With wet markets being a culturally immense place for people to socialize, this is also a place where diverse races and ethnicity is also present. So when you visit wet markets in Singapore, you will be given different options and different culturally immersed food. 

One of the known wet markets in Singapore is located at Geylang Serai. This marketplace has been a gathering place for the local Malay community since it opened its doors in 1964. It has a varied assortment of both Malay and Indian-Muslim delicacies. In addition, The Geylang Serai wet market is the only market in Singapore that entirely offers Halal. There is no pork available for purchase anywhere in this area. Instead, you will discover that the buyers are spoiled for choice when it comes to freshly produced goods with a Malay touch. There are bananas of every shape and size, coconuts, palm sugar, tempeh, and kampong chicken, just to name a few of the other products.

So why does this market only offers halal food? First of all, when we talk about “halal,” this means “lawful” for a Muslim; contradictive to this is “haram,” which means “unlawful.” Those who practice Islam abstain from eating the flesh of any animals or birds that feed on the flesh of other species. They do not consume the meat of animals that, following the laws of Islam, have not been blessed or slain correctly. Pig of any type, including bacon, ham, whiskey, fat, and other goods made with pork, is forbidden to Muslims. It is banned to consume anything that contains fat or a pork by-product.

And in Singapore, the population of citizens and permanent residents that are Muslim is 14 percent, with Buddhists as the most religious citizens in the country. Because of this, having a wet market that provides and caters to their needs, especially food, is a good thing. 

And for you who want to experience different kinds of halal food, visiting Geylang Serai wet market will give you the most variety you need. 

Geylang Serai Wet Market is located at 1 Geylang Serai, Singapore 402001, which opens daily from 6:30 am to 12:00. If you are a morning person, going here firstly in the morning will get you on the first line for the freshest produce. However, the food center opens daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm if you just want to enjoy eating halal foods. 

This market is where many Malay people in Singapore obtain the ingredients they need to cook their traditional food. In addition, it offers a wide variety of Malay spices in addition to various types of Middle Eastern spices.

The most excellent Malay cuisine can be found at Geylang Serai Market, another reason why this place is so incredible. Visit the second level to access the hundreds of businesses primarily concentrating on Malay and Indian food. In addition, it sells fresh products, which might be anything from veggies to fruits to eggs. Along with noodles, a well-liked kind of dish in this part of the world, fresh meat and live fish may also be purchased here.


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