Ramadhan is the holy month in the Muslim calendar and is a time of fasting and reflection for Muslims. In Malaysia, where the community is racially and religiously diverse, it’s also a time to share a breaking of fast meal and understand each other better. One very Malaysian thing we have during Ramadhan is the presence of Ramadhan bazaars.
Ramadhan bazaars are perfect for sampling some of the best traditional Malay and fusion dishes, as they’re all gathered in place. Here’s where to head to this Ramadhan:
1. Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI)
Those living around Damansara will definitely know about the TTDI bazaar that happens every year. It has served the residents of TTDI and those living around it for the longest time during the fasting season. There are about 100 stalls around every year, and they’re located in a four-sided square formation. This year, among the foods you can look out for include Putu Piring, Penang style Char Kuey Teow, lamb kebabs on sticks and grilled lamb.
Where: Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Getting there: The TTDI Ramadhan bazaar is just an 8 minutes walk away from the new TTDI MRT station. Exit the station onto Jalan Damansara and turn left until you see a crowd. Follow your nose and you’ll find the bazaar in no time.
2. Shah Alam Stadium
For those who are in the northern part of the Klang Valley, one of the biggest Ramadhan Bazaars is situated in the parking lot of the Shah Alam stadium. There’s all the usual favorites this year, like murtabak, ayam golek and tepung pelita. Those looking for a twist to your usual selections can find a stall selling Indonesian favorites ayam golek and ayam Geprek. Ask for the Ayam Geprek Cheese, which is fried chicken doused in cheese sauce.
Where: Stadium Shah Alam, Seksyen 13, Shah Alam, Selangor
Getting there: Take the train to the Batu Tiga KTM station. The stadium is a 5-10 minute car ride away.
You probably weren’t expecting a thriving Ramadhan bazaar in the capital’s most affluent neighborhood, but Bangsar’s bazaar is actually quite well known. It isn’t one of the biggest bazaars around but it does offer up a satisfying selection of local delights, especially traditional Malay cuisine. You’ll find this bazaar at the empty lot beside the Abu Bakar As Siddiq mosque. This year, be sure to stop by the colorful pudding and jelly shop that offers more than 25 types of fruity and sweet jellies, as well as the Tepung Pelita stall.
Where: Jalan Telawi 1, Kuala Lumpur
Getting there: Get down at the Bangsar LRT station. You may choose to take a 15 minute walk to the Abu Bakar As Siddiq mosque, or take a taxi/Grab which will only be a 5-10 minute ride, depending on traffic.
4. Bandar Tasik Permaisuri
The Bandar Tasik Permasuri bazaar is located outside one of the Permaisuri park’s entrance. It also has about 100 stalls, with a lot of state specialties. This means you’ll find stalls selling Kelantanese specialties, Sabahan specialties and more. It’s a great place to look for that lovely eggy dessert called Kuih Akok, a popular East Coast sweet. Apart from that, you’ll also find International favorites like cheesy corn dogs, Korean fried chicken and mac & cheese.
Where: Jalan Tasik Permaisuri 1, Kuala Lumpur.
Getting there: The nearest station is the Salak Selatan LRT, and you’ll need to hitch a ride there which takes about 10 minutes. This bazaar is just beside the Permaisuri football stadium, opposite HUKM hospital.
5. Kampung Baru
Kampung Baru bazaar is situated in the heart of the traditionally Malay heartland of KL, and is one of the biggest Ramadhan bazaars with over 200 stalls. There’s everything from barbequed chicken wings to kuih keria. For dessert lovers, you should look out for a stall selling moist chocolate cake that slathers on the chocolate sauce fresh onto every slice of cake you buy.
Address: Jalan Raja Alang, Kuala Lumpur
Getting there: The bazaar is a 10-minute walk away from the Kampung Baru LRT station.
6. Kelana Jaya
The Kelana Jaya Ramadan bazaar is located behind the Giant hypermarket, opposite Paradigm mall. This exciting bazaar caters to the surrounding PJ crowd so you get a pretty laidback atmosphere. This year you can look forward to a Nasi Ambeng stall, in addition to many bazaar favorites like satay, Roti John and Murtabak.
Address: Jalan SS 6/1, 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Getting there: Get off at either Taman Bahagia or Kelana Jaya LRT station. The bazaar is about 2 km from either station, which translated to a 10-minute car ride.
These bazaars are open from about 4.30pm-ish to about 7.30pm, and the crowd really comes in the later you go. Try to get there as early as possible, especially if you’re driving and want parking spots. Otherwise, if you’re not in time to visit a bazaar, you can always order your breaking of fast meal from sites like FoodPanda and use these promo codes to get discounts, deals and savings.
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