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Malaysia Night Market Street Food


Good evening from the night market
in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. It has been a scorcher of a day. The sun has finally gone down. It’s still over thirty degrees,
but a much better temperature now to just wander around and see what we can find. I basically ran over to this table
because it looks so cool. I’ve never seen this before. Two different types of seaweed. One is called dried seaweed and then green seaweed and I was just talking to the man here, he says
he was out on his boat and picked it up today and you can eat this raw or cooked. The dried seaweed looks so cool. It looks like coral, actually, And then the green looks like little tiny little grapes that you would eat like this or something and both the dried seaweed and the green seaweed
you cook by boiling in some water and then adding some seasonings,
so chili sauce, garlic, and salt. This machine here is really cool. It has a big engine and then two buckets
and there’s this… it looks like a Medieval torture device or something. This little knob in the middle that’s metal
looks really dangerous, and it is, and it’s actually for shaving coconut. So there’s coconuts hanging here
and a sign that says how much it is per kilo and so they basically cut the coconut in half
and then hold it up and as the motor runs it turns round and round
and it shaves all the insides of the coconut and the shavings fall into this basin and then they package them all up
into bags and sell them by weight. I wish we had smell-o-vision
because then you would already know that I’m standing right beside the BBQ. But maybe the wafts of smoke
are giving it away as well. You always can find your way to the satay
through the night market. You just look for big plumes of smoke and know that you’ve arrived and satay is super, super popular in Malaysia. It’s basically different kinds of meat,
usually chicken, lamb, or beef, served on a stick and done over a BBQ and they use different seasonings
and different sauces and this cost one Malaysian Ringgit for one stick
so that’s about thirty cents Canadian. We got the last chicken satay and I asked her like you must be so hot standing here. You must be hot standing here all night. And she just smiled so I guess it’s ok. It has soy sauce on the outside. I love the soy sauce flavouring. Wow, that’s good. I’ll be ordering ten more of these. My eyes are kind of stinging from the smoke. Mine are getting bloodshot. Time to move away from the satay. After getting satay and standing
near a BBQ for a little too long, the logical place to come next was to buckets filled with ice
and delicious fruit juice. So they have tons of these. You’ll see these all over Malaysia,
especially at the night markets. So I treated myself to a large. It was two Ringgits so it’s still
under about a dollar Canadian and I got mango. It’s my absolute favourite and the cool thing
is that they use liquid sugar here so you can see before you buy how much
liquid sugar is mixed in with your fruit juice, So it’s not just straight mango fruit juice
but the sweeter the better, right? And it’s full of ice and one of my favourite sounds as I’m walking around the streets of Malaysia honestly is hearing people turning the ice
and just…they’ve got these huge… spoons almost that they’re just
getting their arms in there and the sound just makes you feel refreshed. It’s like…it’s kind of the equivalent sound of you know when you hear someone
popping the can of a Coke or something cold and you just…
you start to feel cold inside? That’s the Malaysian equivalent is hearing
the sound of the ice as it’s churned around. I could down this entire thing right now. I think I will. Lots of chicken. I feel like chicken tonight! Do you find do you sell more chicken or beef? More chicken, yeah? This table is full of tuna so you just
pick whichever fish you want and he’ll chop it up for you. This is cool ‘cause you can
see how he’s cut it up and then right over here one of the fish
is looking up at you with a very big eyeball. We got Mee Gorgeng Mamak here at the night market and it’s basically noodles and chicken
and there’s some curry in there and the guy said it’s ‘a little bit spicy.’ But a little bit spicy here is like
a lot of spice back home. This is very spicy by our standards
but it’s really good. I also picked up a pineapple juice. This was two Ringgit which is about sixty-five cents Canadian
or maybe like forty cents US and it’s absolutely delicious. So good after the spice. This one is called Nasi Goreng USA. I’m not really sure what makes this the USA version. It’s got just a mix of different
vegetables here with spices and there’s an egg over top of rice
which looks delicious. This is another dish that he described
as a little bit spicy. It is actually less spicy than the first dish but still spicy by our standards. The meat and fish aisle is not a place
you want to wear flip flops. One because you might slip –
I just saw someone almost slip – and mostly because obviously
they’re chopping up meat and fish and there’s blood and puddles everywhere. There’s so many different fruits here
that we don’t see in Canada and it’s so cool to just see them here
in the marketplace. Like this one. What is it? It kind of looks like a dragon’s egg,
Game of Thrones style. Or a giant acorn that you can eat. Yeah. Is it good. Yes. Is it sweet? Is it sweet? Yeah, sweet. Very sweet? Thank you. There you go. There’s a ton of seafood in Kota Kinabalu. From where I’m standing right now
I can see the water, I can see the boats, and then if I look down right in front of me are the fish that they’ve caught in those boats,
on that water. I mean that is fresh. And the idea here at the market
is that they have menus and you can decide exactly
what kind of seafood you want, exactly the way that you want it prepared. So they’ve got fish soup, hot and sour fish,
steamed fish. They’ve also got like squid and shrimp and just all sorts of seafood so very fresh, very custom. I think what she means to say is
you can choose your own ‘poisson.’ There’s the water, boats, menu, fish,
table where you eat. It’s all in one view. These ones look like Jackson Pollocks. I studied these in art school. I love walking around night markets and just seeing the different things that they have. And what’s really cool about
this one in Kota Kinabalu is because it’s right on the water, I mean
literally it’s a few steps up from the water here, they have the seaweed
and then the fresh, fresh seafood that you can just pick whatever you want. In this case they’ve just put the menu
right on top of the seafood. And then they cook it in front of you
and put it on a plate and it’s always fun to just kind of follow
your nose and your eyes around, which led me to the satay – the BBQ – and then to follow it over to the sound of ice and have that cooling mango drink. It’s just…I don’t know. There’s always something neat that you
can find at the night market so I hope that you guys have enjoyed this video. Make sure you give it a thumbs up if you did and subscribe if you haven’t already and we’ll see you in our next video. Bye!

