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.
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.
10:30am. The wholesalers standing by at their weighing scales, waiting for the lorry loads of fish to roll in.
Moments later, the lorry loads of fish appeared and everyone sprung into action, including us, foodies and hungry photographers :P
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 )
Every day's catch is different.
Today's "Catch of the Day" is a large stingray.
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).
Deals are still made the old way - through whispers.
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.
Not sure what these fish are.
This eel is quite common but I don't know what is it's name.
More interesting fish.....
The small bundles destined for wet markets or restaurants. Some JB restaurant owners source for seafood directly at the wholesale market.
The prized Pontian wild sea prawns. The best prawn mee stalls use these for stock.
Pontian Wholesale Fish Market
Address: Off Jalan Pontian in the direction of Kukup
Hours: 10:00am plus to around 1:00pm plus
Date visited: 12 Apr 2012, 16 Sep 2013