Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
TTDI’s bazaar Ramadan needs no introduction, famed to KL-ites as one of the places to go during Ramadan. Although fasts are broken during sunset, people flock to this bazaar from the afternoon. Nasi tomato with ayam masak merah, kuih tepung pelita and roast lamb paired with roti arab are must tries at this bazaar. You can also find halal versions of dim sum and paus for all faiths to enjoy.
Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, TTDI, 60000 KL.
Kampung Sungai Penchala
Not far from TTDI, Kampung Sungai Penchala’s bazaar boasts a colourful dessert selection. This bazaar is also known for its murtabak with fillings of meat and egg, as well as a variety of Kelantanese style food stalls. Highlights include gulai kawah, ikan masin and masak lemak nenas; Orange Crush and American Ice Cream Soda, carted all the way from Kelantan as well as biryani studded with sultanas and served with beef and gravy.
Kampung Sungai Penchala, TTDI, 6000 KL.
Section 14, Petaling Jaya
Food bloggers have long claimed that Section 14 serves the best popiah basah in town. An impressive selection of seafood can be found here including seafood cooked over banana leaves and slathered with loads of sambal. The ayam and ikan panggang masak rempah and nasi campur stall stacked with savoury and meaty sambal sotong is not to be missed. The adventurous can tantalise their taste buds with tomyam samosas.
Jalan 14/28, Section 14, 46100 PJ.
Walking distance from the Dato’ Keramat LRT station, this bazaar needs an early visit, as food sells out early. If SS14 is known for its popiah, then Kampung Baru is known for its Roti John Titiwangsa, a sandwich of omlette and minced meat. Customers can be seen queuing up for this dish, which has been in business for over ten years. Also noteworthy are the deep fried quail eggs – a rarity in Ramadan bazaars.
Kampung Datuk Keramat, 56100 KL.
The Bangsar Baru Ramadan bazaar is located directly behind Bangsar Village II. Although it doesn’t stretch far, patrons will find a hearty assortment of putu piring, ayam percik and biryani gam served here. Crowd favourites include Portuguese-style seafood such as the stir-fry squid accompanied with fiery red gravy and satay percik packed with deep flavour. A hybrid of roti jala and murtabak, known as ‘rojala’ can be found here as well.
Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar, 59100 KL.
Kampung Baru is famed for its bubur lambuk, or rice porridge. However if you miss out on the bubur lambuk, which sells fast, a great alternative is the bubur sum sum, a rice flour pudding flavoured with gula melaka originating from Indonesia, an influence from its migrant workers around the area. Look out for Pak Lan’s sata ikan, which is similar to otak-otak but with more coconut. Perak speciality rendang tok can also be found served amongst the 150 hawker stalls available.
Jalan Raja Alang, Kampung Baru, 50300 KL.
The oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur is home to 466 stalls, one of the largest Ramadan bazaars in the city. A gigantic melting pot of ethnic influences, delicious Indian snacks like vadai, putu mayam, muruku and fresh cow’s milk infused with jelly can be found here. Not forgetting Ramadan favourites: satay with ketupat, nasi ambang and of course, nasi dagang.
Jalan Masjid India, 50100 KL.
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By Sherry Israel. Cover photo: Creative Commons.