My eyes twinkled. My lips curled.
My heart dance with merriment.
The colours of Siti Khadijah Market.
Named after Prophet Muhammad SAW's wife Siti Khadijah, a successful merchant known for her entrepreneur skill, fits this famous market perfectly as it is run mostly by women. Bragged for being one of the most photographed market in Malaysia and must visit place when one is in Kota Bahru, Kelantan, Siti Khadijah Market or Pasar Siti Khadijah used to be called Buluh Kubu Market which was later changed as a sign of utmost respect to the female traders there.
Traders, retailers, mothers and tourists all clutching their shopping bags and cameras bustling in this beautiful Siti Khadijah Market, the heartbeat for Kota Bahru every morning.
Authentic famous Kelantanese dishes are available for sampling, such as the delicious nasi kukus, the blue coloured nasi kerabu, the tasty nasi kukus, nasi tumpang, ayam percik, budu, laksam and solok lada. Distinctive to Kelantan, these food are sought after for local and international travelers as it is not readily available in the west coast.
Noted for being a sweet-tooth population, their assorted delicacies or kuih-muih like tahi itik, kuih kartun, puteri mandi, buah tanjung, sira pisang, lidah buaya, jala emas, serabe, butir nangka etc are famous for being super sweet and colourful.
For those ignorant of how a salted egg looks like, this is it, made from duck egg soaked in brine or salted charcoal.
Banana flowers or banana blossoms (edible).
Bird's eye chili.
Cendol Kelantan contains white and green cendol, red sago and buah kabong mix with ice and caramel syrup.
Not just food, shoes, toys, bags, cloths and clothes are also sold here. Nothing was spared, I even bought a few for Idul Fitr.
Siti Khadijah Market
Address : Jalan Pintu Pong, Kota Bharu, Kelantan
Working days : Sunday - Thursday (weekday), Friday - Saturday (weekend)
Opening hours : 6:00am - 7:00pm (close for 15mins during prayer time)
How to get there : 30mins from Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (RM40 per way)
Entrance Fee : FREE