With every year’s holy month of puasa come the Ramadan bazaars (also known as PaRam, short for pasar Ramadan), mushrooming all over Malaysia with tantalising offerings. A mixture of tradition meets fusion, every bazaar Ramadan promises a meal worthy of your tummy. But with so many PaRams out there, which of them is a definite must-visit? Well, the female team comes to the rescue! We head out and suss out six of our faves in the Klang Valley (and a bonus one outside town) you should visit!
1. Seksyen 14, PJ
Located near the Seksyen 14 mosque (within the housing area), this pasar Ramadan may be smaller in size compared with the big guys (e.g. TTDI) but is just as great if you’re looking for authentic Kelantanese food. The stall here sells traditional kueh such as the jala emas and tahi itik but our personal favourite was the ayam percik kuah santan (RM6 each); it’s hard to come by as it’s usually served with the red percik sauce. Another stall you should definitely look out for is the one selling the famous popiah basah Penang; it’s one of the most popular ones there.
2. Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Speaking of TTDI’s bazaar, it’s actually not the biggest but definitely one of the most famous. It’s also super-easy to spot – it’s where the Sunday pasar malam usually is on Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2. There are plenty of stalls, though some are a little pricey, like the roast lamb stall we went to – just a box of it with a small portion (pictured) cost us RM10.
It was nice but, personally, the price was just not right for us. The curry chicken with rice (RM10) and fried popiah (RM10 for 10 pieces) were good though. Do look out for the Murtabak Maggi stall – we didn’t get to try it but it looked interesting.
The one on Jalan Telawi 1 may be small (it’s just one short street long), but the Rojala (hybrid of roti jala and murtabak) here is a must-try! At RM4 per piece, the taste was worth it but if you’re just looking to satisfy your ol’ roti jala craving, you can get it for the same price for four pieces.
Do also try out the ayam percik (RM6 for four pieces of wings), it’s OMG-chicken-yummy!
4. SS13, Subang Jaya
Originally in SS18, this pint-sized bazaar has relocated to a spot near the 3K building in Subang Jaya due to the ongoing LRT construction. The stalls may be few but you’ll be surprised at the unique and exotic offerings on sale. Case in point: the dubiously-named goring pisang cheese, and the hot and fluffy putu bambu (sold by a former kebab seller).
Be sure to check out Aida Ariffin’s nasi kerabu stall – her version is actually green, thanks to the addition of daun mengkudu to her rice. Besides the colour, it also imparted a unique, lemongrass-like fragrance to it.
5. Seri Petaling
Along the pavement outside SMK Bandar Baru Seri Petaling on Jalan Radin is one other pasar Ramadan with the usual but equally delicious variety of food. The problem is the famous stalls – like those selling roti jala and kebab – really sell out fast. Three of our favourites from this bazaar are the putu bambu, nasi Arab and nasi tomato Kedah. The queue for all these is worth the wait.
The putu bambu was soft and fragrant, with just the right amount of sweetness from the gula Melaka. The nasi Arab with lamb shoulder cost RM14 and the meat was superb! It was tender, not too oily, and the best part, there was a lot of it!
6. Sungai Way
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, the 40-odd stalls here are worth a visit for the good variety of traditional food and drinks at great prices, and easy and cheap parking (read: free)! How great are the prices? Health and beauty consultant Ahamad Rizal’s nasi kerabu with a whole grilled catfish cost RM6.50 (there were TONS of people at his stall!), Encik Yan’s Special Nasi Tomato (which looked glisteningly good) served with generous portions of ayam masak merah was just RM5, and Kak A’s nasi ambang was a steal at just RM4.80 with a choice of two pieces of fried tempe instead of chicken or fish. You can find this bazaar at the open carpark near the Sri Sakhti Easwari Hindu temple.
7. Ipoh (BONUS!)
Features and Lifestyle Editor Zara hails from Ipoh and she has a few tips to share about the PaRam there. At the Stadium Indera Mulia Ramadan bazaar, she recommends the BBQ stall (pictured) – “You can’t miss it; there’s always, ALWAYS a long line in front of it.” – as well as the ikan bakar stalls. If you’re looking for the best Rendang Tok, a Perak specialty, head over to the Pasar Ramadan Medan Gopeng.
Do you know an awesome pasar Ramadan that we missed out on in this article? Tweet us at @femalemag!