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Take part in a gastronomic adventure at Pasar Malam Bintulu

One of the many things you should never miss during a trip to the ‘energy town’ of Sarawak is a visit to Pasar Malam Bintulu.

Pasar Malam Bintulu, or the Bintulu Night Market, operates daily from 5pm to 10pm near the town’s old airport.

A signage leading you to Pasar Malam Bintulu.
Vegetables and fruits at Pasar Malam Bintulu

For the locals, Pasar Malam Bintulu is a place to buy local produce both seasonal and unseasonal.

If you are unfamiliar with Sarawak’s local fruits, you can start by giving engkala (Litsea garciae) a try.

It is a pink-coloured fruit with a green-cap on top. Do you know engkala and avocado shared the same family? With that in mind, you can imagine that it has that creamy, buttery taste like an avocado.

When it is the fruit season, the market turns into the place to be to buy your durian or dabai (Sarawak’s black olive).

Other fruit include mangosteen, sour sop, rambutan, langsat and many more.

As for vegetables, you can even watch the traders pounding cassava leaves right there at the market to sell.

Visitors can also pick different kind of shoots, spinach, brinjal and green vegetables.

Local black fungus typically used in clear soups and broths.
The market offers both unseasonal and seasonal fruits like durian.
Local delicacies from the Malay to the Chinese

Another reason why Pasar Malam Bintulu is a local and visitor’s favourite is the wide variety of local delicacies.

Here you can find both Malay and Chinese delicacies under one roof.

The Malay stalls offer various kuih such as ketayap, apam balik, doughnuts, pudding and many more.

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Choose any of these delicacies to satisfy your sugar cravings.

Meanwhile at the Chinese stalls, kompia, fried stuffed tofu, five spice meat roll are the highlights.

Can you spot the fried stuffed tofu and the Chinese meat roll?

Even if you are not looking for snacks, you can find one whole meal for your dinner at the night market.

Meat lovers would absolutely enjoy their trips to Pasar Malam Bintulu because here you can find chicken, fish and even pork grilled or fried.

And for carbs, you have the choices of rice or noodle cooked in Malay or Chinese style.

So it doesn’t matter if you are a local looking for groceries or if you are a visitor looking for a gastronomic adventure, Pasar Malam Bintulu is definitely worth a visit.

Visit the market during the evening when the food were freshly cooked.
Fresh soya for sale.
Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at or Twitter at @patriciahului.

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