It’s that time of year again, where the smell of ayam percik fills the air and you discover that your stomach isn’t a bottomless pit. Yes, the bazaars are back and so, we have adopted a ‘divide and conquer’ end-game whereby specific bazaars are singled out for the great food they’re known for.
The people have spoken last year (well, on Twitter anyway) to say that the food at Kampung Sungai Penchala (off Taman Tun Dr Ismail, PJ) is superb. Look out for the dessert selection here as it is pretty immense. Queues of people always snake around the murtabak vendor (with its hearty fillings of meat and egg) and Kelantanese food stalls. The nearby TTDI bazaar (along Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3 and 4) is a good alternative. Succulent roast lamb is paired with roti arab and you can find an old favourite too – smoky, scrumptious ayam percik.
The Kampung Baru bazaar (Jalan Raja Bot, KL) have stalls that have a penchant for putting a lot of deep-fried items on a stick – crabs, fish balls, quail’s eggs and fishcakes to name a few. Traditionalists can stick to the rendang tok and pulut durian. The ever-present kebab stalls are always worth a visit. Take a trip to Kelana Jaya (Jalan SS6/1) and you’ll find ayam golek – glistening rotisserie chickens roasted in mini-ovens. There are also all sorts of wobbly jellies on sale here in a kaleidoscope of colours.
Over in Shah Alam, their bazaar (Section 13, next to the Melawati Stadium) sells glorious ikan bakar, tempoyak and very popular roti john. Look out for the vendor selling halal ‘beer’. Massive jugs of cendol are also very cheap here. At Puchong Perdana’s bazaar (off Jalan Bandar 12, Pusat Bandar Puchong), it’s all about the poultry stuff, or more specifically the ayam panggang and puyuh percik. The ikan panggang is also popular and comes a close second. The cheap and cheerful kuih-muih stalls are nothing to scoff at either.
The Bandar Tun Razak market (Taman Tasik Permaisuri carpark, Jalan Yaacob Latif, off Jalan Loke Yew) abound with Kelantanese delights (small treats like beko and akok) and you can pack in a full meal at the nasi kukus ayam dara stall. If you find yourself in PJ, look out for the Section 14 bazaar (Jalan 14/28) and indulge in popiah basah, sup tulang and kerang bakar. Syazlynia Rahim