There was also a lovely golden yellow pumpkin version with niblets of pumpkin flesh scattered around the cake.
I had blogged about the kuih bakar earlier on but this was the first time I saw a savoury version. The lady called it kuih bakar berlauk and it looked like they had made savoury kuih cara but used a kuih bakar mould to bake it.
Most of these bazaars have a selection of cold drinks which you can buy by the packets or jugs. They come in all sorts of colours and flavours. These seem to be quite common in the bazaars; the pink air bandung (rose syrup with evaporated milk) that has bits of pink agar-agar inside and the brilliant green honey dew drink.
To save time when the crowd comes, the drinks stall will usually pack their items ahead. These multi-coloured packages caught my eye as they came in rainbow layers; black for the grass jelly, red for agar-agar bits, yellow sago balls, green cendol bits topped with the black and white selasih (Malay for basil) seeds.
During the ramadan season, after fasting for the whole day, you need lots of liquids and some people survive on soupy diets. There will be stalls that sell soup in a big pot like this one and you can order them plain or with rice/noodles.
I have been discovering different versions on how they barbeque whole chickens (ayam golek). I liked this one which consisted of thick steel rods that rotated over a smoky grill to make perfectly golden brown chickens.
Another version of kuih cara, this one has corn bits inside them.
What stood out at this bazaar was the varieties of agar-agar they were selling. There were two stalls peddling them and I was fascinated with the colours and what they had put into them. These ones below came in three colours (you only see two in this picture); the white one with cendol and grass jelly bits, a pinkish one with pink agar-agar bits and grass jelly and an orange one with orange agar-agar bits and grass jelly bits.
First time I have ever seen this, bread agar agar! Slices of bread are laid on the tray and agar-agar mixture is poured on top. I wonder what it tastes like?
This stall also had their version of banana agar-agar which had pieces of bananas, green agar-agar bits in a coconut milk agar-agar base.
The second stall had various types of agar-agar which they had pre-cut. When I took these pictures, it was too sunny for me to notice what they had put inside them. I only noticed that the top of the agar-agar has Marie Biscuits in them when I looked at them on my pc.
I love the multi-coloured layers of this agar-agar with their technicolour pink tops. Reminds me a bit of the colourful Bassets Dolly Mixtures.
I am not too sure what they added in this particular one but it looks like a type of bread or sponge on top while the bottom layer is agar-agar with green and pink agar-agar bits.
(Take the LRT to the Universiti stop and alight from there. Walk out of the station and cross the road. The stalls are in front of the low cost flats and behind the hawkers on the roadside)
The local Star paper ran a series of articles on bazaars in Petaling Jaya in their Metro section. It looks like those were the journalists I saw at the bazaar in Section 17 last week. Links to the articles are below which will be "active" for a week before it is archived.
- Bazaar goes full swing (Section 8, Sungai Way Ramadaan Bazaar)
- Favourites aplenty (Section 17 Ramadan Bazaar)
- Wok-ful of noodles (Section 17 Ramadan Bazaar)
- Heavy traffic does not stop Ramadan crowd coming (Section 14 Ramadan Bazaar)
- You can't miss this "cendul" (I think this is Section 14 Ramadan Bazaar - no mention in the paper)
- Swimming with fishes (I think this is Section 14 Ramadan Bazaar - no mention in the paper)
The paper edition also published a list of the Ramadan bazaars with the number of stalls which is not available online and the biggest stalls allocated is for Jalan ss 6/1, Kelana Jaya with 200 stalls while the Section 17 and Section 14 have 100 stalls each. Taman Medan has 150 stalls while the Section 8, Sungai Way one featured in the Star has 80 stalls.