Pasar Besar Batu Pahat

Just a old photo taken out of storage. The Batu Pahat market.

Whenever we come here with mum, a few vendors will shout, “lao shi, yao mai chai ma?” (Teacher, any vegetables for you today?). Mum taught in Chinese High School long long ago, and some of the veg vendors were her former students.

BP market

This is a picture of the market with the iconic Clock Tower. Sadly it’s not working anymore. Even the clock hands have been taken down. This place really needs a super overhaul. But it has its charms I guess, to many who have been there since they were young.

Maybe Kevv would like to restore the clock tower too :-p

Anyone knows when this Pasar Besar was built?

13 thoughts on “Pasar Besar Batu Pahat

  1. Last week a fishmonger from this market (2nd generation vendor) came to buy a Honda motorcycle from us, ENG MOTOR. He said that the market was built in 1961.

  2. Oopss… i posted in the wrong section.. anyway.. the street where the lion dance (1969) was is Jalan Penggaram.. cheers!

  3. philip on

    Hi Aizam,

    Thanks. But I tend to post photos of non-halal food also, hope Muslim readers don’t mind.

  4. Well, my grandpa came to Batu Pahat in 1920’s. According to my grandma, he worked in the market since he was here. The market during that time was located at the present location. I think the market has been there since last century, but the building might have undergone several rounds of rebuilds and renovations. The present building, sorry, I have no idea about when it was built.

  5. Teo Weih on

    I ask my girlfriend’s grandmother about this particular block of building with the clock tower, it seems that her grandmother’s dad (great-grandfather) was contracted to build this and the original fountain at Dataran, what year she did not know, she said it was a long time ago. Maybe its time to look at the year inscribed somewhere, old buildings in Batu Pahat tend to have the year of contruction glued to the building.

  6. Something I remember about the pasar was not really inside the pasar but outside, closer to the main entrance. There was this Yew Char Kway (the thin long kueh always in a pair) man who indeed made the best ones. So simple but goes extremely well if dipped in Classic Batu Pahat Black Coffee the only type of coffee that suits Yew Char Kway. He was always very fast with that unique gadget he uses to make a slit in the dough and he would pull it to the exact length as all the rest before frying them to golden brown, wrapping it in clean white paper and tying it up for ever ready customers.

    Also along the road near the entrance, you can usually get a very fresh aroma of roasted coffee bean which is usually roasted ancient style in a barrel that rolls on top of the fire at the back alley. It’s always a welcoming smell of Yew Char Kway and Roasted Coffee after making your rounds inside the fish market. Wonder if they are still there.

  7. philip on

    Nice Yew Char Kway also at “Jiu Lai” or Kampung Merdeka. The aunty there makes loads of it and it sells very fast. I like to eat the ‘butterfly dough’ there.

    nowdays if you go back, you see younger versions of the vendors. you know they are their children because the face is from the old mould! LOL…

  8. Tigersden on

    All roasting coffee industry are now extinct in BP, hygiene problems. I dont see my parents or me getting any stomachache after drinking it. One wonders ….

    Yeah I agree that the Kampung Merdeka Yew Char Kway is nice. The Pasar Besar one still taste good though not as good as the one in Kampung Merdeka.

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  10. Yeo Kian Ing on

    This is my first post here.

    I lived a couple of hundred metres away from the Old Market. We call it just “Pasat” with a Chinese accent. My late father used to sell vegetables there for a few decades. The road between the “Pasat” and Jalan Pantai apparently was a small tributary of the Batu Pahat River. That was filled up to make the road. The tributary ran along this road and pass by the Buddhist temple at Jln. Fatimah. How far it went upstream I don’t know. For those who know, Jalan Pantai is known to the locals as “Char Kwo Tau” or literally meaning “Head of the Wooden Bridge.” That bridge crossed the tributary from the “Pasat” side to Jalan Pantai that is no more. Regarding the clock tower, I lived around there from 1959 and I never saw it work. Earlier on, the clock arms were there but not working. Then, due to neglect the arms disappeared.

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