Well bee-ing is new section of Bee Healthy that covers lifestyle topics. Over here I plan to write up reviews on local healthy restaurants, share any health tips I pick up along the way and include my go-to places for ingredients in KL. Hope you find this section helpful. Happy reading! – Bee
One of my favourite places in the world is Borough Market in London. It’s a dream market (albeit super crowded on Saturdays) and there’s so many interesting nooks and crannies. From wonderful artisan cheese and bread, to organic fruits and vegetables, huge bowls of olives, baklava and Turkish Delights sold by the most delightful Turkish men, and cooked meals ranging from hot melted raclette cheese to vegan burgers… You can well imagine that it was my first stop when I went back for a visit last year. There’s just nothing like it for me.
We do have our “wet markets” here in KL but, as the name might suggest, it does tend to have a very unpleasant “wet” smell mainly from the meat and fish stalls. There are also night markets which also carry lots of fruits and vegetables, amidst all the other stuff, but to me they lack the same magic they did as when I was growing up as development in many areas have shoved lots of these night markets into smaller and smaller spaces. They used to be the centre of the area you lived that one night a week they were open. It’s just not the case anymore. I would definitely make a good market part of my weekly shopping trip because for sure it will be priced better than the supermarkets, maybe I should give my local night market another shot. The wet market is unlikely because it’s held in the mornings while I’m at work.
I found out about this Farmer’s Corners by a group called CETDEM a while back, but somehow I didn’t get around to visiting them. Last weekend I finally found some time, however my mom had just come back from Berjaya Hills with loads of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. I went anyway since I really wanted to check it out.
Taken from their website: CETDEM is an independent, non-profit, training, research, consultancy, referral, and development organization, committed to improving environmental quality through the appropriate use of technology and sustainable development. They offer training courses in Environment, Energy, Technology, Organic Farming, and Development to Business, Industry, Government, Citizen Groups, and the public. They have an Organic Farming Community Centre in Petaling Jaya, which is where the Farmer’s Corner was held. You can hit up Google to find out more if you’re curious!
Unfortunately, turns out that me showing up at 9.30am was already “late”, as much of the items on sale had already been bought. There was one broccoli head, needless to say that was taken by the person ahead of me. Well, now I know I need to be there early. They did have some greens, chilies and sweet potatoes but my mom already bought all that.
I did get some uncommon bananas though, I haven’t even seen them before this, known locally as pisang jarum, which translates to needle bananas. Can you see the pointy bottoms? Here in Malaysia we have a wide variety of bananas from pisang berangan (apparently that translates to chestnut bananas, medium in size) to pisang emas (these are delicious, small bananas. Translates to golden bananas). I remember only one type of banana being sold overseas, which are these larger ones with rather thick peels. Love the variety here. But you can imagine how I get stuck when there are recipes that call for “2 bananas”. Sorry, what size of bananas?? Back to the “needle bananas”, they’re really nice and sweet. That week was a-lot-of-bananas-at-home week.
The people at the Farmers Corner were very friendly, and they even showed me around their beautiful little organic corner where I saw little bittergourds growing on the vine as well as fiery birds eye chili or cili padi in the bush. The guy told me that the birds love to eat the bright red chilies – well how about that! He also showed me their compost bin, which didn’t smell at all, so I bought their little booklet for when I look into setting up our own compost corner someday. I then bought some seeds to add to our little vegetable patch back home.
Back at home, we decided to pluck our first eggplant that had grown quite big! Look at the size of it! Actually now that I am typing this I realised I didn’t get around to eating it because that whole week was super busy ugh. I hope someone else at home had cooked it up. I’m pretty sure it did happen, I can’t keep track because I didn’t eat dinner much at home that week. Oh dear.