Afterglow of Kai Joo Lane night market

KUCHING: The warm glow of coloured lights in a tree is the first thing that greets you upon entering Kai Joo Lane last night. From there on, it was a swarm of humanity engaging in their favourite pastime – scouring for delicacies.

The Kai Joo Lane night market have been in the pipes for around a year but shelved due to the unfavourable conditions during the dusty months of construction at adjacent India Street Pedestrian Mall. Now that those days are over, the neighbours are literally throwing a street party.

On the balcony of Kai Joo Cafe, Rhoda Yap from the organising committee told thesundaypost that they were taken back by the tremendous response.

“We didn’t aggressively advertise the Night Market so that we have time to refine our operations, but we are extremely surprised and thankful that there is so much support shown,” she said.

Laughing, Yap revealed that she only paid RM50 on the Facebook campaign.

“That’s the most effective RM50 I ever paid for! The interest is there, so the sharing was phenomenal.”

The Kai Joo Lane night market has about 30 vendors, making sure that there was a variety of food on offer.

“This is truly a community effort. Most of us here realised that this place is losing its ‘cool’ and losing to suburban malls. We had to learn to generate some buzz.”

Indeed, queues were long for some stalls and products were just flying off the serving trays.

“People are already asking if this is long term.

“This is our first weekend, and we had no experience doing something like this,” Yap said, adding that it could only get better from here and they welcome feedback.

The Kai Joo Lane night market comes alive every Friday, Saturday, and, hopefully, also on the eve of public holidays.

For updates, look them up on Facebook.

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