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The Sibu covered market (day) – Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia

By on March 14, 2015 in Malaysia

The covered market is particularly good, and sadly this time I got to it a little last and most of the stalls were closed or closing.

One problem I have in the markets is I don’t recognise a lot of the things on sale… For example, what are these?

Sibu covered market - a mystery

I have no idea what these are, or why they are arranged like this!

I hate to say it, but they look like highly organised horse droppings but clearly, they are not as they were on sale in a fruit and vegetable area.

And what is this?

Sibu covered market

Again, I do not know what this is!

The market is also a great place for people watching…

Sibu covered market

A local farmer

Sibu covered market

Local farmer selling fruits and vegetables

I love how things are neatly and carefully organised.

Sibu covered market

I just love how everything is neatly displayed

Sibu covered market

Now, these are a worry. I have no idea what they are, and they were alive and wriggling…

Red Palm Weevil, or the Sago Worm Rhynchophorus ferrugineus

Red Palm Weevil, or the Sago Worm (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus)

Having spoken to some Malaysian friends and it turns out that they are the larval stage of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, also called the Red Palm Weevil, or the Sago Worm (see wikipedia for more details). The worms can be eaten raw (don’t put the whole worm in your mouth as it will bite you – only fair really if you are trying to eat it – you need to hold the head of the worm and bite off the body) and the worm will ‘squirt’ into your mouth (reportedly it has a creamy taste), or it can be eaten cooked, in which case it will tastes like meat (chicken or bacon, opinion seems to be divided on this point). The worms are considered a delicacy and are typically seen on sale in eastern Malaysia and not on the Malaysian peninsula.

Now, a still photo doesn’t really do them justice….

More neat stacking…

Sibu covered market

The market doesn’t just sell fruit and vegetables, it also sells meat and fish…

Sibu covered market

Yep, live chickens on a motor bike…

Sibu covered market

Egg trays ready for future use…

Sibu covered market

One thing you have to admire is at the end of the day they wash everything down, sweep the floors and then cover the stalls in and tie them up.

Sibu covered market

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