Gadong Fish Market
When i first got here, i didn’t know whereabouts are the wet markets to get fresh fish, meat and vegetables. Luckily, some friends brought me along with them to the Gadong Fish Market. That’s where i patronise regularly now, especially for the fresh fish and vegetables. It is located behind The Mall. Never expect a wet market to be just right behind such developed district/mall. Not too sure what time they start operations in the morning. But i understand that the fresh fish arrives only in the afternoon. We last went around 2 PM in the afternoon. And the stalls were filled with fresh supplies of fish. There’s always a wide variety of choices here; pomfret, threadfin, mackerel, tenggiri, stingrays, prawns and even sharks. I spotted a baby whaleshark at one of the stalls too.
The market is big with rows after row of stalls selling fish. Place is clean considering it’s a wet market. Vendors there are generally friendly. You don’t actually need to know how to speak Malay to get the fish you want 🙂
I’ve read about avoiding consumption of large predatory fish such as shark, swordfish or king mackerel, due to it’s high traces of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system. It’s said that women who are pregnant, nursing and young children should not consume more than a certain amount per week. However, some would question ‘if the nutritional benefits of fish, including their rich omega-3 fatty acid content, outweigh the risk of mercury exposure?’ So to date, it’s still debatable. It’s up to you to do your own research. I personally would prefer not to eat bigger fish like sharks. Firstly, i don’t know how to cook it. Secondly, if i can get the same amount of omega-3 fatty acid content from the ‘low mercury’ list of fish, why choose the other. Here are some sites that i’ve visited: EPA and FDA Advice | Checklist | Alternative view
If it’s not for my friends, i wouldn’t know there are more stalls selling vegetables at level 2 or most call it first floor here. There are no signage or directional signs leading to the stalls at level 2. I guess with that, their business could be better. It’s pretty quiet up there. But the place is dry and bright. Most of the stalls sell vegetables, very few selling just fruits. Noticed there are a few shops by the side selling spices. Vegetables here are fresh and a little cheaper than what we get at the supermarkets. Plus, i don’t cook for a big family, so the stalls here allow me to buy in smaller portion, eg. one fresh big piece of ginger as supposed to a 500 gm pack at the supermarket. So i’m am so grateful for this 🙂
All in all, it’s a pleasant experience doing marketing at Gadong Fish Market.
See Gadong Fish Market location on Google map.