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It is the holy month of Ramadhan and when we talk about the month of Ramadhan, the first thing that comes to mind would definitely be “what to buy at the Ramadhan bazaar?”

The Ramadhan month would not be complete without the highly anticipated bazaars. It is undeniably one of the main attractions of this holy month where everybody regardless of races, age and gender can get their hands on the awesome food for sale!

As we all know, Malaysia is known for its variation of food, which is why every Ramadhan month, you will surely be able to catch all sorts of different food that range from a wide variety of choices.

Here are some dishes that are considered the-must-buy food from Ramadhan bazaars.

Ayam Percik (Grilled Coconut Spiced Chicken)

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Ayam percik is considered one of the most famous food in every Ramadhan bazaar. The popularity of the uniquely cooked chicken is clearly because of its strong aroma of spices which will immediately make your tummy grumble! The dish which comes from the east coast of Malaysia is marinated with fresh local spices and is grilled thoroughly for that fantastic taste and colour. When the satay-like-tasting chicken is eaten together with its spicy peanut sauce, it is simply irresistible!

Bubur Lambuk (Lambuk Porridge)

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Those who go to the mosque are surely familiar with this dish. Lambuk Porridge is a plain porridge with side dishes and it is usually the kind of dish prepared after the Asr prayer (afternoon prayer). So basically, the Lambuk porridge is actually just a white rice porridge mixed with various kinds of vegetables and side dishes including potatoes, prawns and meat. The sweet smelling porridge is often the preferred choice of many because it is easy to eat and also easily digested.


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Also called martabak, this is a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread which is commonly found in Saudi Arabia. It comes from the Arabic word “mutabbaq” which means “folded”, which is how the dish is made as the dough which is inserted with minced chicken or meat along with eggs and onions, is folded and cooked on a hot pan. The murtabak is often eaten with curry, dhaal gravy or syrup-pickled onions.

Roti John

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Though the origin of the name is unknown, Roti John is essentially an omelette sandwich. Although it seems like a simple dish, it is still high in demand at every Ramadhan bazaar. The bread which is stuffed with eggs, meat, onions, tomatoes and more is definitely the perfect meal after a long day of fasting.

Tepung Pelita (Double-layered Rice Flour Dessert) 

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A type of Malay traditional rice cake which consists of green-coloured rice flour as the bottom layer and coconut milk as the top layer, wrapped in a banana leaf. This cake is very commonly found at Ramadhan bazaars and is especially famous in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia too.

Popiah Basah

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Better known as just popiah around Asia, in Malaysia it is known as popiah basah because the Malaysian version of popiah is actually fried popiah, and this is not. Popiah is a spring roll dish commonly found in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Originated from Fujian, popiah is famous among the Malays in Malaysia even though it has Chinese origins. It is usually eaten with sweet chilli sauce sprinkled with grains or fried onions.

Ikan Bakar (Charcoal-grilled Fish)

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The sweet aroma of grilled stingray, catfish, toli shad, or sea bass is hard to ignore, especially when you are fasting. Marinated with a mixture of spices and paste – sometimes with shrimp paste or sweet soy sauce – it is then thoroughly grilled. Eat the fish with sambal and lemon juice along with hot white rice and the flavours are simply the best!

Kurma (Date Palm)

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Finally, the mandatory food of the Ramadhan month. Though it is small, a single date palm and a glass of warm water or milk is able to provide you ample energy and satiate your stomach. According to the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, the practice of breaking fast with palm dates originated from the Middle East. Not only is the practice healthy as the fruit contains high nutrients and calcium, it also gives great blessing to the person consuming it.