A trip to Ayer Itam, Penang to eat Penang Assam Laksa at Ayer Itam Wet Market at Jalan Pasar, was nostalgic since it was many years since i have not eaten the assam laksa in this location. The old memories of sitting behind the Ayer Itam / Air Itam wet market slurping the noodles and assam broth while getting used to the smell of clogged up drains beside us was something i remembered till this very day and this remained very much the same despite the price increase (now RM$5 ) and my opinion that there is lesser mackerel fish and the assam laksa broth somewhat less thick but spicier.
|Ayer Itam Assam Laksa|
Since i am in on the theme of food nostalgia, what strike me even more as nostalgic was the sighting of a bread seller on wheels. He parked beside the Ayer Itam wet market and was in the process of cutting a sandwich bun and spreading it with kaya (coconut jam) when i went over and took pictures of him doing his trade. The young bread seller when asked told me he took over this business for 1 year already.
|Bread Seller on Wheels|
|Cutting a bread into slices and spreading it with kaya|
|All done !|
A vanished trade in Singapore
In Singapore, with development of centralised hawker centres, many illegal hawkers disappeared. Below are some of pictures i can find of bread sellers in Singapore. If you have some old pictures of this vanished trade in Singapore, do share with me.
|Breadseller on wheels- Tanjong Pagar 1989|
source: National Archives