The only time in the year where we delight in knowing the streets and lanes will be packed with bright umbrellas presenting magnificent food to us. The month of Ramadan will descend soon upon us and regardless whether you are fasting or not, everybody loves a good-ole-Ramadhan open market. We can’t wait to try our favourite rending or nasi lemak stall and maybe gain a couple of pounds in the process, but it’s all worth it.
Once a year Ramadhan bazaars mushroom all over the city with enticing offerings, giving us a mixture of tradition meets fusion. These markets all over the Klang Valley go into full swing mode from as early as 4.00pm, closing just after the Maghrib prayers at 8.00pm. There is definitely no shortage of thrilling Ramadhan bazaars with their overabundance of mouth-watering delicacies and every year they attract fasting or non-fasting crowds from every race and nationality to spend on wonderful foods for buka puasa.
Bangsar, Kampung Baru and TTDI draws in the annual crowd without trying and there are many other similarly tasty and exciting bazaars doing brisk business that are worth a visit. With so many Pasar Ramadhans to check out, which of them is a certain must-visit? Well, we have sussed out six of our favourites in KL you should absolutely try out!
Prepare both your tastebuds and stomachs. 1)Taman Tun Dr Ismail
TTDI’s Ramadhan bazaar is definitely one of the most popular markets in town. It’s super easy to spot as it’s where the Sunday pasar malam is normally on at Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2. With plenty of stalls, it is a host to some exceptional listings of food which can only be obtained in the holy month. Some other famous stalls to check out would be the Popiah Power stall and the Mie Cord Char Kway Teow. Hits also include the nasi tomato, nasi hujan and their fresh lemang with rendang. The bazaar however has extreme crowd levels after 5.00pm and is infamous for its massive traffic jams, so be very cautious. However be ready to bring home packets upon packets of enjoyable dishes to feast on. Address:
Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2)Bangsar
The Telawi Street near Bangsar Village is home to Bangsar’s Ramadhan bazaar with stalls set up on a short stretch of road next to Masjid Saidina Abu Bakar. The market is very packed and crowded like its weekly Sunday pasar malam but there are some must-have eats that will satiate your buka puasa cravings. The Rojala (crossbreed of roti jala and murtabak) is delicious and try the tender and juicey ayam percik. Other famed eats include the nasi kerabu, nasi dagang, sotong bakar and coconut ice cream. This market shows us that good things come in small packages – inducing saliva for those who come across it. Small but it does pack a punch. Address:
Jalan Telawi, Bangsar Baru, 59100, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur 3)Kelana Jaya
This Ramadhan bazaar is known for a few things, which includes their ikan bakar stall which always has a perpetual queue. Sup tulang is also a must-have item and it comes in a huge portion as well! You will notice the vast array of drink stands selling fruit juices of all kinds and there isn’t a shortage of dim sum stalls for great halal Chinese food. Ayam percik dripping in delightful sauces as well as the prominent cencaru sambal stall. Take your pick as there are too many appetizing choices to choose from that it is somewhat mind boggling. Address
: Jalan SS6/1 Kelana Jaya Petaling Jaya Selangor 4)Stadium Shah Alam
The bazaar is located just opposite Stadium Malawati at Padang Dataran Shah Alam, in a parking lot. There are hundreds of stalls and you can find almost everything here – even street performers. Chill out with some home tubs of taufufah flavoured with syrup or pandan for that local revitalizing taste. There are also fresh fruit juices that have pulp included, not just the sugar syrup-infused drinks you usually find at bazaars. Popiah SS Ali is a popular option, with its generous filling and short queues. The size of this market is enough to draw you here out of sheer curiosity. Useful tip: Come before 5.00pm to avoid being quashed by enormous crowds. Address
: Car Park, Stadium Malawati, Persiaran Sukan, Seksyen 13, 40100, Shah Alam, Selangor 5)SS13, Subang Jaya
Located right in front of the 3K Inn & Sports Complex in Subang, most of the vendors at the bazaar were once part of Subang Jaya’s biggest bazaar at SS18 which was famous for their chicken wings and roti jang, a variant of the regular roti John. When you are there, check out Aida Ariffin’s nasi kerabu stall which imparts a distinctive lemongrass-like fragrance. They have Malay cuisine, Western and Chinese stalls for a variety of buka puasa selections. The stalls may be few compared to the other bazaars but you’ll be surprised by the unique and exotic offerings on sale. Some favourites include the goring pisang cheese, and the hot and fluffy putu bamboo – which are lip-smacking. Address:
Persiaran Kewajipan, Ss 15, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia 6)Section 14, Petaling Jaya
This modest pasar is located in the housing area near the refurbished Jaya Supermarket, the bazaar primarily caters to visitors who live around the area and workers from the commercial district nearby. But if you are looking for authentic Kelantanese food the stalls there sell traditional kueh like jala emas and tahi itik. They are best known for the popiah basah Penang, with their notoriously long lines and their lontong with peparu, murtabak and tepung pelita are also notably well-known. Address:
Section 14 (along Jalan 14/26 & Jalan 14/28), 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia by: Adeline Tan