Monday, July 28, 2014

Langkawi Night Markets (Malaysia)

One of my favourite parts of our (now distant) holiday to Langkawi was visiting the nightly food market. As Langkawi is quite small the markets move location each night of the week - a roving troop of food vendors delivering tasty happiness to locals and tourists alike.

Depending on the location you may get more or less stalls...but there always seems to be fried chicken and let's be honest, that's all I care about!

Our first trip to market is on a Saturday night - probably the biggest market night of the lot given that it's held in Kuah Town, the major town on Langkawi. Every taxi driver on the island will know where the markets are but if you're driving keep your eyes peeled for this pretty snazzy looking building....

The markets seem to kick off at around 7pm (ish) each night. Again, we're on island time here so I think it's more like "the markets start when we feel like it". Thankfully once the sun sets on Langkawi the temperature becomes bearable and it's really nice to wander the markets stuffing your face. Bring the Aeroguard though - the mozzies are up for a feast too!

On our first visit I little spazz out at all the amazing food and + drink and make a pig of myself by eating nearly everything in sight including three pieces of fried chicken (pass on the Durian though). Dave and I also bought some things to take back to the villa for lunch the next day. All in all we spent around AUD$15.

The satay chicken was AMAZING, fried chicken was artery cloggingly GREAT and anything on a stick gets two thumbs up from me. Like I said we gave the Durian a wide berth but made multiple visits to the drink stalls to top up on Coconut Juice or Sugar Cane Juice - both are super refreshing and help to de-grease your tummy if you've eaten too much Ayam Goreng.

Our second market visit is on a Sunday night, to the much quieter Padang Matsirat. The market is set in a carpark nestled up against rice fields and a mosque. It was really nice wandering the markets (eating fried chicken, ahem) as the call to prayer rung out.

There wasn't a lot of food on offer as this location (espeically when compared to Kuah Town) but we noticed that Durian is EVERYWHERE!

We basically ate fried chicken here and took home some tasty Mutabak to have for lunch the next day. Our villa didn't have a microwave but this is suprinsgly nice eaten cold...

Your hotel or villa should be able to tell you were the markets are each night -- but if not here is a little list:

• Sunday at Padang Matsirat - in large car park area near the Field of Burnt Rice
• Monday - Ulu Melaka
 • Tuesday - Kedawang
 • Wednesday - Kuah Town
 • Thursday - Pantai Cenang (Tamoyong Village)
 • Friday - Padang Lalang (Air Hangat) • Saturday - Kuah Town


  1. Tina@foodboozeshoesJuly 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Angry Birds skewers... oh dear. Are they made of.... angry birds?

  2. No matter which country the night market is always so crowded


  3. How funny are those Angry Birds skewers!

    I'm disappointed you didn't try the durian...I love it, and its so much fresher there than you can get here.

  4. I've tried Durian before...I don't like it. At all. I'm always up for trying new things before deciding I don't like them (as long as the food presents no ethical issues that is)!

  5. I wonder if it's because so many SE Asian countries are SO hot during the day that once the sunsets it's actually bearable to be outside?

  6. I think they're made of 100% food colouring Tina!

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite NigellaAugust 1, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Hehe I like your priorities of fried chicken! :P I don't mind Thai durian because it is milder but I've heard the Malaysian one is super strong!

  8. Sara (Belly Rumbles)August 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Awesome markets. And when you thought there weren't enough foods on a stick, we bring you Angry Birds, LOL

  9. Helen (grabyourfork)August 4, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Argh the food markets are definitely one of the highlights of visiting Malaysia. And ayam goreng! Oh the cravings!


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