ramadan won't be the same without this famous popiah basah
We had a nice lazy weekend...celebrating Mid-Autumn festival and even managed to squeeze in a visit to the Ramadan Bazaar, just before it started to pour. One of my ever favourite places is Section 14's Ramadan Bazaar as you get one of the best popiah basah in town.
well worth the wait...
It is so good that you must queue ages, as there is so much demand for the popiah. This year, I decided to stand there and watch them do the whole wrapping sequence.
stack of popiah skin
I even managed to capture it, so see my flickr set for Section 14. I love watching how they wrap these popiah....first place all the skins in rows, then add two types of sauces - the sweet one and then the spicy one. Then sprinkle the bean sprouts, the cabbage and the chopped egg. Sprinkle a prawn and fried shallots. Once everything is assembled, wrap it up and place in containers for people to take home... Very different from Popiah SS Ali in Shah Alam, as instead of making sure each popiah gets an equal amount of toppings, they tend to push the popiah fillings downwards, whenever they wrap. I reckon it could be due to the lack of space they have to spread the popiah skins but at least here, there is a proper control of ingredients.
purple agar agar with egg white
While, I was snapping away, someone came over and asked if I had a blog since I obviously wasn't a professional camera person from a publication (kinda obvious since I use such a puny camera versus those ultra canggih ones). She was amused to find out who I was and she even ended up at the bazaar because she read my posts! Cool! Am glad the bazaar posts seem to be getting to people to try out these places. I was even more surprised to see even Hannah Tan had her Ramadan Bazaar posting during the weekend. Positively made all the guys drool as she was eating a kuih keria.
I love these serunding dusted rice cakes
Even though we got there quite early, there was quite a crowd rushing around to buy food. Luckily we got a parking space nearby even though we had a little trouble getting out, as people were double parking everywhere.
bones bones bones....from sup tulang
I spied all those familiar people, at the beginning of the road and around the field. New ones were the roast lamb chap. This time, one whole lamb was being cooked. Also saw them cooking pieces of it on a hot plate.
pulut panggang in a neat little row
What else we spied? There was this interesting recycling campaign going on also - recycle the tetra-pak containers. Seems if you give in a few containers, they give you back shopping vouchers in return. Kinda good initiative to start everyone recycling.
we tried waiting for this putu piring but gave up when the rain started
I wanted to look for my favourite putu piring stall - the one I have eaten since very long ago. That couple now has a permanent stall in USJ2 and one at Section 17's pasar malam. Sadly they were not around but we did find one stall. Tried to queue up for it, but gave up as the rain started pouring down.
Another plus point about eating here, is the seafood choices here. There's the famous Gerai Sri Melaka, nearer to the field and the first stall selling clams and all kinds of seafood.
even more enticing seafood
This year, there is a new stall selling the portugese version - wrapped in foil and cooked on a hot grill. Somehow people seem to prefer the old type - cooked over banana leaf and slathered with loads of sambal.
roasting chickens...over a charcoal fire
Everything looked good - down to the chickens being roasted over a hot charcoal fire, the satay stall next to it and the stall selling pulut panggang.
there's even roast lamb nowadays
I loved those stalls selling all the curries - Minang style and the nasi ulam one with the bubur manis. Had to resist buying from them, as I know I won't be able to finish everything.
or just plain old murtabak
Murtabak or roti john are good choices, if you want a simple meal since it's packed with loads of minced meat.
rarely seen Kelantanese desserts - jala emas and nekbat
One lady was selling the ultra rich and sweet Kelantan kuih - jala emas and nekbat that looks like teardrops. Made from duck eggs, they are very sweet (soaked in syrup). Not many places seem to sell this though. First place I have seen with these kuih, this year.
pau sambal seems very popular here
The deep fried buns filled with sambal seem to be very popular here, spied a few stalls selling in. One even had a huge stack of it.
I love the colours of this pecal or gado-gado
Somewhere down the field, I found this stall selling pecal or gado-gado. What attracted me was the pink coloured crackers they had on top. Very striking! For more pictures from previous years, click on 2007's entry.