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Robyn and David,

You have outdone yourselves with this most recent piece of work. Reading your words, and poring over your pictures, it is almost as if I was walking around Chow Kit myself. Actually, it is better than that, as I have the benefit of David's keen eye, and Robyn's wonderful observations.



Some things are worth preserving. I'm thankful that Taiwan's night markets have survived for this long. I look forward to visiting them every time I fly back.


ELE - many thanks! We love markets. I think it comes through in this article, at least I hope it does.

Chubbypanda - How true. Unfortunately your and my idea of what's worth preserving often does jibe with the views of KL City Hall. :-( Everyone at Chow Kit thoroughly expects the place to be razed at some point. It's really a matter of time.


WOW! The infamous Chow Kit market. I don't recall the last time I visited it but it is at least 30 years ago. My aunt had a shop that grinded rice, sold coffee and toast with kaya. The picture which had 2 baskets full of noodles looked exactly like her shop which was on the ground/first floor. My dad took us there during the weekends. I walked around and explored the market. It was a time where being a kid was alot of fun. Great pictures!


Gorgeous, just gorgeous. Your blog is making me very hungry--and also thankful that I live in Asia!


I love your blog and i can'twait to see yoiu guys in April!!


Hey Beth - thanks, as always, for being one of our biggest boosters. See you soon....


Wow! Great info. I wish, I could have such a writing skills.


Nice post! hope to read more from you

Julian Chan

Chow Kit wet market was the market in those days ( the late 50s era and also the early 60s)
I used to go to have my favorite pork porridge when I was young.
In those days the ceiling was crappy but the food was very authentic. Serving very hot and with intestines etc I can recall every minute of trying to chew the rubber!!
People were then selling fake goods like GOLDGATE for COLGATE toothpaste. Apparently the toothpaste was good and it must be imported too! Plastic toys from HK were everywhere then !
The crowd and the pop songs ( Mandarin ) were blaring out from the Rediffusion while I was having my breakfast. It was very nostalgic!! The songs then were from singers like Wu Ying Ying, Deng Bai Ying, Chang Loo etc ( they were very popular at that time). I wish I could go back to the old days when people were more down to earth - clean air, good food, simple life style, no traffic jam, little crimes, good cinemas and good film shows, bus rides, etc.......

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