Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ramadan Bazaar 2010 @ Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

bright red strawberry jelly

Rain rain...please go away especially when it's ramadan bazaar time.... This dreary weather is definitely putting a damper for this ramadan. Nevertheless, I do have snaps I managed to capture right before the raindrops began to fall on my head.

sweet pastel steamed kuih apam tepung beras

Taman Tun Dr Ismail's bazaar seems to be shrinking as the years go by but it still remains a favourite among many especially on Sunday when it is combined with their night market. I spotted old favourites like the pastel coloured steamed kuih apam tepung beras stand. They're always here every year and there's something so delicate and pretty about their teeny weeny steamed goodies that I can never resist a snap.

whole roast lamb

We spotted something unusual this year that made our mouths salivate - whole lamb being roasted over a charcoal fire. The shredded lamb meat is paired with toasted roti arab that gets an extra delicious touch since the drippings from the roast lamb are dribbled on it when the bread is being toasted. Unfortunately the rain came too soon or else we'll be chomping on the roast lamb between the grilled roti arab. I guess that is the incentive to return for that.

roti arab to go with the roast lamb

If you come early, you'll notice a lot of prep work goes into each the murtabak man who has to fry up each dough parcel filled with a meat and egg mixture until it is crispy on the outside. Or the Indian ladies who are frantically frying up deep fried treats like vadai and a batter filled with spices and curry leaves.
the making of a murtabak - lots of eggs and legwork

We're early hence we get gorgeous pictures of uncut jellies - freshly moulded from their round metal trays. They look so pretty with their tops decorated with fresh fruits - strawberries, mango and kiwi. The same stall also sells creme caramel - that sweet wobbly concoction that is favoured by many. You can buy them in two versions: sliced from a large piece or packed in individual plastic containers.
cute kid

This year seems to be the year of the lemang....almost every bazaar sports a stall selling lemang this year. For the Taman Tun Dr Ismail stall, it is set up just like a lemang stall with the bamboo sticks placed around a fire. There's even beef rendang to complete the whole ensemble to satisfy your glutinous rice cravings if you can't wait for the Raya celebrations.
creme caramel all packed and ready to go

As we venture near the fruit stalls from the night market, I manage to catch some enthusiatic customers buying and eating their durians on the spot. It looks darn tempting as they seem to be enjoying their creamy pungent durian thoroughly.

lemang with rendang

Another commonly seen trend in most bazaars, green coloured Khatira drink. This sweet tasting drink has biji selasih or those froggy eggs (basil seeds for the technical) in them and taste nice and refreshing especially chilled. As we were early, I didn't spot the infamous briyani rice stall and putu piring stall. I guess it warrants another revisit soon when the rains stop.

durian crazy

I didn't realise I have not been to TTDI for a few years, till I looked up my old blog posts. If you don't find the TTDI stalls satisfying, drive down the road and look for the Sg Penchala one, just before the entrance of the village. It's quite small and compact but offers an alternative.

Ramadan Bazaar TTDI

Along Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3 and 4
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
Kuala Lumpur

For more pictures, see my Flickr set. To view previous ramadan bazaar pictures on TTDI, see my 2005, 2006, 2007


Michelle Chin said...


I wish there are such bazaars in Melbourne.

thule a.k.a leo said...

going to all of the Ramadan bazaar this year too? I remember that you went to most (if not all) of the bazaars last year right???
Break your record :)

choi yen said...

I saw that whole lamb last Sat when I passby there!!!

Ellen Whyte said...

You take such GREAT pictures. I'm horribly jealous.

UnkaLeong said...

Oh No...I need to make my way to this Bazaar soon! ;)

vialentino said...

nice lemang picture....

Anonymous said...

your artical is so funny!! it make me so happy!!..................................................................

Kenny Mah said...

Lemang and rendang and durian oooh... a nice Ramadan trinity, ja? :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

now thats definitely something i would pay for to eat in melbourne, some murtabak or the lemang with redang!

iL4na said...

i bought the lamb the other day, agak kedekut for RM8, not so much of meat served in between 2 arab breads. the black pepper sauce did it good though.

Cooking Gallery said...

Lovely snapshots of street snacks! Makes me want to 'jajan' ;)!

Ciki said...

mah fav;)

J said...

Oh man... *drool*
Have been meaning to visit this Pasar Ramadhan but yeah, the rain has been putting me off.. :(

Rarebeet said...

I love apam! Hard to find nice ones these days. Great! Now I'm going to be having cravings allllll week!

Sha said...

used to live in ttdi now in scandinavia... saw your pics and said 'aiyoooooooooooooooooo.. i wished i was home in ttdi now!!!'

thanks for sharing these great pics and wonderful write up.


qwazymonkey said...

Ur right. Over the years, despite its shrinking size, it's still my favourite place along with Kelana Jaya's. And I love going to TTDI for the lemang closer to Raya. Can't wait

boo_licious said...

michelle - nvr mind, u have all those yummy food mkts full of Aussie produce.

Leo - I'm taking it one step at a time this year as weekends get kinda crowded hence I can't really plan much.

Choi Yen - hee hee, I'm in TTDI every wkend anyway, since we need to stock up food for the kitties.

Au & Target - but u write so well, hence I'm also jealous. We shld trade skills one day, I snap pixs and u write for me???

Unkaleong - hee hee, better get there before they make all their monies and pack up.

vialentino - thxs!

Life for Beginners - sounds like a start of a poem!

Joe - am sure there's Malaysian restaurants around to satisfy yr cravings.

Lanostzz - I guess not cheap? Shld compare with the one in Melawati as they also do something similar.

Cooking Gallery - thxs. Yes, I also want to jajan.

C&C - nice catching up tday!

J - yeah, I hate the rain too as it means traffic jams which I always hate to the core of my bone.

Paps - am sure yr area will have loads since it's a Malay area?

Hiya Sha, awww I'm glad to bring a slice of home for you.

qwazymonkey - yes, those lemang stalls are one of my must stops every year.

Flower said...

Wow, mcm2 makanan baru2 iye. Tapi yg I paling minat, buah pulasan dan mangosteens. I bought some mangosteens a few weeks ago. 1 biji AU$1.75 from Perth Woolworths. Since my girl loves mangosteen, I bought 10 biji. Just imagine for that price, I can buy kilos n kilos of it back home. :(

Unknown said...

mantab, i like it slurrrrp aah

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