Bazaar goes full swing

DESPITE an overcast sky threatening rain, SS8 Sungai Way's Ramadan bazaar was in full swing with many stalls set up as early as 4.30pm.  

A multi-racial crowd had begun trickling in by 5.30pm, and within the hour, the 50-odd stalls with their gaily-coloured umbrellas were thronged with those seeking sustenance after a long day of fasting.  

Only a few days into Ramadan, and business has been good.  

By 6pm, the 50-odd stalls with their gaily-coloured umbrellas are almost drowned with customers.

Just about anything is sold here, from fried and honey-barbequed chicken to chicken rice, fried and soupy noodles, the provincial nasi campur, satay, murtabak, and various kuih as well as drinks. 

Like any pasar malam (night market), every Ramadan bazaar has its popular or unique stalls.  

At the SS8 Sungai Way bazaar, the usual ayam percik stalls were missing. However, honey-barbequed chicken wings were sold instead. 

While nasi campur, noodles and chicken rice stalls are common, some stalls enjoy exclusivity. 

Alipah Jamayah Osman’s stall, for instance, is the only bubur lambuk stall around. 

Alipah, a first-time Ramadan bazaar trader, brought her mother all the way from Teluk Intan to cook the bubur lambuk

Business has, so far, been good. Alipah and her siblings, as well as her business partner, Vernon, have set up other bubur lambuk stalls in PJS 8, Taman Medan and Desa Mentari.  

Night market trader Jumaah Demin, has been trading at the bazaar since it started three years ago.  

“My family and I have been trading at these bazaars for about 20 years,” she said while packing her speciality pecal (a traditional salad) into boxes. 

Jumaah (right) with her colourful array of kuih.

Popular kuih at her stall include popiah and a Kelantanese dessert called Akok.  

Jumaah wakes up by 7am daily to make kuih with the help of her children. 

“By 6.30pm we would have finished selling off most of our items. Business is more profitable during Ramadan,” she said.  

During Ramadan, Nik Minah Nik Hassan, 45, stops selling nasi lemak at her usual stall at Seri Setia morning market in SS9. 

Instead, she sets up her stall at the Ramadan bazaar by 4.30pm. Her Ramadan fare comprises a variety of main dishes and kuih

“We have a mix of dishes from Kelantan and some from other states,” said Nik, who is from Kelantan. 

“I do my marketing every morning, and start cooking by 10am so everything is fresh.  

“This is my first year trading at this bazaar. The crowd here is not bad. There are still people buying food after 7pm, so we break fast here, and close shop only at 7.30pm,” she said.  

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