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Mercado Satok
Mercado Satok

Mercado Satok

O Satok Weekend Market, muitas vezes chamado simplesmente de Satok Market, é o maior e mais animado mercado de Kuching. A partir do meio-dia de sábado, os vendedores da zona rural circundante montaram barracas de produtos, artesanato, orquídeas e peixes vivos.

Mas a fama do mercado vem de suas frutas frescas. Freqüentemente, o mercado é sentido antes de ser visto - o cheiro doce e pungente da fruta durian se misturando com outros aromas tropicais. Frutas obscuras, como jaca pontiaguda, langsats e maçãs aquáticas, ao lado das conhecidas bananas. Ao contrário da maioria das seções de produtos ocidentais, os compradores no mercado Satok se deparam com quase uma dúzia de variedades da fruta.

Embora seja perfeitamente possível e agradável visitar o mercado de forma independente, ele também está incluído como parte do itinerário em muitas aulas de culinária de Kuching, permitindo que os viajantes visitem o mercado com um guia experiente e preparem pratos típicos locais usando ingredientes frescos do mercado.

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Aberto aos sábados e domingos
Jalan Satok, Kuching, Sarawak

The basics

The forest vendors’ weird and wonderful produce, including fruits only found on Borneo and home-grown spices and herbs, are a highlight of any visit to Satok Market. But there’s also a wet market, a dry market, and a food court, serving up Malay favorites and Sarawak specialties.

The Malaysian government relocated Satok Market from its downtown location on Jalan Satok to its new site north of the river in 2013. Don’t panic if you see the market listed as closed online: it just means it has moved.

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Things to know before you go

  • As always, ask permission before taking photos of vendors at work.
  • Wild-harvesting orchids is illegal in Malaysia and further endangers the species. Don’t support the trade by buying plants.
  • Don’t worry if you smell drains. It’s almost certainly durian, the spiky fruit so smelly that many Southeast Asian hotels ban it.
  • Satok Market is manageable with a single stroller, although some children may find the odors in the wet market hard going.
  • High kerbs and narrow aisles make Satok Market a challenging choice for wheelchair users.
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How to get there

Medan Niaga Satok sits in the Kubah Ria district, about 4 miles (6 kilometers) east of downtown Kuching. The free H2 hydrogen bus runs on a loop that includes Kuching Waterfront; get off at Kubah Ria.

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When to get there

Satok Market operates throughout the week but is at its best on weekends, when vendors from more remote areas come into the big city to sell their wares. Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings are liveliest.

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Where to Go Shopping in Kuching

Kuching offers a wealth of quirky shopping opportunities. Head to the Cat Museum for all forms of feline memorabilia or visit Fabriko for unusual local designs based on traditional fabrics. The bazaar on Kuching Waterfront sells souvenirs including woven baskets, with the Museum Shop & Café at the Main Bazaar selling excellent textiles and locally made beauty products.

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