Hello, friends! We have just over two weeks left in Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims. It’s a month of solemn reflection and prayer, but also lots of food! Yup, it’s a paradox. But a delicious one.
During Ramadan, evening bazaars full of colourful food come to life. Tents are erected in fields and streets, and the intoxicating smell of food perfumes the air - spices, sweets, grilled meats all jostle for the attention of ravenous visitors.
If you’re visiting for the first time it can all be a bit overwhelming. Or maybe you’ve been plucking up the courage, unsure about what to try? Never fear, we’re on the case. Here are some delicious foods to try at your next/first Ramadan Bazaar!
Penang Pasembur, Roti Jala and Other Goodies
Whether its fried in a wok, grilled over a hot plate or slowly turning over a fire, we love that crunchy delicious goodness. At your nearest Bazaar you’ll find an almost endless amount of choices. Here’s a few you should look out for:
Ok, so we wanted to get pictures of the boundless choices of barbeque meats at the bazaars we visited. Unfortunately, they were so good we forgot to take pictures. So please enjoy this montage below instead XP
When it comes to those delicious chickens, goats and cows cosying up very close to a fire, we’ve found the best advice is to follow your nose and ears. You want the aroma of spices and generously slathered butter and marinade. You want to hear the slow fizzle and crackling of fats and flesh, and the drip drip of oils and juices. Only thirdly do you use your eyes to judge. Follow this simple three step and you’ll have the choicest barbeque meals at the bazaar.
It’s good etiquette to refrain from eating or drinking while at the bazaar. Most of the vendors and visitors are Muslim and will be observing the fast. Get your food to go, and enjoy it back home/at the hotel.
Thirst Quenching Malaysian Fruit Juices
It’s easy to work up quite a thirst hunting for great food at a bazaar. There are usually plenty of vendors offering refreshing drinks throughout, but remember, it’s good etiquette to wait until leaving the bazaar before drinking. Here’s a couple of our favourite juices at the Ramadan Bazaars!
Malaysian Kuihs and Snacks
There’’s a lot lot more going on at our yearly Ramadan Bazaars. So much, that the entire month is often not enough to try all the delectable delicacies on offer. Case in point, the vast array of kuihs and snacks designed to tease the appetite or satiate cravings throughout the night.
That’s all for now, folks! Go forth and experience the joyous month of Ramadan. Do remember to observe local etiquette and if you’re not sure about anything feel free to ask us in the comments. Safe travels and good eating!
*Photo Credits Jeremy & Danny