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100 thoughts on “Malaysia Night Market Street Food

  1. The coconut thing is called a rotary rasp. This made me think of years ago in Japan and no dogs or cats on the streets. Just googled about malayasia and they have been using cats and dogs for meat. I think I'm going to be sick. Like the abbot and costello video on youtube with the cats. https://cleanmalaysia.com/2018/04/09/cats-and-dogs-are-now-on-the-menu-in-malaysia-this-must-stop/ cats in the kettle at the peking moon, it's Garfield on my fork. 🙂 I never ate Asian street food for fear of what I was eating. At least here you get to see what you are about to eat. The only way to do it.

  2. Excited for your Malaysia series! We visited last year and absolutely loved it. The mee goreng looked especially good and curry flavor sounds good with the heat

  3. Another beautiful video that makes me feel that I'm there with you. I'd LOVE to visit a market where everything is as fresh as this night market! And, of course, no video is complete without the yummy faces:)!

  4. Love the night markets. Looks like they have an awesome variety of food. The Mango drink, Pineapple drink and all the yummy treats are making my mouth water. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi Eileen, Nice video, i'm also doing travel video mostly in Asia, currently i'm doing Taiwan Travel. new supporter here and like 129

  6. Actually Nasi Goreng USA is not United state of America but Udang=shrimp, Sotong=squid Ayam=chicken . In English we called it as Fried Rice Shrimp, squid and chicken.

  7. Haha..your depiction of the pasar malam (night market) was intense! And a visual feast to the eyes. The night market there has more wow factors than those here in peninsula Malaysia. Never thought someone could come up with such an eye-catching depiction of the humble night market. Keep up the good work guys!

  8. aku pusing satu malaysia tak jumpa lg nasik goreng USA yg adanya udang sotong dan ayam..yg biasa aku jumpa nasi goreng serta daging (beef steak) dan telor mata kerbau…ini dikatakan USA sbb spt org amerika makan.

  9. What attracted the most about your video is those musics. You should put up each songs title under your video please. Love from 🇲🇾

  10. Hey. I just found out about your video and it is amazing. I want to thank you for filming the Sinsuran night market.

    Ur vid on malaysian desserts, those desserts freshly made by my mom which happened to be the vendor.

    Cheers 😊

  11. Already subscribe your guys ! Travel again to malaysia. I love your food travel and your laugh make me laugh too.. That so funny.. 😀 thank you visiting malaysia. Come to Kuala Lumpur next time.

  12. Revolusi makanan tu…..sebab seafood xleh campur dgn makanan darat….sebabtu tukar daging +telur…..yg masih kekalkan tradisi usa tu majnanya die xconcern,…..

  13. Actually, Kota Kinabalu street food is much better than any street food in KL…because you know, you have a lot choices of fresh seafoods there it's so heaven!

  14. i think you should go to the peninsular malaysia..there a lot of food with different type of taste..trust me…
    I suggest Penang,Johor,Kelantan,Kedah,Negeri Sembilan,Perak..and of course Kuala Lumpur..

  15. Bbq chicken that you called satay, that's 'ayam madu' means honey chicken. That why it's sweet. Satay it's different from that and don't have bone.

  16. There is reason why the fried rice been called Nasi Goreng U S A. U S A stand for Udang (Prawn) Sotong (Squid) Ayam (Chicken). It supposed to been served with this 3 ingredients.

  17. Get the facts right…kk is located in Sabah…don't get confused..I'm educated, I speak English and other dialects..not like some other people who says I'm not educated….

  18. 2:07 – When i go to night market, that ‘ayam panggang madu’ (honey grilled chicken) was the first thing im looking for. Actually that not satay/satë. Satay not grilled with honey like that. And satay served with onion, sliced of cucumber and peanut sauce.

    6:35 – Originally served with Udang, Sotong, Ayam (shrim, squid, chicken) for who didnt eat beef. But some people want it only with beef and dont know how the menu automatically turn into beef when ask for nasi goreng USA.

    7:44 – its called Buah Nona or Nona fruit or in english is sugar apple.

  19. Night market aka pasar malam is truly malaysia.. Really want to visit kk night market after watching those yummy seafood😋
    Nice video guys! 👍

  20. 7:49 .. Buah Nona.. that's very rare fruit to find sold at market. It has a very short eatable duration… You pluck it from the tree in the morning, you must eat before night .. so kind of hard to sell, you cant harvest it before its ready. I have the tree at the back of my home so have no problem enjoying it regularly.

  21. Great content. But calling these "malaysian food" is a bit misleading. Its KK/ Sabah food. Travelers coming to other parts of Malaysia wont be able to find half of these foods 😂😂. And thats not satay its just, ummm, grilled chicken wings (not in any way local too 😂). And the one you had is just chicken skewers in soy sauce. Far from satay (and not really local food too)

  22. You forgot to mention malay (varieties of signature dishes in each states), arabs, pakistani, western, and lately japanese and korean dishes that enrich malaysian dishes.. 😊

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