It is the holy month of fasting! You know what that means, BAZAARS! It’s everywhere, but many of you already know which bazaar to go to if you want to get specific things. I just wanted to share with you that in this month of Ramadhan, the types of food people hunt for!
What are you waiting for? Let’s hop on the list!!
Murtabak is one of the most hunted food during Ramadhan because you can rarely find this delicious goodness anywhere other than bazaars during this holy fasting month. A generous amount of minced meat (chicken/beef/lamb) marinated in egg wrapped in thin layer of dough similar to Roti Canai with other vegetables like cabbage, mixed vegetables, and spring onion will give your tummy a warm welcome to dinner!
Truth be told, murtabak is a filling meal to eat on its own but it’s best when you share with your friends and family as a snack in between meals to change up your taste buds unless you’re only planning on eating the murtabak as your dinner. Served with pickled sliced onions and curry or Dahl.
#2 Tongkeng Ayam (Honey Glazed Chicken Bum Bum)
Since young, my grandmother has told me to avoid eating tongkeng ayam (chicken backside) because it will make me talk non-stop. But I’m sure it’s just an old lady’s superstition, even without the tongkeng ayam, people still do talk a lot!
In Ramadhan, the chicken bum is one of the most craved food as it is hard to find this elsewhere, even in night markets. The meat is glazed with honey and roasted on high heat. Oh the smell just melts your heart, and the taste, mmm don’t even get me started. It’s one of the best parts of the chicken to eat! Nyum!
#3 Roti Jala (Net Pancake)
I grew up eating this even when it’s not Ramadhan because my mother makes them, but ever since moving out to the big city, I rarely get to enjoy roti jala (net pancake).
Roti jala is loved by many, as the batter of the pancake is not heavy you can eat as many rolls of it as you like. It is very traditional Malay dish usually homemade and served at events like wedding and festivals. It is usually eaten in sets of three or four with curries, especially chicken curry, as a substitude to rice.
Which is a good option if you want to switch up your meal, roti jala only has 108 calories and white rice has 199 calories, however, the total fat in the roti jala is higher than in rice which is 3g to 0.4g. But I think this is comparing one roti jala to one cup of white rice, I’m not a nutritionist, I apologize if I said anything wrong.
#4 Ayam Percik
Where do I begin to explain this deliciousness? Ayam percik is well known to be sold in a large amount, so you better be sharing this with someone if you’re planning to watch your weight, if not go ahead and dig in.
The chicken is coated in spicy coconut milk and saturated cream and is grilled with charcoal to give that charred flavor while the sauce bursts in your mouth with every bite!
#5 Variety of drinks
This is literally one of my favorite things to look for in Ramadhan bazaars, the variety of drinks are insane, the packets are huge and they’re super cheap too! You name the type of drink they sure have it (not alcohol please), not all drinks are in one bazaar but they’re separated. Like the mango juice in SS14 bazaar always has a long queue and some even took their creativity to the next level, last year a stall called Air-vengers came out in Puchong Perdana bazaar!
#6 Kuih Pelita
This is one I love most in Ramadhan bazaars! The kuih pelita also known as tepung pelita. The salty-sweet goodness and the softness will literally melt in your mouth. This kuih originated from Perak and it is the traditional Malay kuih of the state.
What more can I explain about this? It’s too delicious and you can only enjoy this once a year, so grab all the Kuih Pelita(s) you can right now!!
What better time to eat lamb than Ramadhan! You don’t normally get to purchase glorious lamb so easily with a good price. There is a wide variety of lamb being sold in bazaars, you get skewered lamb, grilled lamb, stir-fried lamb, and etc!
Let’s be honest, how often do you go to kenduri? Not many kenduri will have lamb as well, so why not take this time of the year to savor the juicy meat!!
No, it is not brain-brain. Otak-otak is a grilled fish cake made of ground fish meat mixed with tapioca starch and spices. I know you can get this almost everywhere, but let’s not forget how great of a snack these make! Plus they sell them rather cheap in Ramadhan bazaars so grab ’em while you can!!
#9 Rendang Ayam/Daging
Need I say more for the appetizing bowl of Rendang? I bet I can make you drool just by looking at this picture (because I am drooling right now). Which is your favorite Rendang? Beef or chicken? Share with me!!
What goes best with Rendang? LEMANG! Let’s see a show of hands who here loves lemang?
Ramadhan is the only time in the year people will make and sell lemang (not forgetting about Raya). If you haven’t tried lemang and don’t know about lemang I’m here to explain its goodness to you!
Lemang originated from Indonesia and it is a traditional food made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, and salt, cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick lined with banana leaves in order to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo. Sorry to say this but lemang taste 1,000 times better than Nasi Himpit for me, but that’s just my opinion. What about you?
Now that you know our take on the 10 most hunted and craved food during Ramadhan, go ahead and enjoy the rest of the month stuffing your face with all the goodness before you have to start your diet all over again!