Ramadan Kareem! Let’s talk about food.
As much as Ramadan is known as the holy month of abstention, giving and devotion; we all know one of the highlights is all the Ramadan Bazaars that’s scattered throughout the country. With soooo many to choose from, it’s only right for us to compile this list of 5 bazaars you definitely have to visit!
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI)
Located at Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2 (opposite McDonald’s), TTDI’s Ramadan Bazaar packs quite a punch considering its modest size. Walking down the rows of canopies, you’ll be intoxicated with the waft of their famous chargrilled Ayam Percik. Don’t forget to try the equally sought out for Kambing Bakar Marvelous, where you’d witness glorious succulent roasts of lambs on rotisseries being carved out upon order *cue drool*. Your visit to this bazaar wouldn’t be complete without leaving with family favourites like Tepung Pelita, Raja Murtabak, Popiah Basah and Tauhu Sumendang. Where to find them? Follow the long queues of course!
An anticipated bazaar for people in Subang Jaya, you’d find a variety of local and international dishes at USJ 4 Ramadan Bazaar. Located along Jalan USJ 4/5, you would leave this bazaar with more food in your hands than you have intended! Greeting you with the smell of Ikan Bakar, Ayam Percik and Chicken Wings, locals usually make a few rounds around the road before settling their iftar menu for the night. You can find an abundance of Nasi Briyani, Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Campur as well as Nasi Ayam stalls, that would serve well as your main dish for the night. You’d also fare well tasting the popular Putu Bambu, Uncle Jili’s Jacket Potato and Raja Karipap Antarabangsa. To wash it off, you’ll find Mr. Mango’s 420 Mango Juice would quench your thirst right away!
If you’re looking for traditional meals for your iftar, head on to the Kampung Baru Bazaar along Jalan Alang, where you’d find an abundance of traditional malay dishes and kuih-muih sold! Although the highlight at this Bazaar is the famous Roti Goreng McGyver, which is a meat-stuffed bun wrapped in thin popiah skin and deep-fried to golden perfection. Looking for a heavier break-fast, have a taste of the nasi arab or nasi kukus you would find along the stretch of tents. As an added bonus, free bubur lambuk is given daily during this holy month at the Kampung Baru Mosque, after Asar prayers. But hurry, long lines should be expected for this popular dish!
If you’re lazy to fight for a parking spot, Wangsa Maju’s Bazaar Ramadan is easily accessible by the Wangsa Maju LRT stop (Take the pedestrian bridge, across to the low-rise flats). This bazaar is one of the longest in the list, but you’ll find the vendors here selling a lot of the same dishes, it’s best if you just browse through the bazaar once, then do all your buying on your way back to your starting point. The best thing you can buy here is the popular Murtabak Maggi, which sounds a bit weird at first, but the taste and texture would have you wanting seconds!
Stadium Shah Alam Seksyen 13
The biggest bazaar in Klang Valley is located at the parking lot of Stadium Shah Alam Seksyen 13. You’d definitely notice your hunger here upon the sight of the glorious cascades of Ayam Golek at the bazaar. The traditional slow roast chicken is cooked to perfection over charcoal to give it that smokey flavour while retaining its juices. Besides that, be on the look out for the Gulai Kawah there, that’s popular among the locals as well as the variety of state Laksa dishes available. But honestly, there’s too many good dishes sold here to list down.
Variety At Its Best
Throw your weight-loss plans aside, the variety of local and international dishes here is enough to have a 3-course iftar menu for every day of the month, and you’d still have dishes you haven’t tasted. But in the spirit of Ramadan, be sure to just buy the right portion for your iftar, as we’d hate food to go to waste. Have a blessed Ramadan from CatchThatBus!