It's Ramadan and disgustingly hot! Yet, for the first time in many years, I braved the heat (and dragged my aunt out) to have a look at the Ramadan Bazaar in Kelana Jaya. The place wasn't too crowded at 4pm when we set out but got worse as time went by.
What did I see? I saw varieties of jellies and icy cold drinks in almost all colours of the rainbow; murtabak of all sizes and prices; a roast lamb; lots of roast chickens; chicken rice; fried chicken; grilled sambal-stuffed ikan kembung; biryani by the tong-full; roti jala with chicken curry; all sorts of kueh to tickle your fancy; hot and cold soya bean drinks; tau foo fa swimming in tubs of white and brown sugar; different varieties of laksa; pulat panggang and lots more.
Gone are the days when my 'eyes' are bigger than my stomach, so I was quite restrained about buying food to take home. I only came away from the endless delights of the Bazaar with some satar, jellies, soya bean, murtabak and fried cempedak.
A gorgeous array of food and drink isn't it? Only thing is, I'm not sure I'd want to eat like this every day for an entire month.
Why? Well, if you're lucky the stall you choose to buy the food and drink from will give you your money's worth. Upon coming home, you will be treated to the most delicious food you can ever imagine. Plus, the dishes will not be found again until Ramadan comes around again! If you're not lucky though, you could end up with a very mediocre meal which doesn't satisfy.
Still, trawling through the Bazaar is quite a nice thing to do once a year!