The Colors of Ramadan 2010 (Part 2)

Posted by shloke 05 September 2010
Hi peeps! Hari Raya Aidilfitri عيد الفطر‎ aka Hari Raya Puasa is just around the corner. It is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Also, the weeklong school holidays have just started. It will be a BUSY week ahead for our Muslim friends - raya shopping, house cleaning, new furnishing and decorations. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim readers and friends Eid Mubarak & Selamat Hari Raya: Maaf Zahir Batin. Remember to drive safely during this holiday season.

So here goes with Part 2 - The Colors of Ramadan. Walking along the Malay Ramadan hawker stalls selling Muslim food and drinks can be quite a vibrant and unique experience. I was amazed and never thought of such a huge crowd. My overall experience was very good.

Whatever the season, the charm, beauty and diversity of Malaysia never disappears. Maybe Malaysia really is Truly Asia after all :) I strongly encourage fellow Malaysians to visit these Ramadan bazaars. You will never regret visiting our Ramadan Bazaar - it is F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C! IMHO we need to turn our Ramadan bazaars into tourism products as these places are potential tourist attractions.

Here are the remaining shots taken at Ramadan Bazaar around Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Masjid India and Kampung Baru). Click HERE to return to The Colors of Ramadan (Part 1). Until then, have a great weekend everyone! さようなら Sayōnara!

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [28mm f/5.6 manual 200 ISO 1/100 sec]

This guy looked cool. He was selling 'bubur lambuk' (translation: mix rice porridge) at the back of Masjid Kampung Baru. I assumed he is the kind of man who had a lot of thoughts in his mind but didn't talk much. 'Mysterious' man, but who cares? I just LOVE his COOL, STEADY & EASY expression :)

日本語: おいしい食べ物 English: Good food

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [40mm f/5.3 manual 800 ISO 1/400 sec]

Sugarcane water seems to be one of the favorites during Ramadan. A popular thirst quencher for breaking fast.

日本語: サトウキビ水 English: Sugarcane water

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [28mm f/4.5 manual 200 ISO 1/500 sec]

A hawker frying yellow noodles with his extra large wok. He was more than happy to show me his culinary skills. You know why he's smiling sheepishly? He was teased by fellow hawkers. Some of them said "Esok masuk surat khabar ni! ABANG GLAMOUR!" (Translation: You will be featured in the newspaper, MR. GLAMOUR!)

Note: Thanks to fufu for the 日本語 Nihongo corrections.

日本語: 焼きそば English: Fried noodles

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [48mm f/6.3 manual 100 ISO 1/160 sec]

This hawker stall is SO SMOKEY! I could smell the enticing aroma of ayam percik cooking from afar - SWEET & SMOKY! I almost choke on the charcoal fumes! LOL! Later, his father invited me to the back of the stall for an up close and personal shot. Remember to scroll down to see the picture.

Note: Many thanks to Lan Sulaimann. It's ayam percik (Malaysian-style spicy BBQ chicken) not satay as stated earlier.

日本語: ホット甘いサテ English: Hot, sweet satay

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [20mm f/5.6 manual 110 ISO 1/125 sec]

WOW! I was surprised to see a briyani chef at the Ramadan Bazaar. He was just a little bit camera shy - quite concerned with the camera being pointed at him. I guess it's normal. Most people will feel a little shy initially when posing for a portrait. After much persuasion, he agreed to pose in front of the camera with his signature chef pose :)

日本語: スパイシーな米 English: Spicy rice

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [18mm f/4.5 manual 200 ISO 1/80 sec]

Work in progress. Two workers setting up a traditional griller machine complete with greased chain and gears.

日本語: グリルチキン English: Grilled chicken

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [18mm f/5.6 manual 100 ISO 1/125 sec]

There is no better place to taste the best of Malay food than a Ramadan Bazaar. Excellent local hawker food under one roof. This hawker stalls also sells traditional but hard-to-find favourites like keria and onde-onde.

日本語: 会いに来る! English: Come and see!

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [52mm f/5.6 manual 800 ISO 1/500 sec]

A cook squeezing tomato sauce on Roti John aka Malay omelette sandwich. It’s a spiced meaty omelette cooked into a baguette. The ingredients include minced meat (chicken or mutton), onion, egg, sardines, tomato-chilli sauce and a baguette-type loaf. There are stalls after stalls that sell Roti John.

日本語: サンドイッチ English: Sandwich

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [22mm f/5.0 manual 200 ISO 1/100 sec]

A family of Indian Muslim selling murtabak. According to Wikipedia, murtabak is sold by Mamak salesmen, and usually includes minced mutton, along with garlic, egg and onion, and is eaten with curry sauce. Note: Mamak is a term used in Malaysia to describe the Indian Tamil Muslim community and culture.

日本語: ミートパイ English: Meat pie

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [18mm f/5.6 manual 125 ISO 1/125 sec]

This is the picture. Father of Mr. Percik :) His family members were busy packing the sauce.

日本語: チキンサテ English: Chicken satay

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [22mm f/5.6 manual 140 ISO 1/125 sec]

Mixed rice galore! A feast for Ramadan. There are plenty of dishes that will please the palate - various meats (chicken, fish, mutton, beef, squids, crabs), vegetables, peanuts, eggs, fried-shrimp chips and many more.

日本語: マレー料理 English: Malay cuisine

Location: Ramadan Bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010
Camera: Nikon D60 [24mm f/5.0 manual 200 ISO 1/100 sec]

Cendol is one of my favorite foods! SWEET + SAVOURY! The dessert's basic ingredients consist of coconut milk, a worm-like jelly made from rice flour with green food coloring (usually derived from the pandan leaf), shaved ice and palm sugar. Other ingredients include red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly and creamed corn. I prefer the basic cendol - without chunky glutinous rice balls.

