KUALA TERENGGANU: Having their sahur (pre-dawn meal) by the beach at Pantai Batu Burok to cool ocean breeze and the sound of the waves beating the sand has become popular among the locals here since five years ago.
This year, the atmosphere has become more festive with more traders selling delicious food in the “Car Food Sahur” which has attracted even more people to the site.
Most visitors chose to have their sahur by the beach with a mat laid out although some eat with family and friends on a small table.
Meanwhile, traders liven up the scene by dressing in traditional attire with batik sarongs and baju kurung.
A trader Muhd Afiq Mohd Noor, 25, said the crowd was bigger this year, with about twice more visitors than before, while there are now 30 traders compared to 25 last year.
“I have been trading here for the last three years. This year, business is so good, I have to replenish my stock of sotong bakar each day to meet demand.
“In three hours, I can sell about 200 grade A sotong bakar served with Thai sauce at RM14 to RM20 each,” he said.
Western food seller Qairun Natasya Ramli, 19, said by midnight, the beach would be packed.
“We start selling at midnight until 5am. What is interesting here is that every trader has to sell a special dish which cannot be the same as any other stall. This gives the visitors more choices,” he said.
Hamim Umairah Abd Latif, 26, said she found out about Car Food Sahur when it went viral on Facebook last week.
Muhammad Azizi Abd Aziz, 23, said the Car Food Sahur has given youths like him many choices for sahur.
“For outsiders like me, the Car Food Sahur helps me forget the loneliness of eating sahur without my family in Tumpat, Kelantan,” he said. — Bernama