ALTHOUGH the sun was beating down relentlessly during the third week of Ramadan, shoppers did not mind sweating while visiting the Ramadan bazaar at Perak stadium for delicacies.
One of the most popular bazaar spots in the city, traders were seen setting up stalls here in the hot weather as early as 3pm.
With around 170 stalls open for business, the stadium was a lively, bustling scene with the aroma of delicious food tantalising the senses.
Long-time trader Zulkefli Ali, 57, came all the way from Lenggong to sell an all-time favourite Perak speciality to the locals here - pekasam ikan.
“The dish is very famous in Lenggong because the fish we use comes from the freshwater lakes around the area like Tasek Raban.
“We ferment the fish for two weeks with salt, rice and asam jawa, which is our family recipe, before grilling them.
“I have been perfecting our family recipe for more than 30 years now,” he said, adding that beef pekasam was available at the stall as well.
Also served piping hot on the dish trays in front of Zulkefli’s stall were the freshly fried pais goreng and telur ikan.
It is clear that the pekasam ikan is one of the most sought-after dishes during the fasting month, as he said the 80 pieces he prepares daily is sold out most days.
Other popular delicacies at the bazaar were kebab ayam and ayam golek madu, sold by trader Apy Napiah, 40.
She said while the kebab ayam is a staple of her family’s business throughout the year, she only prepared the ayam golek madu for Ramadan.
“We prepare around 100 whole chickens daily using my own selection of herbs mixed with honey.
“They are grilled on a large, hot charcoal bed for around 40 minutes and we expect them to be quickly snapped up by our customers everyday,” she said.