日本語: デザート English: Dessert

Note: Here are the remaining photos that I have from my Ramadan Bazaar collection, which of course includes some of my very favorites pictures!



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Last updated September 10th, 2010 (3:22 a.m.)

Kampung Baru Ramadan Bazaar 2010 - Directions, Getting There & Maps:

Kampung Baru can be accessed via Jalan Chow Kit, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Sultan Ismail or Jalan Tun Razak. The easiest way to get here is via the Putra LRT disembarking at the Kampung Baru station. There are also ample buses and taxis in town willing to give you a ride.

Note: Walking directions from Kampung Baru LRT Station to Bazaar Ramadan Kampung Baru. Click on the thumbnail to load a larger version of the map.


Kampung Baru Ramadan Bazaar 2010 - Google Maps:


Kampung Baru Ramadan Bazaar 2010 - Food to try:

  1. Air tebu segar (fresh sugar cane water)
  2. Putu Bambu
  3. Rendang daging with lemang (curried meat with hollowed bamboo rice)
  4. Popiah (spring roll)
  5. Ayam panggang (grilled chicken)
  6. Nasi ayam (chicken rice)
  7. Malay kuih (cakes)
  8. Bubur lambuk (mix rice porridge)
  9. Ikan bakar (spicy grilled fish)
  10. Roti John (omelette sandwich)
  11. Nasi briyani (a set of fragrant rice-based foods made with spices, rice - usually basmati and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables)
  12. Murtabak (pancake filled with eggs, small chunks of meat and onions)

Kampung Baru Ramadan Bazaar 2010 - Read More/Useful Links:

  1. http://tinyurl.com/2eu7sx9 (Wikipedia article about Kampung Baru)
  2. http://tinyurl.com/2g3mmwp (Out of the core of a bamboo, The Star article)
  3. http://tinyurl.com/2cfbb8v (Bazaar Ramadan blog from Tourism Malaysia)
  4. http://tinyurl.com/23zxlmo (Customers at Ramadan bazaar spoilt for choice, The Star)
  5. http://tinyurl.com/c2wded (Wikipedia article about 'kuih')
  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murtabak (Wikipedia article about 'murtabak')

10 comments

  1. thomas Says:
  2. Wow!Great photos,
    that's really the true colours of Ramadan.

     
  3. Rafael Lam Says:
  4. I saw a Ramadan big buffet in another blogger, but your these foods are more special!
    First time to see those 'bubur lambuk' in the plastic bag, want to try it too!
    I believe Ramanda is a important festival in Malayasia!
    We have a Buddha Birthday Festival on 30/April to 2/May that have a parade and many related shows and celebrations!

     
  5. Hi,
    As always, your photos are never seized to amaze. However, I'm a little bit curious on Mr. Satay picture though. I thought that was not satay that he is grilling, it's Ayam Percik, isn't it? Can you verify this?

     
  6. fufu Says:
  7. i didnt know sugar cane is サトウキビ(砂糖黍)!!!! hohohoho it's always nice to come here, not only always enjoy seeing nice pictures, also learn stuff by reading your nice and informative written texts.... now the captions on your pictures make the post more lively! hihihi lucky i just had my breakfast :) otherwise i would just fly back for those ramadan food.... :p soon it's time to mohon maaf zahir batin ya... XD enjoy the holiday too Alex

     
  8. lechua Says:
  9. hey i see a smile on most of the vendors faces.. they seem to be quite happy to be photographed! & that's a huge wok of mee goreng. great sharing of this part of malaysian culture. am looking forward to the holssss!

     
  10. Me too! サトウキビ is my new vocab.
    At least, I know サトウ is sugar... Ha ha

    米 is actually "beras"; ご飯 is "nasi".

     
  11. eunice Says:
  12. these r definitely worth drooling over and putting on some weight!!

     
  13. micki Says:
  14. What a variety of street vendor food! I love the fried yellow noodles, grilled chicken... and I would love to taste Malay's omelette sandwich! The last photo frame graphic is very cute!

     
  15. Shelyn Says:
  16. I have never really visited bazaar in Malaysia. It reminds me of the market in Laos. Roti John reminded me of French Baguette in Laos and those sates remind me of all sorts of grilled meats in Laos. Those grilled food make me drooling. The 2 men in second last picture were actually posing for you huh? Amazing!

     
  17. shloke Says:
  18. @Thomas,

    Thanks!

    @Rafael,

    These are street food. Always cheaper, better and tastier than buffet food :)

    Ramadan is indeed an important event in the Muslim calendar - the holy month of fasting.

    @Lan Sulaiman,

    Wow, thanks for your kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed my post.

    Yep, those are ayam percik. My bad :) It looks like some gigantic ayam satay :)

    @fufu,

    Thanks fu!

    @lechua,

    It's Malaysia Day today :) Generally Malaysians are shy but friendly, tolerant, understanding and always ready with a smile.

    @londconcaller,

    I got all my translation from Google Translate. Please correct me if there's any mistake to the list. Thanks!

    @eunice,

    You're dead right! Wickedly delicious food :)

    @Micki,

    Thanks!

    @Shelyn,

    Our bazaar is quite a festival - food and vibrant atmosphere. You need to visit our Ramadan Bazaar in 2011. I remember your Laos post :)

    I was acting like a reporter. So, I guess they were more than happy to pose for me :)

    Dear all, my apologies for the late reply.

     
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