The best time to sample Malay food is during the month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, which this year started on 6th June 2016, Muslims are expected to abstain from all food and drink, from dawn until dusk. Open air food markets called Pasar Ramadan or Ramadan Bazaar sprout everywhere in late afternoon…basically every mosque has its own Pasar Ramadan. At these Ramadan markets you can find a variety of the best Malay food which is otherwise hard to find during the rest of the year…most Pasar Ramadan stall owners only operate during this one-month period.
It’s important to remember that the vast majority of customers are buying food that they cannot eat until much later. The breaking of the daily fast does not happen until about 19:30, and even then, the main meal is not usually taken straight away.
There are several Ramadan Markets in Kepala Batas….the best is definitely the one near Masjid Badawi. With hits like nasi tomato, nasi biryani, barbecued fish/meats, assortments of coloured drinks, murtabak, laksa, fresh lemang with rendang along with a whole array of kuihs and roti johns, you’ll be sure to go home with packets upon packets of delicious dishes to feast on…most of the time we will bring back a lot more than we can consume!
Here are some of my favourite stalls.
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