Ramadan in Malaysia

by Mohd Aizat asbhy

Ramadan Bazaar

Malaysia celebrates Ramadan in the most glorious form, as streets from all corners in the country turn out to be massive street food fiestas, also known as Bazaar Ramadan.

It becomes the most popular place for Muslims and even non-Muslims to try traditional Malay cooking that are not always available on ordinary days.

This is really the only chance and one of the best times in the year to taste some of the most sumptuous Malay dishes and all inexpensively priced.

Here’s a list of places where you will catch the best bazaar events in Kuala Lumpur:
1. Kampung Baru Ramadan Bazaar.

One of KL’s favourites Ramadan Bazaars, this gritty market offers some of the best buka puasa comfort food.

Kuihs galore! From the jelly kuihs, the fried kuihs, the kuihs covered in grated coconut - the dessert lover in you will be jumping with joy!

Take away plenty of these traditional delights such as kuih lapis, kuih talam, otak-otak, kek pisang and donuts to have as a starter or a dessert for your dinners.

It’s also a plus that they’re super cheap so you’ll be more inclined to select a huge variety just to try them out.

Protip: Look for the best selling food in the bazaar, bubur lambuk, mix porridge cooked with various herbs and spices.

Location: Jalan Raja Alang, Kuala Lumpur (near Masjid Jamek Kampung Baru).

How to get there: Alight from Kampung Baru LRT station, and the bazaar should be less than ten minutes’ walk.

2. Jalan Masjid India and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ramadan Bazaar.

Its centralized location makes it accessible – it’s just minutes away from shopping district Bukit Bintang.
The Bazaar here features aromatic roasted chicken, called ayam golek. Rows of the whole chicken are being rotated slowly over the fire and roasted to a perfect golden brown.

A bite into its soft warm flesh proves the Ayam Golek to be well-marinated and juicy, with a slightly smoky and crispy skin that comes with good fire control.

Location: Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur.

How to get there: Nearest train stations are Masjid Jamek LRT and Bandaraya LRT.

3.Kelana Jaya Ramadan Bazaar

If you’re working around Kelana Jaya, you’re in for a huge treat! Because the bazaar here has about 250 stalls of scrumptious food! Check out the Nasi Ambeng , the most talked about food which comes with fried chicken, soy chicken or beef rendang.

Aside from the Nasi Ambeng, it is said that the sambal ikan cencaru, ayam percik, Penang laksa, the charred grilled satay, kebabs, ikan durian as well as local desserts to savour on.

Location: SS6/1 Kelana Jaya (Opposite Giant).

4.Shah Alam Ramadan Bazaar

It’s located opposite to Stadium Melawati – so no worries about parking!

We recommend that you to try Pau Ayam Panggang (bao shaped like a roast chicken) and Dhaka Teh Ais (sweetened tea brewed using a method from Tongi, Pakistan). You know it’s going to be good!

Location: Seksyen 13, Shah Alam.

How to get there: Nearest KTM Station is Batu Tiga, taxi is required for a ten-minute drive to the stadium.

TIPS: Most bazaars set up shop by 4.30 p.m., and the best food is typically sold out by 7.00 p.m. — so be sure to get in early!


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