Miri Open Air Market

Just mention ‘Open Air Market’ and almost every Mirian knew the place.

Miri ‘Open Air Market’ consists of two buildings; 1 big and 1 small (located next to each other, separated by the main road located in between the two buildings). The ‘Open Air Market’ referred here is actually an eating place cum tamu cum pork shop cum groceries shop that sells gambir Sarawak (a famous local Viagra version), cheap cigarettes, cheap alcohol in an open air concept.  It is located in the centre of the city just next to Yu Lan Plaza building.

During the day time, one get to see the open air market are bustle busy seeing the locals buying their daily vegetables, poultry products and morning snacks for breakfast. Then business would tone down as it toward late noon. During the night time, the open air market comes alive again only to feed the ‘hungry food hunters’ and ‘thirsty drinkers’. This is one of the place where one can get to see party goers came for their supper.

It has been long time since my last visit to the open air market. I think it has been more than a decade now. On one fine evening, I decided to check out the long missed ambience and indulged myself with the food.

Nothing much has changed. Stall operator are still the same. The chair and table are still the same. The floor tiles are still the same. Only the patrons changed over time. I have to warn you the place may not suit you if hygiene is your main concern. One will get to see big rats running underneath your table, chair or from the fire stoves. I guess that’s the reason why the foods there are quite tasty (Im imagining rats are actually the real chef behind the cooking just like in Ratatouille) . ;p

For me, it is not so much of the food made me coming back here to dine but it’s the people. Here, one can never get such friendly customer services from the stall operators. You also get to see diversity of ethnic races dining together peacefully. What I really miss is the memories of dining here with family and friends.

How about you? Have you been here before?

One of these days, do give it a try but be warning the place is not for hygiene freak. You may close ‘one eye’ if you see rats passing by while you’re eating. 😉


  1. Philip

    5 January, 2011 at 4:36 am

    I’m from the UK but visit Miri where my wife has family. I always enjoy eating here for the reasons you give. I like the informality. It would be closed down in the UK, though.

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      5 January, 2011 at 5:39 am

      hello Philip, thanks for dropping by. 🙂

      i agreed with you on the informality, i think that’s the main reason why the place still exist till today despite the fact that they have to compete with air-cond eating places in Miri.

      although Miri is a city, the people are not at the same par as ‘city people’ yet. i would put the blame on the city council for failing executing their role in terminating the rats, what more to say effort on public awareness. perhaps the objective is still holding on doing business the conventional way and having rats around is ‘OK’ as long as the place still receive customer and they’re making profit.

  2. NightWatch

    5 January, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Do u NOT notice that from 1600hours to 0400hours, u get to see the security personal and dog team there? Wink-wink!

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      6 January, 2011 at 5:50 am

      yes i saw your personnel on duty that night and i think due to the security services provided, social crimes at the place has tremendously lesser as compared to those years where there weren’t any security personnel around. for that, i thank you you for contributing your role to keep the city peacefully albeit being ’employed’ by the city council. 🙂

      1. NightWatch

        6 January, 2011 at 10:47 am

        Heeheeee … well, thank you … credit goes to those who assigned the guarding duty there!

        1. ladybirdmollyz

          6 January, 2011 at 10:53 am

          being assign to guard and being the master mind of the guarding MO works well so i think all of those who are involved had executed it well.

          *tumbs up* 😉

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