The Siti Khadijah Market
One of the last few places we visited in Kelantan was the Pasar Siti Khadijah Market. We always say that the food selections available in the market always reflect the destination’s culture and way of living. True enough, after visiting Pasar Siti Khadijah Market, I can attest that the food and culinary offerings of this place clearly tells us that the culture and traditions of Kelantan are very much colorful and interesting.
The Pasar Siti Khadijah Market is one of the most popular places in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, representing this culture by its services. Named after the wife of the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H), Khadijah, this place is mainly run and operated by women. It was named after her because Khadijah was a pure entrepreneurial woman in her time.
Pasar Siti Khadijah market is so beautiful that it is considered the most photographed destination of Malaysia. The running of businesses and shops by women make this place very unique. Apart from this fact, the three-story building houses a colorful vegetable market and hundreds of stalls, giving the local residents and tourists more reasons to visit this place. Basically, Khadijah Market is well-known for its fresh fruit and vegetable supply, but this does not mean that only such items are sold here.
Apart from fruits and vegetables, the Khadijah market also sells fresh ingredients like the fishes, meat, spices, sweets, silver and bronze items, and many types of household goods. Some freshly-made food is also available, which is highly admired by the consumers due to the uniqueness in taste and servings.
From among these ready-made dishes, soupy noodles are very much popular as the taste and flavor vary. Desserts of the Khadijah Market are not to be neglected. The Kuih Muih, tempeh, and hot milk tea are very popular and widely consumed desserts of Kelantan.
The variety of fish available at Khadijah Market includes round herring, long-tail shad, tunny fish, pomfret, Indian Mackerel, and many others. Similarly, there are freshwater fish as well, like catfish and eel. Apart from fish, fresh beef, meat, and eggs are also available. Fresh vegetables like cabbage, chili, cauliflower, and others are very common. There are local and foreign fruits like bananas, grapes, oranges, mangoes, watermelon, and many more.
In the ready-made desserts, the sweetness is usually high (as per the demand of local residents), so any travelers willing for low sugar have to tell the seller first. Another reason for the popularity of the Khadijah market is the central location because tourists can visit other places of attraction with ease.
This wonderful market in Kelantan usually starts its business early in the morning and gets closed early at night. Usually, the timings of the market are recorded as 8am-6pm and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are the busiest days. However, due to the construction of hypermarkets, the Khadijah market has lost its traffic.
*This trip was sponsored by ZestAir and Tourism Malaysia!