They are neighbors, but one is a bustling major township and the other a small Malay village. I am referring to Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Kampung Sungai Penchala. Compared to TTDI, Kampung Sungai Penchala’s Bazaar Ramadan is smaller, sells similar delicacies but they are more traditional and less fancy (so no Murtabak Maggi here). Also, for some reasons you will find a lot of different chicken related foods like Ayam Golek, Sarawak-style black pepper roasted chicken, ayam panggang madu, ayam panggang percik, grilled chicken wings, chicken rice and many more.
The bazaar is very different compared to those that are located at the center of town and city. Instead of multi-storey shops, high rise buildings and fly overs, it has greenery (backed by Bukit Lanjan), village houses and mosque that give a laid back feel. Most of the patrons come on motorcycles too.
There is only one Ayam Golek stall here, also the very first stall before you enter the bazaar. While nothing fantastic about the roasted birds, the tangy dipping sauce is really good and could go well with just about anything.
Taman Tun Dr Ismail‘s Ramadan Bazaar is not the biggest around but it is definitely not short of good food. It is extremely easy to look for the bazaar’s site, as the food stalls stretch along Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2 where the Sunday pasar malam is usually at. According to long time visitors of TTDI’s Ramadan Bazaar, some of the must tries here are the Popiah, Putu Piring, Nasi Briyani and Ayam Percik. Our haul that evening totaled up to a little over RM50 – not cheap but satisfying considering all of them were tasty, with most of them bought from randomly selected stalls.
There are also a few other foods that I think are both rare and worthy of trying, like the Murtabak Maggi and Mie Cord Penang Char Koay Teow. The latter is unexpectedly delicious, comes in big portion and the best thing is, it tastes very similar to the authentic Penang version. When the Ramadan month is over I am definitely going to look for their restaurant at Sungai Penchala. So, here’s the photo dump of my visit to the bazaar.
Murtabak Maggi (Ayam/Daging) @ RM4.50 – a tasty and innovative version of the long time Ramadan favorite.
Every year I will make it a point to visit the colorful and tantalizing Bazaar Ramadhan. Last year I was at one of the largest in Malaysia at Shah Alam and this year, I am visiting one near my house at Bandar Baru Perda, Seberang Perai Tengah.
The Bazaar Ramadhan at Bandar Baru Perda is located at the car park of Masjid Perda. I feel the best time to go is around 5pm, when the crowd is at its minimum and most of the stalls are already ready to sell their food.
Right at the entrance of the mosque is a Ayam Golek stall, selling a whole roast chicken at RM18. The minimum portion is half a chicken at RM9.
First thing first, enough of Ramadhan Buffet. I think I have blogged enough of it for this year. So, what’s better than Ramadhan Buffet? Definitely Bazaar Ramadhan. Every year during Ramadan month I will go to the bazaar nearest to my place, which is usually smaller in scale. But this year I decided to do something different and visit a more grand one instead. Many people are saying that the Bazaar Ramadhan at Shah Alam Stadium is very huge and also the best in Malaysia.
When I reached Shah Alam Stadium’s entrance yesterday evening, I was shocked to see not a single tent in sight. Luckily there was a guard around and he told us that the bazaar is actually held on the other side of the stadium, on a carpark to be exact. If not for that I would have gone home already lol. For me I feel the best time to visit the bazaar is around 4pm (weekends, of course) when there’s lesser people – you get to survey the stalls more comfortably and freely.
The first thing that caught our attention was the Ayam Golek. It was simply the highlight of the Bazaar Ramadhan. It’s hard not to feel fascinated by the number of skewered whole chickens being barbecued slowly over gas and charcoal in a rotational movement. They were also perfect for photos and I am going to show lots, and I mean lots of them lol.
Some Ayam Golek stations have an automatic roller, while some still required manual rotation.
When they are ready they will be taken to the stall front and sold hot and fresh. The price for a whole bird ranged from RM12 to RM15, depending on the size.
Because Ayam Golek is barbecued over slow fire the meat is very juicy and tender, even the chicken breast part.
We bought half a bird from Restoran Jaring @ RM8 and it was sooooooo good. The marinate was just a simple combination of honey and lemongrass but the taste and aroma of the chicken was just so so great.
They say better buy Ayam Golek barbecued over charcoal than gas because gas might be poisonous? I don’t really know lol.
Food on sticks, not exactly tasty but the children love it.
Barbecued Chicken Wings @ RM1.50 each.
Pan fried skewers.
It’s good to know the chefs were wearing face masks amidst the H1N1 flu outbreak.
Jugs of cendol selling for RM3 each, so tempting and colorful. Click here to continue reading >