The night market at Sungai Dua is a great reflection of Malaysia culture, with both Malay and Chinese stalls are setup within the same place. Located at opposite of Tesco Extra Sungai Dua stretching till the inner residential area, this night market offers a range of food, clothes and even raw ingredients for cooking. It might appear to be more a market cater for the locals or students staying nearby but tourists visiting here will be rewarded with awesome local traditional snacks. A minimum number of stalls start selling as early as 4pm in the evening, and the entire market comes into full operation starting 6pm.
The snacks in Sungai Dua night market are a melange of Malay, Chinese, and Indian traditions, with little influence of Thai and Western. Malay stalls are dominant over here, thus expect to be pampered with coconut milk rice (nasi lemak), fried chickens, meat skewers (satay), laksa, burgers and etc.
Of all the mouthwatering dishes, kebab was one of the eye-catching food. Origin from the Middle East, the kebab here had undergone localization. Grilled meat are stuffed within flatbread altogether with salad and a mixture of sauces to deliver a punch of flavor. Considering the portion of kebab served here, probably it acts as a starter meal for the night only.
Night market invariably always a perfect destination to sample a few of the traditional dishes, saving all the hassles having to hope to different destination to try them. For instances, Malay rice dumpling (ketupat), string hoppers (putu mayam - pressed noodle made from rice flour), Nasi Dagang (rice steamed in coconut milk with fish curry), and fish fritters (keropok lekor) are sold here.
Even modernized styled food are sighted here. Grab a slice of pizza or make up a bowl of Yong Tau Foo for dinner.
If you are a cooking person, drop by the night market at Sungai Dua to procure some fresh seafood, vegetables or fruits for your culinary session.
The Chinese stalls in Sungai Dua night market is relatively inferior in size and generally selling clothes, shoes, accessories and etc. Food stalls are noticeable too, though Farlim and Jalan Van Praagh night market on Wednesday and Friday respectively offer a wider variety of it.
Location map refers here
Operation hour: 6pm - 10:30pm every Saturday
Transportation: Take Rapid Penang 301, 303, 304, 308
Recommendation time to spend here: 1 - 1.5 hours
Pros: Mixture of Chinese and Malay stalls
Cons: Lacking of proper place to sit down for a meal
*This article is published in Penang Food & Travel magazine.