Yeap (left) attending to some customers keen to try the dim sum.
MUSLIMS now have the option of purchasing halal dim sum at the Kelana Jaya Ramadan bazaar.
Dim sum is a Chinese steamed dish best enjoyed with Chinese tea.
It is commonly served at breakfast and is now gaining popularity with other ethnicities in the country.
Aisyah Yeap, 54, a Muslim convert, said she always kept an eye out for halal food.
She said there were many suppliers who sold halal dim sum but it did not taste authentic.
“Good Chinese dim sum is commonly made of lean pork meat. Since I became a Muslim, it was hard for me to find dim sum certified by Jakim.
“I finally managed to source for the halal version, which tastes very close to the ‘original’,” said Yeap.
Yeap does not make them herself but gets the dim sum from a supplier who has halal certification.
“This dim sum is made of lean chicken or seafood such as prawns,” she said.
This is the first time Yeap is selling her dim sum at the Kelana Jaya Ramadan bazaar.
She also sells at a restaurant in Kelana Jaya called Restaurant Jamal Mohamed, located opposite Wisma FAM.
Because of popular demand, she decided to sell them at the bazaar as well.
Yeap said the younger generation of her Malay customers from the city were mostly aware of this Chinese delicacy.
“However, their elders are still getting used to it.
“I will take the time to explain what dim sum is to my customers and they will first buy a few pieces.
“Once they like the taste, they will return for more,” she said.
Among the types of dim sum sold are shark’s fin, spicy roll, seaweed and black pepper.
“I sell about four large trays of dim sum and different types of pau,” she said.
The dim sum is priced at RM4.50 (for three pieces) and RM8.40 (six pieces).
The Kelana Jaya Ramadan bazaar is the largest in the city, with 245 business lots.
It has been around for 15 years and is located at SS6/1, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya. The stalls open between 3.30pm and 7pm.
Each year, thousands of people from all ethnicities throng the bazaar to buy traditional and local dishes.
Among the popular food items sold here are ayam percik, roti John, murtabak, fried mushrooms and nasi campur.