Sorry people, I'm continuing the torture for all of you especially those who are stuck overseas and don't have easy access to the Ramadan Bazaars. I did the walkabout at Kelana Jaya's Ramadan Bazaar and it was interesting to see familiar stalls from last year. Not everything stays the same as I also noticed some favourite stalls missing i.e the cheesecake stall which I loved so much that used to be at the top of the road. I did find last year's ladies at the first stall who were busy grilling otak otak in banana leaves on the charcoal grill.
They're also selling Sata which is made from minced fish and is a Terengganu specialty. Ever since I noticed this item, it seems to be getting more popular as every Ramadan Bazaar will sell it.
One of my absolute favourites, Roti Jala that is like a fine cobweb and made from a batter of flour, eggs and milk. It's ideal with chicken curry.
Roti John originated from Singapore but it's also a popular item at the bazaars as it's relatively simple to make. This fella is lining up a row of Roti Johns being dipped in egg. Usually the food is prepared ahead to allow shorter waiting time for all.
There's quite a few stalls selling Kelantanese food like Nasi Dagang, Laksam, Nasi Kerabu and items like this Solok Lada - green chillies stuffed with fish and grated coconut. Another popular item I seem to only get at this Ramadan Bazaar is Lompat Tikam which I featured last year.
Another must have during the festive season is Lemang that is glutinous rice wrapped in banana leaves and cooked on a slow fire in bamboo tubes. Just before Raya starts, you can get them fresh along the road in front of Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
I love the colours of the Tomato Rice which comes with fried chicken and salad. It's all packed for you to just grab and go especially if you're late getting home for buka puasa.
This is getting really popular - the honey grilled chicken wings which offers variety versus the usual ayam percik. If chicken wings are not your thing, you can also have the bishop's nose, liver or the heart that is also grilled using the same marinade.
This is unique to this particular bazaar, the burung puyuh goreng pandan (i.e. deep fried pandan quails). They also sell deep fried pandan chicken which is going for RM1.50 to RM3.50. Must be doing really well as the quails were being snapped up as they were being deep fried in the wok.
You get to see these chicken in rotisserie (ayam golek in Malay) in all bazaars. There are different contraptions, some with charcoal and done open air while there is another variety which is enclosed. I used to frequent this stall but this year, I think someone took over the stall as the chicken is not as fragrant and delicious as I remember it to be.
Roti Boom is another popular item in this bazaar with two versions - the mini one and the normal sized one. The dough is dabbed with margarine to allow it to brown on the hot plate.
Another item unique to this bazaar is the Popiah Beseri (I can't remember if it was Beseri or Besire) but I saw one stall selling lots of this type of popiah together with the usual popiah basah and deep fried popiah varieties. This one is coated in a chilli sauce and sprinkled with lots of sesame seeds.
You can even get rojak here if you fancy something healthy for your meal. Managed to catch this lady in action when she was stirring the sauce with the fruits and vegetables.
This is Splashie Boy's favourite - Kuih Pelita. There are two varieties, a soft one and a harder one. The bottom has a layer of chopped water chesnuts and pandan flavoured jelly while the white layer is made from coconut milk. Usually they sell it in packs of 3, 6, 9 and 12 whereby 3 goes for RM1.
This stall selling various types of bubur was doing brisk business. Usually after fasting the whole day, you can't really eat much so it's nice to end the fast with something sweet and liquid that makes it easier for the tummy.
Something unusual you don't see all the time, badak berendam which is literally translated as floating hippos? These dumplings made from glutinous rice flour is served with thick coconut milk and look kinda like pastel coloured hippos floating on a coconut milk river.
You get all kinds of jellies of various flavours and colours. This type is pretty easy to make whereby strands of egg white is cooked and added to give it a pattern.
One stall was also selling Kopi Kampung which he will grind for you to take home. Looked really interesting and another unique item here.
Besides these stalls, I also saw last year's onde onde stall where you can see them cook the desserts on the spot, cencaru sambal, lots of kerabu, deep fried stuffed bread and etc. Some stalls are established restaurants from the Kelana Jaya area and Subang Jaya area who have opened stalls during this Ramadan season i.e. Nasi Lemak Cikgu, Mat and Bess Briyani from Subang Jaya, Popiah Basah from Old Town PJ and etc.
(If coming from the LDP, turn left at the Taman Megah turn off from the highway. Go straight at the first and second traffic lights. Take the first right after the second traffic light. Drive straight down and you will see the bazaar on the left hand side just next to the flats. This is just before the small Giant supermarket in Kelana Jaya.)