• Caroline Donough

Ramadan Bazaar USJ 4

As far as street markets go, I love the Christmas markets of Europe. They're magical. I mean, what can I say? I'm a sucker for twinkling fairy lights and dreamy sweet treats. Throw in a smattering of snowflakes brushing my face as they fall gently from the sky and I'm mesmerised. It would be amazing if we had Christmas markets here in Malaysia... plus snow! Obviously we don't, but you know what? I can't complain because we have a pretty nice alternative in the form of Ramadan bazaars here in Malaysia that serve up luscious Malaysian flavours, and you know what? They're actually quite awesome.

Every Ramadan in the last few years, my mum has not once failed to ask, "Shall we go to the Ramadan bazaar and see if there's anything good to buy for dinner?", knowing full well that there's plenty. I've come to expect that question each year... which, knowing my mum, is more of a request than a question. 😁

e-Caroline.com | Ramadan Bazaar USJ 4

Apam balik

Anyway, this evening the folks and I decided to grab some grub from Ramadan Bazaar USJ 4. And if there's one thing I love, it's dessert, so I made a beeline for a kuih stall the minute we got there. I bought seri muka, onde-onde and bingka ubi. Yum. Then came the wafting aroma of apam balik baking at a nearby stall and I just couldn't resist, so...

Yeah, I know, I know. Me and my sweet tooth.

Anyway, moving on to buy a proper meal next, we went for our latest food crush, Nasi Mandy Arab. The stall that sells it really stood out because of the long line of customers queuing up to get their fix.

e-Caroline.com | Ramadan Bazaar USJ 4

I took this shot of the vendor scooping our order!

This stuff isn't cheap and in case you're wondering, the prices are:

Nasi Mandy Arab - with 1/4 chicken: RM15.00 - with 400g+ lamb shank: RM30.00 - saffron egg: RM2.00

But it was delish, so it was worth it.

Oh, and by the way, let me just talk really quickly about a char kuey teow stall there that we really like, which we've been to a couple of times since Ramadan started. It's operated by a husband-and-wife duo, and if I were to describe their char kuey teow in two words, it would be "affordable magic". I mean, this stuff is great. Fried, sizzling hot and tastes so good. Seriously, I'm not even kidding. Check out their prices:

Char Kuey Teow - with kerang (cockle): RM5.00 - with udang (prawn): RM6.00 - special (cockle and prawn): RM7.00

I know, right?

e-Caroline.com | Ramadan Bazaar USJ 4

Fried-to-order sizzling hot char kuey teow

They may be street hawkers but in my opinion, their char kuey teow is comparable to that sold at pricey restaurants, which makes them the David to those Goliaths. They cater to events, too, and can be reached at 017 296 7357 (ask for Mizi)... even after Ramadan. I'm a fan of theirs (and David), so just thought I'd give them a quick shout-out here on my blog.

So anyway, that was dinner. Simple, yet yummy. And my great excuse to maybe visit Ramadan Bazaar USJ 4 again tomorrow! 😁

Note: Prices are correct at time of writing.