With the onset of Ramadhan come the profusion of bazaars that mushroom all over the city. These foodie hotspots are filled with local delights that draw crowds from all around. Ubiquitous with the holy fasting month, they set up in the early afternoon and are in full swing from around 4pm onwards.
If you’re wondering where to head and what to eat while you’re there, we’ve got you covered. You’ll find these concentrated food markets everywhere, but here are five that demand a visit!
Where: Jalan Raja Alang,
Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
Located in the heart of the Malay enclave of Kampung Baru, this bazaar is one of KL’s most famous and runs along Jalan Raja Alang. They say one eats with the eyes first, and this bazaar proffers a visual feast that astounds.
A spirited atmosphere prevails among the long stretch of food stalls which offer everything from ayam percik (roasted/ grilled spiced chicken) to the special Roti Goreng McGyver (we’ll leave you to discover this one for yourself). Make sure to also swing by the Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa stall (among the city’s best nasi lemak) and grab a bowl of bubur lambuk – handed out free at the local mosque just down the road.
Where: Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3
Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Lovers of biryani should make a beeline for this popular Ramadhan Bazaar in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. The fluffy and fragrant version (a traditional Johor style) you find at the 1001 Beriani Gem stall is some of the best in the Klang Valley. Available with chicken, lamb or beef, you simply can’t go wrong with it. That’s far from the only delicacy here though, and other must tries include the popiah basah (a sweet and fresh Southeast Asian spring roll) and the pulut udang, sticky rice that’s been grilled inside a pandan leaf with a spicy kick of shrimp sambal.
Where: Jalan Telawi 1,
Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur
While smaller in scale, this bazaar is big on variety. Located behind Bangsar Village on the hustle and bustle of Jalan Telawi, there’s a wealth of delights to break your fast to here. Famous is the murtabak, a type of stuffed-pancake which you can find all throughout Southeast Asia. It’s pretty easy to spot this stall as it has a permanent line stretching from it. Follow the crowd and your nose! Other classics here are the decadent roti boom (the thicker, denser cousin of roti canai) and the custardy kuih pelita which are the perfect sweet ending to any meal.
Where: Kampung Datuk Keramat,
56100 Kuala Lumpur
Noteworthy in this large city bazaar is the Roti John Titiwangsa, an omelette sandwich with minced meat that ranks as one of the most popular street food snacks in Malaysia and Singapore. It’s a great alternative to a burger and the perfect way to fill up an empty belly. Don’t miss the lauk either – if you like creamy, aromatic sauces then this will be just up your alley. Dishes like chicken kurma, udang sambal and curries of all sorts make up the colourful assortment. This, plus all the regular favourites are on display at this busy inner-city bazaar.
Jalan TAR – Masjid India
Where: Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur
With over 450 stalls, this massive food market is among the most popular in central KL. Just minutes from Bukit Bintang and easily accessible via LRT, Masjid India is already a beacon for shopping with a vast variety of goods, from clothing to textiles, available in the area. During Ramadhan, the area blooms with an all-embracing Ramadhan Bazaar that offers a melting pot of delights. The spread is flush with Indian delights like putu mayam and muruku (snack staples), smoky grills charring all sorts of meats, and the renowned Mak Wan’s Nasi Campur (mixed rice) that’s usually sold out by 5pm. If you want some, get there early!