GONG XI FA CAI, my dear friends! Chinese New Year is getting closer day by day and aren’t we all feeling the vibes yet? I’m pretty sure most Chinese households are busy prepping for the festive season, but do you know what’s happening at town now?
You may have guessed it right! In conjunction with the CNY celebration, Miri Gong Xi Bazaar 2020 is currently happening at Miri Times Square and also including some parts of Jalan High Street (past years’ bazaar location).
The event will be going on from 16th January 2020 until 23rd January 2020 (8 days) from 6pm to 11pm. The suggested time to visit the place would be 7pm onwards as the crowd starts coming in and most food vendors will be open by then.
The decorations at Miri Times Square was just astonishingly beautiful! With all those red lanterns hanging around and vibrant flowers everywhere. The colour RED just screams Good Fortune, Good Luck and Joy, all we could ever wish for during CNY. Don’t forget to take those instagrammable photos!
There were countless food vendors at the bazaar selling all types of food such as Chicken Popcorn, Curry Fish Balls, Chicken Soup with Mee Sua, Korean Fried Chicken Wings, Pies, Bakkwa, Mutton Soup and the list goes on. There are several stalls that have games and also selling non-food items.
The first food stall we visited was Taste of Culture, located outside of Marina Maybank, which sells Mochi and also the famous Dragon’s Beard Candy! This young lad was preparing the Mochi on the spot. The texture of the food was indeed delicate and chewy, being coated with those crunchy peanuts!
Mochi RM 5 per set
The action of making the Dragon’s Beard Candy was thrilling to watch! So much complexity to produce such pleasant candy. There were 7 flavours to pick from including Peanut, Black Sesame, Sunflower Seed, Walnut, Almond, Cashew and Mixed. We tried their Peanut flavour, and it wasn’t too crumbly or overwhelming sweet which was great!
Dragon’s Beard Candy Peanut Flavour RM 6
Right next to the Mochi and Dragon’s Beard Candy Stall, there was a vendor selling Bamboo Charcoal BBQ Ice-Cream! I find that rather interesting and had to try it. The young boy lightly torched the ‘bun’ filled with chocolate ice cream. It was satisfying to try out this new thing!
Bamboo Charcoal BBQ Ice-Cream RM4 per piece
This stall named “My Wife’s BBQ Recipe” was one of the stalls that was well received by Miri folks last night. Their menu includes BBQ Squid Stick, Three Layers Pork Stick, Smoke Duck Stick, BBQ Green Mussel and BBQ Scallop. People were lining up either for the Pearl Stick Sausage or the Lamb Stick! You’ve gotta try this while you’re there.
Pearl Stick Sausage RM 10
Lamb Stick RM 10
Nearby the main entrance of Times Square, Guchen Kitchen which was occupying almost 2 tents serving up a small menu of items including a huge pot of Meatballs in Broth, Grilled Sausages and also Oyster Omelette. We ordered ourselves up some of their Oyster Omelette because it looked really mouth-watering.
The food was full of flavours from the freshly prepared eggs, spring onions, seasonings along with generous amount of oysters! Perhaps one of the best few foods we bought from the bazaar.
Oyster Omelette RM 12
There was also a stall selling Mozzarella Cheese Corndog which was surprisingly delicious! It was garnished with 2 sauces, cheese and mayonnaise. We gotten their Corndog with cereals and it was really oozying out cheese while pippin hot!!
Cheese Corndog (coated with Cereals) RM 5
This little stall sells Fried Radish Cake and is cooked to order so you are able to endeavour it right from the pan! The taugeh was crunchy and goes well with the fried chunks of radish cake and also bits of preserved radish! They also provide a packet of chili which really puts the whole dish together.
Fried Radish Cake RM 5
The first stall when entering the bazaar would be this stall selling Thai Honey BBQ Pork Stick. We gotten ourselves one stick to try and it was superb tasting. No joke! The pork was indeed juicy, tasty and oh gosh, grilled to perfection! One of the MUST-TRYs! They also sell a variety of Sausages with different flavours such as Chili, Garlic and also Thai Herbs Tom Yam. It may take around 15-20 minutes for your order to be grilled up, but it’s worth the wait!
Thai Honey BBQ Pork Stick RM 5
Infront of Life Café, we tried a stall owner’s FooChow Fishballs filled with Meat and it was pretty delightful to the taste buds. 5 pieces of bouncy Fishballs served with their flavoursome broth was very soothing as it warmth my heart. I can’t put my hands on how to describe the soup, you just have to buy one bowl and try it for yourself! Perfect for rainy days.
FooChow Fishball with Meat Filling RM 8
Event Name: Gong Xi Bazaar 2020 Miri
Address: Miri Times Square, Jalan Bendahara, 98000 Miri, Sarawak.
Bazaar Period & Opening Hours: 16th – 23rd January 2020 (Starts off at 6pm to 11pm)
Suggested to go after 7pm, most food vendors open by then.
Waze/ Google Maps: Search for “Miri Times Square”
That’s about it on what we tried last night at the bazaar! Are you drooling already just by seeing those food photos? This weekend would be a great time for you and your family to head on down this auspicious Miri night bazaar. Don’t miss the chance as it only happens once a year!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year! Huat ah! Don’t forget to spread the love for this food article by sharing and clicking the like button. Take care and love you lots! <3