This Little Piggy Went To Market
April 22, 2011 § 19 Comments
In the past three decades, Singapore’s rapid pace of globalization and modernization has created new conveniences for the ordinary person—one of which is the supermarket. You can now shop for groceries in an air-conditioned environment, complete with ‘smart’ trolleys that can sense when you have arrived at the deli section and will send you promotional information and product offers via text messages directly to your cellphone. These trolleys are each also fitted with an LCD screen that will display meal suggestions and recipes for you to consider as you stroll through the pasta aisle. Such is the future of shopping!
In contrast are the ‘traditional’ outdoor markets, typically found within ‘suburban’ residential estates. Here, your senses are awakened by the vibrant colours of fresh fruits and vegetables, aroma of freshly baked buns and pastries, hollers of peddlers, and hustle and bustle of people.
Since our busy weekday schedules don’t often afford us the opportunity to shop at an outdoor market (you need to arrive early for the best produce!), I was happy to have a Good Friday morning to browse the Bukit Panjang market.
The Bukit Panjang market (more so than any others I have visited in Singapore) reminds me of the wet markets in Thailand. The narrow pedestrian paths flanked on either side by rows of stalls—with fruits, dried goods, clothes, toys, and just about everything else hanging from makeshift roof structures—make me feel as if I have been transported to Bangkok.
Today, however, I was on a mission to buy a pineapple for guess who—Miss Maple. As I searched through the maze of stalls, I got sidetracked by a mound of towels. Hmm, a thought I remembered came to mind. To see how we have put the towel (and pineapple) to good use, stay tuned for the full story in a future post!
As I inched my way ever so slowly into the depths of the market, my nose caught a whiff of one of my all-time favourite fruits—the majestic Jackfruit. The Jackfruit is one of the largest and heaviest fruits in the world, weighing in at a whopping 35 kg (77 lbs)!
The rising heat from the morning sun was tiring me a little and, by then, I was also feeling a tad parched. It’s a good thing I was nearing the end of the market where barrels of freshly-made, steaming hot soya beancurd and soya milk awaited me.
I quite like the ambience of the Bukit Panjang market, as there is an authentic sense of community that seems to shine through. I will definitely be returning to explore more of this amazing place and hopefully discover more great finds.