However, before celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Muslims have to fast for a month from dawn til sunset(that included refrain from eating, drinking and having any form of intercourse. So, if you happen to travel to Malaysia during fasting month, the chances of dining at a Malays' restaurant/shop/stall/kiosk during daytime are quite slim. However, Ramadan Bazaar is one of the most anticipated place to go every evening. What's there? One might ask. FOOD, STREET FOOD!
As a Malaysian myself, I've never been to a Ramadan Bazaar in my entire life, heck I've never even heard of it! Only until recently that I discovered about its existence when I was browsing other Malaysian food blogger. After much research done, we've decided to go the one at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail on the last Sunday of fasting month.
I may be ignorant towards Malay food culture as I was brought up eating mainly Chinese food, but going to a Ramadan Bazaar was one of the most bizarre experience I've had in my own country (in a good way, of course).
We were there slightly early about 4:15pm, on both side of the street were food vendors, yes only FOOD! The variety of food were astounding, some were the normal Malay food like Nasi Lemak, BBQ Chicken and Malay kuih-muih, some other choices were an eye opener for me!
|Aromatic Nasi Lemak with crisy yet tender marinated fried chicken|
This fried chicken is so good, it put KFC to shame! It was marinated with tumeric and other spices, fried to perfection, the meat was tender inside and the skin was aromatic and crispy. It was finger lickin' good!
|Murtabak in the making from different vendors|
|Batang Buruk, anyone heard of it?|
|Happy vendors; Sizzling grilled fish|
|Huge wok of variety of rice; Grilled chicken butt anyone?|
|Pick your own fish and they will grill it for you with added spices and chilli, yum~|
|Steamed kuih with fresh coconut and palm sugar|
|Freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, an ultimate thirst quencher on a hot day like this|
|Made in Malaysia's Orange Crush, Sarsi and American Ice Cream Soda|
|Otak-otak from Gelang Patah, the flesh is red in colour instead|
|Nasi Dagang & Nasi Kerabu from the Northern state|
That was lemang, glutinous rice with coconut milk cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick lined with banana leaf, it is cooked directly on the flame, hence getting that fragrant bamboo flavour infused into the rice. Lemang is usually eat with either beef or chicken rendang (dried curry).
|Cars just cruise through the busy food street|
|Ikan Pekasam - a northern state delicacy|
|long queues for good food|
|Assorted Kuih-muih - Seri Muka, Kuih Koci...|
|Assorted Agar-agar; Colourful fruits custard|
|Table full of street food to feed 5|
I had fun strolling, smelling, seeing and eating at Ramadan Bazaar. If you're like me have never been to one, maybe you should too!