Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Pontian Wholesale Fish Market - Second Post

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Recently, I have been receiving enquiries from readers who are interested to visit Pontian Wholesale Fish market. So, I decided to make a trip to Pontian as I have not visited the wholesale fish market for some time.

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We wanted to make sure we catch all the action at the market, so we arrived 9-ish at the Pontian fish market. We parked our car and joined the locals at popular Kheng Guan Hiong kopitiam. We had two very fragrant, old style Pontian coffee, charcoal grilled kaya and butter toast, two soft boiled eggs and a pack of tissues for a grand total of RM5.00. 

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10:30am. The wholesalers standing by at their weighing scales, waiting for the lorry loads of fish to roll in.

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Moments later, the lorry loads of fish appeared and everyone sprung into action, including us, foodies and hungry photographers :P

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Well, over here the fish is brought to the wholesale market in all kinds of vehicles. Lorries, in the boot of saloon cars, and even on bicycles. In Pontian, the small fishing boats download their catch at the river just a couple of kilometres from the wholesale market. (The fish loading area will be on my next Pontian trip itinerary :P )

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Every day's catch is different.

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Today's "Catch of the Day" is a large stingray.

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Even in the big gaggle of people and fish, it is easy to tell the fishermen, fishmongers and the wholesalers apart :) This stylish gentleman is a __________________ (fill in the blank).

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Deals are still made the old way - through whispers.

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Money is also still tallied up the age old way with a trusty stainless steel lined abacus - "iron abacus 铁算盘" they say is good fengsui for businessmen, of course.

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Not sure what these fish are.

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This eel is quite common but I don't know what is it's name.

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More interesting fish.....

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The small bundles destined for wet markets or restaurants. Some JB restaurant owners source for seafood directly at the wholesale market.

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The prized Pontian wild sea prawns. The best prawn mee stalls use these for stock.

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Pontian Wholesale Fish Market
Address: Off Jalan Pontian in the direction of Kukup
GPS: 1.475556,103.392387
Hours: 10:00am plus to around 1:00pm plus

Date visited: 12 Apr 2012, 16 Sep 2013

9 comments:

  1. last pic, the guy on the right says "Moi, come down at once!"

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  2. The 1st pic that shows those funny looking fish without any scales or fins are what the Teochews name them as "Tai Hur". They are normally boiled with tang hoon as a soup dish. Extremely soft flesh and very fine bones. It takes practice in the proper way of eating them.

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    1. Thanks Mike for the interesting info. Appreciate it.

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  3. u r unlikely to buy any fish there if u dont buy a lot ..they sell to their regular only

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    1. Yeah, more for an interesting visit than shopping.

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  4. we bid our seafood here weekly.

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  5. That fish has many soft bones which the Teochew love. My favourite fish soup with minced meat.

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  6. I think it's best that you refrain highlighting our Pontian Pasar to outsiders. Ever since Mediacorpse Channel 8 did a Malaysian town tour/makan show, our laidback pasar is now like a circus at times and worse still, all these outsiders have caused the prices to skyrocket.

    Without unnecessary attention, we are happy to let the tourists just bypass our beloved pasar and go straight on to Kukup where they can have all the seafood to their hearts' content.

    Thank you.

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