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Jonker Walk Night Market

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As the sun goes down on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, in the heart of Chinatown the folding tables go up as Jalan Hang Jebat (aka Jonker Street) prepares for the biggest event of the week, the Jonker Walk Night Market.

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Jonker and surrounding streets are closed to cars from 18:00 but that doesn’t halt the gridlock; it’s bumper-to-bumper as tourists and locals graze and shop. The permanent shops behind the stalls stay open late, too. It’s loud, brash and commercial, packed with tourist trinkets and punctuated by a multitude of food stalls wafting with tempting aromas.

Watch your hair! Photo taken in or around Jonker Walk Night Market, Melaka, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Watch your hair! Photo: Sally Arnold

The open stage draws the karaoke crowd and the nearby clan houses are pumping with Chinese line-dancers (yep, not the traditional lion dance—boot-scooting to Chinese pop), but it’s just as much fun to watch oyster omelettes fry up in a blaze of flames in giant woks or the skillful coconut huskers as they toss shucked wobbly balls of coconut flesh ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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