Pasar Malam near KSL City Mall

Read my 2016 updated blog, video and photos of Pasar Malam near KSL Mall &  hotel. Click the link below –

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I went to Johor Bahru on a Monday afternoon specifically to visit the Pasar Malam or night market near the KSL City Mall. The pasar malam stretched along the road from the Grand Paragon Hotel to the back of the KSL City Mall. I have the impression that the night market would start normally in the evening about 7 pm. But I was wrong, as I saw stalls being set up at about 4pm in the afternoon. At around 6pm, I saw numerous stalls along the road ready for business. I did not take my lunch during that day as I wanted to try the street food that are being sold in the pasar malam.

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Otak Otak stall at Pasar Malam

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At about 7pm onwards, the crowds in the pasar malam was getting bigger and there was congestion on the road. The road was closed for vehicles during this event, but there were so many people there that I have squeezed through the crowds. The stalls were lined up on the left and right side of the long road. To my delight, there were many stalls selling food and fruits – so it was a fruitful evening for me. There were many the other items being sold at this pasar malam – toys, clothes, costume jewellery, fresh vegetables and seafood, dried food, music/videos discs, bedding, many different types of cooked food, fresh fruits, drinks, durian specialty stall, sweets and candies, and many more. The cooked food that were sold in this pasar malam were cheap and delicious. I literally ate my way through this visit and wished that I could eat more, but there were too many food there.

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Pasar Malam in Johor Bahru

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I noticed that before 9pm, some of the food stalls have completely sold out their food and were getting ready to pack up and leave.  In fact I missed out on a stall selling kuey ( traditional cakes ) because it was sold out even before 9pm. The couple who was selling the kuey told me to come earlier next Monday as their home made kuey was limited in supply. What I don’t understand was why can’t the stall holders make more and sell more if their food were so popular? I missed out on the salted baked chicken as well as it was sold out. The fried carrot cake stall was having a long queue, but luckily I managed to get my order and it was worth it.

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Mangoes for sale in Pasar Malam near KSL City Mall

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Since I have missed trying out on so many good food, I am planning to visit this pasar malam again when I can find the time on a Monday evening. Anyway, I went back to KSL City Mall at about after 9pm to have a cup of tea at the restaurant near the entrance. As my hotel was just a few minutes walk, I went back to my hotel with guava fruit and other items that I have bought at the pasar malam. I was tempted to buy the durians but I was afraid that it may caused inconvenience to other guests in hotel due to the strong smell  of this fruit; so I skipped it.

If you are planning to visit the pasar malam near KSL City Mall in Johor Bahru, remember that it is on every Monday and try to be there by 5pm in the afternoon. You can visit the KSL City Mall first and thereafter walk to the pasar malam. Have a light lunch during that day as there are many food stalls offering delicious food at very reasonable prices.

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Famous Carrot Cake stall at Pasar Malam near KSL City Mall

 

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