christmas trees, enormous livers and piles upon piles of beef. No pork though—Chow ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Chow Kit Market
Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman just south of UO Superstore
Admission: Free

Location map for Chow Kit Market

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