Asia City Bazaar Ramadhan 2012 (KK)
I was fortunate to visit Kota Kinabalu, Sabah during the Holy Month of Ramadhan (the Muslim month of fasting) before the Islamic New Year. During this month long Ramadhan, Muslim across the world would fast between dawn to dusk and abstinent from drinks and food. It is during this time that, food stalls are being set up selling food and drinks to allow the Muslims to pick up some food items to break fast. The make shift stalls are typically set up by mid afternoon.
As Malaysia is a typically Muslim Country, you would see such food stalls set up outside amongst anywhere where there is a mass body of people such as near mosques, office buildings and bus terminals. The one I visited was at Asia City.
In the morning, there were stalls selling fresh produce such as poultry and vegetables like a typical market. I am not sure if the stalls are there all year round or only during the month of Ramadhan.
Stalls selling plants to decorate the home for Haji Raya
Vegetable Stalls being set up along Asia City
There was not much of a crowd in the morning and some of the stalls are pretty much empty when I was there at about 8:45am. However all that changes in the afternoon where cooked food stalls were being set up and selling to the crowd of people looking to pick up some snacks and food to break fast with.
It gets crowded in the afternoon and you would rub shoulders with people from all races.
There are no dining area or chairs along the food stalls as the foods were made for takeaways.
There are delicious grilled fishes and stingrays which are grilled on the spot
One very popular dish was the Nasi Briyani and you find many food stalls selling them at different price points ranging from RM2.80 to RM9 and comes with a variety of ingredients.
Roti John (Eggs, Onions and Beef/Chicken Omelette on French Loaves) and Martabak are also some of the local favourites at the Bazaar.
There are Chicken and Beef Kebabs, Grilled Chicken Wings, Soya Sauce Marinated Beef Lungs and Grilled Bishop Nose (Chicken Butt) being sold
Satay (Grilled Meat on Sticks) are also a popular dish. What can I say, Malay food are just yummy
Apart from complete dishes, you could pick up dishes at the bazaar with or without rice
On the way back, you could pick up snacks to complete your meal
There are packet sweet drinks like chendol and sugar cane drinks which help you break your fast.
The bazaar would conclude the evening before Hari Raya Puasa on August 19th 2012 so if you have not visited the Ramandhan Bazaar, it is certainly not too late. If you are there, do pick up a few dishes and I am sure you would not regret it.
To all my Muslim readers, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri