Sibu Night Market
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Spring9143
Chiang Mai, Thailand224 contributions
Family
This night market has been around for decades - same carpark, same operating hours and some same old stalls (now manned fby younger generations). You could find a lots of daily essential like razors, pen knifes, match sticks...& toys like 'plastic bubble' ( from tiny tube), mind you, those found here are not the types you get in a trendy department stores, these are the stuffs popular in earlier days like the 70s or 80s - nostalgia feel. Not sure where they got the supplies, but visiting this market was like treasure hunting for my family.

Not all stalls have their goods on tables, so you might have to squat to take a closer look, not for one with bad knees. The IN things/stuffs are also available, toys like angry birds , Minions, Frozen; gadgets like mobile phones case, headphones and cables; And fashion wears - they are normally cheap mass products from China. Couple of stalls are also selling 'pre-loved/used' clothes '古着'

Highlights of this market, are foods, foods and more foods.... The locals in Sibu love food, so much so that, when they see you, they don't greet by 'how are you?' or 'how do you do', they say ' have you eaten?' - anytime of the day. There are some good stalls which are not necessary the popular ones. These good stalls have been serving the same kinds of good for decades, old fashioned? They are doing their cooking in the plain honest ways. I love the Chinese bun '包' from Sungei Merah' (same home made taste) and steamed 'rice pudding' '碗粿' served with fried crispy shallots and light soya sauce (yum!), Singapore has a smaller version called 'chui kueh' (水粿'), served with fried radish and chilli.

The popular stalls are those few stalls selling fried foods and crispy local pancake filled with sugar, margarine, grounded peanut and/or sweet corn kernels, it has a nice name after the shape of the thin pancake when it's folded : 'Half moon' ('半个月亮' ) - Verdicts : oily, crisp on outside and sweet, salty, steaming hot inside, one is not enough but too many, bad for waist line.

If you're real hungry and need somethings hot and filling and of course, 'brave and gutsy' enough, try the stalls manned by the Ibans, they sell grilled chicken and local burgers- using 'Ramli' brand patty. So far I didn't have any problem with these foods as they're prepared fresh and served hot. Cheap but heavenly..
Written January 18, 2016
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EddyPuah
Sibu, Malaysia18 contributions
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For Malaysians, the night bazaar is an every day part of life. It's where many of us bought our first shirt, pair of shoes, jeans or knick knacks other than food and beverages.

Of course, children nowadays - the wealthier kids - would find it hard to imagine buying stuff from a place like this.

But nonetheless, it is a way of life and lesser off folks do find the Night Bazaar a treat. Wealthy parents should take their children to such places so as to expose them to the many aspects of life.

This Night Bazaar is at the same spot on a nightly basis unlike in most towns or cities in Peninsular Malaysia where they have it on rotation or scheduled basis - meaning some night bazaars over there are not on a nightly basis.

Sibu's Night Bazaar is a "must visit" for visitors especially those who are not from Malaysia. Here you can get to sample what the locals like to eat.

And it's an amazing spread of street foods.

The reason why I say a marvel of harmony is because you can see people from different faiths and races trading here at the same site

Unlike certain towns, this is sadly not a common practice due to religious sensitivities. Granted that the "halal" and non-halal stalls here are separated by a buffer zone, it's still great to get Malay, Iban and Chinese foods all at the same site.

If you're a foreigner on a shoe string budget, this is where you should head to for your one stop local food cravings or adventure.

If you're a foreigner with money to spend, do head there too. The sights, sounds and smells will delight you. And who's to say you won't enjoy cheap eats? Great food is great food, no matter how cheaply you can get it.

So, all said, don't miss out on this Night Bazaar in Sibu.

Have fun in Sibu.
Written December 20, 2016
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little_rina_john
Bintulu, Malaysia69 contributions
Family
This night market opens nightly everyday and the crowd are no kidding! Despite having hard time to park, this night market is always my choice to go buy local foods like nasi ayam, satay, ayam panggang and lots more to choose from. It is most popular during fasting season and yeah its tempting to not buy more! Shoppers there also sell variety of clothes, electrical appliances and much more.
Written July 24, 2018
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E.Walsh
Kuching, Malaysia483 contributions
Family
This is a permanent night market that opens every night from 6pm+ till 9pm+. It is also popular among the locals.

