Suddenly my scanner decided to operate so managed to scan some before it decided to fail me again
Pasar Bisk…… in malay or Whisper(ing) Market in English, are two fish markets on the banks of the Muda river on the border of Penang and Kedah. The one in Penang is reachable by public transport, as I saw a Rapid Penang bus plying the route, #603 if I am not mistaken, while the one in Kedah you do require your own transport as it is just a small fishing village.
1. The fishermen arrives on the riverbanks, either one of them or a friend on shore will bring the catch to the “market” and lay the catch on the floor.
2. The bidding starts with interested parties whispering the offered price to the fisherman/friend. Nobody actually knows what the others is bidding.
3. The fisherman decides who wins and transaction is done…… if he is not happy he may take the catch back to the boat and go to the other side of the river….. and if their collection is not enough, they may go back to sea.
As you can see, the catch sold is by the basket, if you feel it is too much, you may approach the fishermen directly with a plastic bag. I bought a bag full which cost me RM8.00 or about USD2.60, and got about 5-6 kilogram of mackerel, which will usually get me a kilogram at the supermarket that we usually go.
And did I say, there is another one right across the river?………. let’s see if my scanner will give another good night tomorrow.