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Friday, August 9, 2013

Brunei Darussalam: Day 2


Our second day in Brunei was spent walking around Gadong area, shopping for pasalubong and a short trip in Gadong food market. 

Gadong is busier and more crowded than Bandar. It also has more establishments and restaurants. We first dropped by The Mall Gadong for some shopping.


inside The Mall Gadong

The Mall isn't as modern as our malls here in Manila, but you can find almost anything here. 

My first purchase? Two oversized pants for B$ 35 (Php 1225)! 

But because there's no way I would post an OOTD, I'll post a link instead. I got one in black and another in pink. Medyo similar naman dyan yung itsura ng pants. Not bad eh? :)

I usually buy shirts as pasalubong to my family, and we found Brunei shirts at Utama Grand Mall, which is also located at The Mall. 




Two shirts are around B$ 16 (Php 560), which is already expensive for my standards. Anyway, we found another souvenir shop across The Mall, but I didn't bother buying anything at this point. However, I must emphasize that this particular store accepts US Dollars and even Philippine Peso. 



A few meters away from The Mall Gadong is the Gadong Public Market, where they have a food market in the afternoon. I'm not sure if the food market's a regular thing there, but my tita noticed that there are more food vendors than usual because of Ramadan. 

I have to admire the vendors, as it takes a lot of restraint to work around food during fasting. And as respect, we weren't allowed to eat what we bought. We had to wait until we get home. 






Apam Balik - Malaysian pancake with crushed peanuts, condensed milk, and raisins

I bought some Chicken Satay at B$ 1 (Php 35) for 4 sticks and a large Apam Balik or Malaysian Peanut Pancake for B$ 2 (Php 70).

My titas also bought some noodles, and of course, Nasi Katok

Nasi Katok

Nasi Katok is a Brunei staple dish. From the word Nasi (rice) and Katok (knock), this meal has a piece of chicken, rice and sambal. It was created way back when a food vendor was already sleepy to serve anything, but people would still knock on his door for food. Usual price for Nasi Katok is B$ 1 (Php 35), and you can find Nasi Katok at almost every corner in Brunei. 

We also dropped by the grocery that day, here are the goodies that I brought home with me:




It was a super tiring day for our group, but I was happy to experience food market in Brunei. We went back the next day to buy some egg tarts for dinner but it most stalls are already closed during the evening. 

B$ 1 = Php 35

16 comments:

  1. Wow nemen! Sana nagpost ka ng pix na suot mo yung pants. At ang dami mong pinamili ha. Rice din pala staple food nila noh.

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    1. Hahaha! Nako, wag na yung OOTD. hahaha! Yes, hindi nagkakalayo ang pagkain nila sa tin. :)

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  2. Their food market looks fun! Parang Mercato Centrale pero puro local food. :)

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    1. Yepyep! May Western food din naman pero konti lang. :)

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  3. ang sarap talaga mag food trip abroad! :)

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  4. i always enjoy food markets in asian countries.
    their mall is very similar to indonesia i think..

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    1. I'd love to see the food markets in other countries! :)

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  5. Looks like you shopped a lot I wanna go to brunei too not to shot but to see places :)

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  6. I was surprised with the nasi katok we had somewhere in Brunei. I thought the chili was like sambal paste, sweet and pleasant. I was shocked to be biting on really hot chili, that I sipped my softdrink each bite and I was sweating the entire time. :)

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    1. That must be really spicy! According to my aunt, it is usual sambal . Baka naubusan ng sambal yung binilhan nyo. hehe. :p

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  7. What a magnificent looking building! I've never been to the middle east, looks like a foodie haven! :)

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    1. Looks like the Middle East pero malapit lang sa tin. hehe. :P

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  8. I salute those vendors selling food during fasting - baka kung ako yung nagbebenta baka hindi ko talaga mapigilan!
    The food market looks interesting for food trip! Parang sarap bilhan lahat ng stall at tikman lahat ng local food.

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  9. We have that instant mee goreng brand in SG. It's good but a little spicy. =)

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