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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Fabulous Food 1Malaysia : Street Food Fair 2012, Central Market

We went to Central Market for the launching ceremony of Fabulous Food 1Malaysia : Street Food Fair 2012. More information can be found on its Facebook page. I came there for the performances, Dani just loved the food, and Alisha was just tagging along. Due to lack of parking space and traffic jam, we took an LRT (Light-rail Transit) public transportation to reach it.

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This event was held from 14th to 16th of December 2012, from 11AM to 10PM. The location is very strategic because it has nearby amenities such as public transportation, fast food restaurants, and banks. Other than that, Central Market itself is one of the main tourist attractions of Malaysia which holds cultural and historical values.

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Not just Malaysians were here. There were many foreigners, excited to try out our local food, moving from one stall to another, bringing back to their tables different kinds of things to eat.

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Yong tau foo.
I was happy enough to finally be able to buy the street food that I always wanted. I'm living in an area surrounded with shopping malls and expensive restaurants, where it's rare to see any stalls or even a night market. So I really missed them.

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Pulut (glutinous rice) and durian.
I just couldn't help to get myself some of my favorite street food other than just taking pictures. I would like to get all of them; laksa, rojak, otak-otak, tau foo fa, putu buluh, and sate, but my stomach might not be able to take it. So, I bought some yong tau foo with longan drink, and mini burger.

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Pulut (glutinous rice) ayam (chicken).
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Otak-otak.
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Yong tau foo preparation.
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Passion fruit, longan, and roselle drinks.
We spent around RM7.50 for everything that we bought. We would have spent much more than that to get the same stuff inside a shopping mall. But then of course we all know that street food can also be quite unhealthy, so we must eat it moderately.

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Welcoming dance.
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Drums for the Lion Dance performance.
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The two dragons.
The launching ceremony started at 4PM. Alisha was terrified with the dragon during Lion Dance performance since it came too close to her.

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But then she was given a coin.

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And she fell asleep on her father's lap later.

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The VIPs.
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I went in front afterward just to snap some pictures of the performances on the stage. There were other photographers too.

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There were actually A LOT of photographers. I was lucky enough to get a spot even though the view from there wasn't so great.

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But I managed to see the backstage from there. I saw a group of dancers, probably, heading towards the back, wearing traditional clothes.

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Some people were just sitting there, waiting for the next performance to start.

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However, I didn't stay for very long. It was getting late for us and we had to go home. 

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Balancing bowl on a stick.
Even though the ceremony took really long, by overall the event was a success. It managed to introduce all kinds of Malaysian street food to tourists, and attract a lot of visitors. I had so much fun, and I hope there will be another event like this in future.

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