One can say night markets in Malaysia represent the cultural diversity and glory of this country’s melting pot. Walk by the narrow paths and immerse yourself in deep-fried snacks you won’t forgive ever yourself for the next day and herbal drinks you’ve probably never stumbled upon until this night! One side there’s kebab and the other side there’s Muar Chee.
10 Best Things to Eat at Farlim Night Market
There’s a whole experience to be had in these bustling bazaars in Penang, and one of the best most certainly, biggest Night Market in Farlim bustles with a crowd to keep it going for a good four hours every Wednesday. When the day turns slightly dim, tungsten light bulbs hung across the field turns brighter and stalls are aligned in a way not to be missed filled with hundreds of stalls hawking jewelry, toys, clothing, shoes, DVDs, and FOOD! We figured with too many options and an indecisive quality most of us innate lol, we’d make it easier for you to cut the chase and try out the best stuff the Farlim Night Market offers! Hop On hungry!
1. Thai Style Fried Chicken
Upon stepping into the night market adventure, swoon your taste buds with this overly marinated Thai style fried chicken with a hint of Belacan blessing your senses as the piping hot choice of wings (RM3.50 ) small pieces (RM 4) and a big chunk of meat ( RM6.50) is served with a sauce you might wanna skip for an authentic flavor from the chicken alone! It was so good that we had to get it again on our way back!
2. Char Koay Kak
Try a plate of Char Koay Kak also known as Fried Radish Cake here for a filling motive if you’re just heading straight for the prize. Over here, the darker the better! Fried in dark soy sauce together with bean sprouts, cubes of radish cakes are nicely marinated with garlic, chili paste, soy sauce, and chives are fried in lard with bits of lard crackling, knock in an egg for added creaminess and protein and you have a dish worth queuing for. Our order was an extra bean sprout, chives, radish bits, a little chili and lots of chopped charred soy infused bits. With extra egg knocked in of course.
3. Fresh Sugar Cane Juice
Pamper your ‘body is a temple’ motto by stopping by this food truck operating an old-world juice machine that takes in one sugarcane at a time and pushes out beautiful green colored cane juice that is sweet and delicious.
Benefits of sugarcane juice are aplenty and ya know when a sugar cane drink is worth raving about? When it’s 100 % Natural with none of the fake sugar! Made fresh upon order, this sugar sold in a food truck towards the end of the market has a grassy flavor preferably served as an ice cold cuppa to quench that thirst during hot days or just to clear the greasiness fo your throat from all that fried goodness!
4. Salted Fish Bao & Pineapple Tarts
Located right next to the keropok lekok stall, the tiny little join sells their very own signature salted fish bao which made to order alongside various danish pastry Asian style injected with flavours like cempedak and pineapple that will make you forget all your posh pastry bakery for a light indulgence right here at this humble spot!
While the pastries were flaky it could have been better had hot. But the star; bao is a steamed packed away in a white, warm, soft bun and injected with salted fish composed of salty and sweet flavors that complemented well with the butter bun. Best had piping hot!
5. Tau Fu Fa
Ain’t nobody leaving the scene without having your hands on a bowl of fresh hot bean curd that hits the sweet spot between a healthy food and sweet-tooth dessert; jolting joy for all palates! Join the bandwagon; grab yourself a brimming bowl of beancurd pudding, either ladled with pristine sugar or black sugar syrup. Alike slithering into clouds, the pudding is silky smooth and you can play around your sugary scale.
6. Thai Bbq Pork & Spicy Sausage
Adapted from the Thai cuisine, Moo Ping knew simply known as the bbq grilled pork can be found in every market and on every street corner in Thailand and surprisingly at night markets in Farlim These quick, cheap snacks are packed full of flavor and super easy to prepare.
They cook quickly, so you don’t need to be waiting as they’re good to go as your spy with your little eyes! Going around we came to realize there are more than few stalls selling these snacks so go ahead and pick your favourite!
7. Keropok Lekok
No Malaysian is truly one if he or she doesn’t have a thing for Keropok Lekok. Ultimately, a fish-based Malaysian snack, no matter which background you are from, there’s just no way you can never say no to this and this stalls here located midway right next to salted fish bao stall sells batches of fresh, soft and crispy Lekok which fills up a plastic bag for just RM2. We like it with that extra chilli sauce for a dip and extra tingle of flavour. How would you like yours?
8. Lok Lok
Penangites love having the best Lok Lok which means “dip dip” and is one of the MUST-EATS street foods in night markets in Farlim So if you see signs of fresh lok lok being sold with a crowd, do not hesitate to barge and get picking, put it in the boiler, choose the sauce of your life and get as much as you want! Discover some freshly skewed clams, cuttlefish, fish ball, sea snail, jellyfish, vegetables, fish balls and much more- all under one roof! Bite one and you’ll go for another for sure!
9. Grilled Chicken Bun
For the Ramli fans, they’re close in a healthier manner! Grilled to perfection on high heat, the burger without any add-on as we were stuffed was tender yet crispy with the marination of chicken managing to find its way through the sauces!
Preferably order without too much sauce to enjoy the burger sandwiched between fluffy buns as it is for an ultimate satisfaction! Priced at RM5, we thought it was pretty good in terms of quality and flavour!
10. Everlyn Popcorn
Something to take it back home and for RM5, this buttered popcorn will make you forget your experience of years of eating soggy, tasteless popcorns. Everlyn’s version is round, crunchy and flavourful. Pop one of these into your mouth and this addictive snack will have you munching through the whole Tupperware!
And that’s a wrap! With a budget of RM50, believe it or not, we’ve got more than enough for three of us to wander around and immerse in the blessings of spices, deep-fried snacks, fresh juices and whole lotta delicacies needed to be tasted by you now at the Farlim Night Market sparkling with bright adventures! Next time you pay a visit, let us know what we’ve missed cuz on the island of a food paradise there ain’t such things as limited options! Happy Wandering!
Farlim Night Market / Pasar Malam
Opening Hours: Wednesday, 18:00 – 23:30
Address: 27-75, Medan Angsana, Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia