Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Kreta Ayer Wet Market-Part 1

This is the basement of Kreta Ayer. It is known as Kreta Ayer Wet Market. Why wet market? The floors and surroundings are often routinely sprayed and washed with water—to the extent of flooding it at frequent intervals—which gave it the name "wet market". (For more information on wet market, you can view it from here.

Look at the newly renovated market, it is spacious and very clean. It is so spacious and suitable for those in wheelchairs to move about. Bravo because the population is aging and we need more places to be user friendly to those in wheelchairs.

Pork Stalls

Fruits Stalls

Vegetables Stalls
The floorings of the above stalls are cleaner and drier. My next post will show the seafood stalls that have wet floorings...lol

13 comments:

the donG said...

nice and clean wet market.

J.C. said...

I grew up staying next to a wet market. Whenever mom needs ingredients for her cooking, we would just go next door to get it from her.

I love waking up to the sound, smell and scene of the market. On days before Chinese New Year, the market is usually very crowded and there'd be lotsa festive goodies on sale. Thus, the festive spirit was very merry!

The market has been moved to another part of town as it was deemed not a beautiful sight. Miss it and I still enjoy visiting wet markets whenever I travel overseas.

Thanks for bringing those memories of my childhood days through your photos of this market.

Lara said...

another interesting trip to this market!

edward said...

this is seriously the cleanest marketplace! they wouldn't need me to catch any mice.

d. chedwick said...

I'm a big fan of this type of market--they allow you to smile at and chat about food with many vendors.

Lawstude said...

wow. that has gotta be one of the driest wet market i have ever seen. great job again alice.

alicesg said...

Hahaha..thanks for all the nice comments, but you have to view tomorrow photos for the wet part of the market...lol.

zakscloset said...

wow! i never imagined that the wet market would be literally wet!!!! that's interesting. and i love that in singapore, things are built so that they are user-friendly. very clever idea!!

Kitem said...

Wow, it must be the cleanest wet market of the world. I know that Singapore governement is taking great care of its people, congratulation to them to think ahead and see the future needs of the ageing population.

Jim said...

is this like an indoor farmers market? I would like to stroll around down there and pick up some goodies.

alicesg said...

Jim, no this is not the same as farmers market. We get most of the produces from farmers from Malaysia. Chicken and Duck will go straight to the main slaughter house and after the slaughters the chicken and duck will be delivered to this wet market to be sold. Of course there is a middle man who bought the chicken and ducks from malaysia farmers and sold to the vendors in the wet market. Only slaughtered chicken and duck could be sold in the wet market for hygiene purposes.

Vegetables from Malaysia and other countries are send to the wholesale market(middleman) which then resold to these vendors in the wet market to be sold to customers.

Our big supermarkets dont go through middleman (that is from the wholesale market), they buy direct from farmers in Malaysia and other parts of countries.

Hope my explanation is clear and informative.

Yoon Sui Yin said...

Dear Alice, I love wet markets, although this is not quite farmers markets that I'd prefer. Anyhow - do you know of any other wet markets in Singapore other than the Chinatown one?

Thanks!

alicesg said...

Hi Sui Yin,
There are many wet markets in Singapore. They are located in the Heartlands. You can find them in Bedok, Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, etc, in almost every estate. The famous ones beside chinatown must be Tekka market in Little India and Geylang Serai but note that Geylang Serai Market is a muslim market so it does not sell pork.