This is what Chowrasta Morning Market, in Penang, Malaysia looks like. Almost all the locals who live in Georgetown, comes here to get their daily cooking materials and other household items. Even the morning hawker does his grocery shopping here.
If you are staying in a guesthouse in town, do check this market out, as it is interesting to see so many stalls selling different ingredients, both wet and dry being sold here, which will later be master crafted to create the many different yummy hawker street food.
It is these hawker dishes that make Penang “The FOOD CAPITAL of MALAYSIA”.
Besides wandering around soaking in the local morning activities, make sure you check out the many street stalls where you can get some local breakfast as low as RM 2.
This is the cheap fried noodles. This has been regarded as “poor mans” food. Most of them are vegetarian noodles.
Check out the fried bread. It may be unhealthy but it tastes darn good. This is how they make it.
The pork porridge, soup noodles, and deep fried “Ewe Jar Kuih” or elongated fried bread, are just great in the mornings. You can also find the chinese glutinous rice dumplings, that are filled with assorted nuts, meat, mushroom and salted egg.
Besides food and fresh produce, you can find assorted home accessories sold here too.
Pets like rabbits, dogs, cats and fishes are for sale….
Chowrasta Market starts early in the morning around 6.30am, and usually ends around 11am. It gets pretty hot around 10am and there isn’t much left to see. So make sure you give the market an early head start.
If your guesthouse is somewhere around Upper Penang Road, Muntri Street, Love Lane, or Penang Road, Chowrasta Market is a 10 minutes pleasant morning walk as there isn’t much traffic and people.
More on how to get here and the map where the market is check out Chowrasta Market Penang