Last sunday, I fetched my mum and her friend to Balik Pulau market from my house in town. It took us around 45mins to reach the market. My mum knew about this market from me when i was there a couple months ago. So being a good mummy boy (ahmm….mm) I decided to bring her there on last sunday.
Just like any other market, you can find fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, fish at Balik Pulau market.
The only difference is Balik Pulau market is the biggest and most modern market in Penang.
The allocated stalls for the traders are very spacious, clean and comfortable for people to do their marketing. There are enough lighting and water as well as benches for the old people to rest after their marketing.
Big and spacious corridor.
Brisk sale for this fellow.
Halal Chicken(ayam) are sold here by the malays. In fact, the architect had designed this market in such a way that halal and non-halal stalls are segregated. This is to a norm considering Malaysia is majority muslim people.
We have to go to a hidden place where all the stalls selling porks are. There are about 8 stalls selling porks if I am not mistaken.
One of the stalls that sell pork. The stalls are very clean compared to stalls in other market.
After completed our marketing, we walked to the open space which is just like a very simple landscape garden that link up the wet market with dry market and food court.
There is a hall at the upper level of the market. I didn’t go up to find out but I think it is very big based on the size of the building.
The normal stuff you can find at any dry market but in Balik Pulau, you can find the most delicious nutmeg in the whole Penang. Yes, you are right! Balik Pulau is famous for its nutmeg.
A must have- Nutmeg was sold atRM 6 per kilo.
There is a playground for the kids to run ‘amok’ while in the market.
To be safe, don’t left the kids alone. Gone are the days when kids in Malaysia like me in the 1980s can run here and there and nobody will kidnap us.
A surau for the Muslim to pray.
The food court in Balik Pulau market. The above picture just shown a portion of the food court. There are two rows of shop lots, each row will have roughly 30 shop lots. So use your imagination to see how big is the food court.
Fyi, I am a wan than mee lover. Everywhere I go, I must taste the wan than mee. When I saw a lot of people waiting for the wan than mee at stall no.29, I quickly made my order too. But to my disappointment, the wan than mee was too salty. The mee is no match even if I compare to the one near my house.
After finished up the salty wan than mee, I took a walk around the market together with my mum and her friend. On our way back to car park we saw this big, very old house.
The house still stand. It looks old but it is a heritage, at least to me. I love to see old buildings than modern and tall buildings.
Anyway, if you want to please your mum or be a good boy and don’t want to spend lot of money then balik pulau market is one of the options you can go for.
I am sure your mum will feel happy.