One street sells fashion and toys and another street had food stalls. There's also another street with halal food stalls.

Nice to walk around.
Written March 19, 2018
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BevenLau
Malaysia86 contributions
Friends
Wen I visited there were not many shops opened, and most of the stuff selling at the shops are those average food you will find sold in almost any night market. I think the only thing which impressed me was seeking a Chinese stall selling pork beside a Malay stall selling Satay. I mean, you don't get to see such harmony anywhere in West Malaysia. So yes do drop by if you have the time, but don't expect too much from it.
Written April 14, 2017
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,402 contributions
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The Night Market is located in the central area within walking distance from the Central Market. I stayed at a hostel just opposite the Central Market and the Night Market is just behind my hostel. There is a signboard visibly erected that pointed to the location of this night market. I was there early at about 4.30 pm and saw vendors already in the process of setting up their stalls and equipment. Most of the stalls in the Night Market were fully set up at 6.30 pm.

The blue color of the canvas tentages reminded me of similar night markets in Johor Bahru. But the contents sold here appeared to be different in diversity and in terms of the type of food sold here. There were not many stalls, roughly about 8 or 9 rows orderly set up with wide walking spaces. Other than garment, art pieces, children toys, local artifacts, belts, spectacles, etc, the main magnetism seem to be from the food stalls.

Sibu has a large population of Christian and Muslim natives and Chinese locals and the diversity is reflected in the wide variety of food sold here bearing the characteristic taste and culture of the many natives.

Sibu is like Singapore in the 60s and 70s. The shop houses were old and a bit of dilapidated but the deep tradition and culture remains unchanged as modernity crept in. At this market, I witnessed a number of traditional Chinese delicacies not seen in Singapore since the immemorial time. The traditional pancake, kueh kueh, barbequed fish, chicken wings, stewed pork organs, steamed buns, char siew (barbequed pork slices) and many other specialty food attracted a lot of customers. The wide choice of dishes also reflects the cosmopolitan and diversified cultural background of Sibu

My impression from the food sold here is that Sibu residents appear to be more carnivorous in their appetite and their taste preference more toward fried and barbequed stuff. The good smell of the barbequed fish, chicken wings, sotong, satay and meat pervaded the air and attracted quite a huge crowd. The atmosphere was smoky but that make the market uniquely Sibu.

Although the night bazaar is of a small scale, it was uniquely different from some night markets I visited in West Malaysia and China. It would be a waste not to visit this iconic sight if you are in Sibu.
Written January 3, 2017
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Emma Chiew
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
I'd 100% recommend coming to these night markets and trying the amazing foods on offer. The pancakes, my personal favourite, are filled with crunchy peanuts and butter and it makes for a delicious treat! The dumplings and pork buns are also great.
Written August 18, 2019
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flak_canada
Ottawa, Canada262 contributions
Friends
Nice market to visit and try different foods. There are all types of stalls from food, clothing to gadgets. Opens around 5 p.m.
Written February 23, 2019
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Yi C
Miri, Malaysia80 contributions
Family
It was a nice Saturday night when families and couples would go for a walk in the sleepy town of sibu where night market is a culture. It has been the night life of the people of Sibu for more than 60 years. It is such a fixture that the vendors have their own organized committees and the supporters are faithful to their services. Many business people also depend on the Night Market Vendors to market their stuff. For Sibu people it is a place to meet, to be seen and to pick up the latest update on business trends. And for people who have moved away or migrated, the night market is a nostalgic walk down memory lane. Hope it will be there for another 100 years!!
Written January 14, 2019
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borneo88
Miri, Malaysia586 contributions
Friends
The night market in down town Sibu is very much a local affair. One can see the occasional orang putih back packer loading up on take away food but otherwise it is all locals who buy and sell.
BBQ items dominate and there is a lot of meat and seafood on offer. The prices are reasonable and the vendors friendly.
The only nice addition would be more rubbish bins and an area for customers to sit and consume the food. As it is now, "tapau" or take away is the only option.
Written May 27, 2017
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