If you want an authentic taste of Bruneian street food, look no further.
The new Gadong night market (pasar malam in Malay) has the best of Brunei on offer – 156 vendors under one roof selling hawker food, fresh produce, handicrafts and knick knacks.
Local dishes like satay (barbecued meat skewers), kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles), and nasi lemak (coconut rice with chicken and chilli paste) are sold in multiple variations and are never in short supply.
The market floor is awash with the colour and fragrance of seasonal fruit native to Southeast Asia, such as rambutan, mangosteens, papaya, and the crowd favourite – durians.
On February 2, a new permanent open-air facility opened near the site of the old, tented market, with modern upgrades to improve ventilation, sanitation and access to electricity.
Unlike the old market, which was strictly a take-away affair, the new facility has a few picnic tables for customers to enjoy their food while it’s still hot. (Although, it could do with a few more.)
You can always count on the night market to be buzzing with energy and local colour. The pasar malam brings together what Bruneians love most – food and a sense of community.
The Gadong night market is open daily from 5pm to 10pm.