Monday, September 7, 2009

Accompanying Mom and Dad to Chai Leng Park Wet Market

The alley leading to the Chai Leng Park wet market

I would bring my kids back to my home town in Butterworth whenever I could, so that my mom and dad who are in their eighties would get to see their grandchildren. They are too old to travel to KL and they miss my kids very much especially my little toddler. I was back in Butterworth during the recent long weekend due to the Merdeka holidays. My little toddler, who is now 21 months old, kept grandpa and grandma amused with his cheeky antics. Mom still insists of doing her own marketing so my wife and I took her to the wet market in Chai Leng Park on the Sunday morning. In fact I would always accompany my mom to the market whenever I am back in Butterworth. We arrived at the around 7.30 am and the car park around the market was already almost filled up with cars! Seeing my old and frail parents walking slowly to the market makes me think of how times really fly by so fast all these years. I actually felt quite sad. Well, I was quickly jolted back to my normal frequency when we reached the entrance to the wet market. Mom had already taken her breakfast so she asked me to bring dad to eat his favourite Char Kueh Teow at my friend, Mr Eng’s stall in Kim Sun Restaurant. We ordered two plates of Char Kueh Teow and also black coffee to wash it down. Boy, I really missed a good char kueh teow and also Butterworth black coffee. We ate quickly and went back to the market to help my mom and wife carry the stuff they bought. I stopped by my favourite roast pork stall and purchased 2 packets of roast pork. One for mom and one I put in the freezer to bring back to KL. Then I tar pau (take away) some fried bihun (rice vermicelli) for mom, wantan mee (RM2.40) for my eldest son, nyonya huat kuih, and Indian apam (RM1.20 for 2 pcs). My mom and grandma used to make trays of Nyonya huat kuih using tuak (fermented coconut palm liqueur) during Chinese festivals, like on the ninth day of Chinese New Year, when the Hokkiens offer prayers to the Jade Emperor God (Thnee Kong) My daughter got quite interested in Nyonya stuffs after watching The Little Nyonya in Astro and when I told her that she is a fifth generation Nyonya descendent. Later that night I bought her some Nyonya rice kuih bengka and rempah udang. Now, she is bugging my sister to sew for her a Nyonya Kebaya and beaded shoe.

Kim Sun Restaurant is still empty because it was still early. My nice plate of Char Kueh Teow Nyonya huat kuih................................................... and Indian Apam

Related Post on Chai Leng Park Food http://peteformation.blogspot.com/2008/10/putu-mayam-authentic-indian-food.html http://peteformation.blogspot.com/2008/10/chinese-nasi-lemak-chai-leng-park-wet.html http://peteformation.blogspot.com/2008/10/traditional-flavour-roast-duck-chai.html http://peteformation.blogspot.com/2008/10/kim-sun-great-wellesley-foodcourt-chai.html http://peteformation.blogspot.com/2008/10/penang-roti-tapai-biscuits.html

17 comments:

suituapui said...

Missing Penang char kway teow liao... Nicer than KL's...and the black coffee is nicer too, agree? Hope you had a good trip home to see your parents...

wenn said...

hi, all my favourite food..hungry here lo..hv a nice day!

reanaclaire said...

hi Pete, it is 10.30am now and i still havent had my breakfast yet.. seeing the nyonya kueh, i called it bak chan koe here, i want to eat it .. and apom balik too.. a bit sourish but i love it! hey, come to think of it, i love lots of food, ye!

smallkucing said...

I miss Penang CKT and Asam Laksa

ladyviral said...

Yummy, Nyonya Huat Kuih... I love that! I miss it too T____T.

Josephine said...

I feel like eating Apam liow...

fufu said...

it would be best if you add a piece of picture of your little toddler =p i am thinking of visiting butterworth before i fly off again XD

Pete said...

STP : Ya, agree, the Penang black coffee are nicer, cheaper also. Always drank lots of it whenever I go back. Had a good trip, thks STP.

Wenn : Mine too, Cheers!

Claire : Wah, 10.30am still haven't have breakfast. Working hard leh, you boss must pay you double wages, he he he, LOL!

Smallkucing : Penang Assam laksa and char kueh teow is the best! Now, I am hungry again! Aiyo!

Ladyviral : The ones that are mande from tuak taste real good!

Josephine : Can find this type of apam in Singapore?

Fufu : Will try to get a good video of him and publish. Hope you had a good time in Butterworth. Just go to Chai Leng Park, lots of good food there, day and night!

Ayie said...

it's always nice to go back to where you're from and reunite with your parents. I definitely will visit home =)

cleffairy said...

=.= you make me think of putu mayam and putu piring lah....

Pete said...

Ayie : Going back to hometown is something I always look forward to!

Cleff: Coincidently the Putu Mayam stall is just next to this Apam stall!

Bengbeng said...

Chai Leng park was my playground for a year or two. I lived near the Chain Ferry Complex. When my bike was stolen in Chai Leng park, luckily one of the locals helped negotiate for its return for a small sum. Reading this reminds me of stuff i have long long forgotten

Pete said...

Bengbeng : Chai Leng Park used to be a very notorious area! Luckily you got your bike back!

Bengbeng said...

i never expected you to reply this comment as it was not a new post :)

Pete said...

Bengbeng : I will try to reply whenever I have free time...but this post is still in my first page...LOL!

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