KUALA LUMPUR: Despite complaints from customers that prices at Ramadan bazaars are rising each year, the annual affair remains popular among food-loving Malaysians.
Punctuated by long queues, people carrying bags of food, and woks and grills filled with all sorts of delicacies, Ramadan bazaars have plenty to offer.
Housewife Rozie Zabidin, 56, said she did not mind spending a bit more on food as it only took place once a year.
“The prices can’t remain the same as traders can’t control the prices of raw items.
“There are only five of us in the family, so I don’t want to spend so much time cooking. We should spend more time doing good deeds,” she said when met at a popiah basah queue at a bazaar here.
Clerk Gee Mohd Isa, 43, said bazaars in places such as Batu Caves and Setiawangsa offered cheaper food and drinks, but upmarket bazaars like the one in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) sold more unique food items.
From favourites such as ayam percik and roti john to quirkier fare like halal mojitos and burgers topped with blow-torched mozzarella cheese, the TTDI bazaar draws many foodies.“This is my first time here. MakanTV and YouTube have been promoting it and it looks interesting. The prices are a bit steep but the quality is good,” Gee said.
Shaiful Zahari, 36, who works in customer service, said it was worth paying more to get a delicious meal to break fast with.
“There are so many interesting things here (at the TTDI bazaar) that my friends and I want to try,” said Shaiful.
Satay vendor Yusri Abbas, 43, conceded that the cost of overheads kept increasing but said he could not afford to raise prices for fear of losing customers.
“People would be put off if I did that,” said Yusri, whose RM1 mutton satay is a hit among his customers.