Two days in a row…

When we were at the Bandong Ramadan Bazaar on the 2nd Day of Ramadan, I did walk past this stall…

Eko Corner nasi kuning ayam berempah

…and the very nice and friendly lady caught sight of me. She could still recognise me even though we hardly ever get to meet except at this time of the year. She asked if I wanted her nasi kuning ayam berempah but I said it was Friday and we were not eating meat that day. Smiling away very pleasantly, she replied, “Tak apa! Datanglah esok!” (Never mind, come tomorrow!)  and that was what I did the very next day and of course, that meant that we were there two days in a row!

I did not take note of the price the previous day and when I saw that it was still RM5.00, the same since 2015, I must say that I was very surprised considering that everything has gone up in price by leaps and bounds since then. They seemed to have “downsize” somewhat though – the chicken rendang and the sambal options were no longer available so all one would get here would be their nasi kuning (yellow rice)…

Nasi kuning

…and their ayam berempah (chicken with spices)…

Ayam berempah

…and this tofu and long beans combo…

Tofu and long beans

…plus some sambal cili (chili dip).

When I ate it that evening, I was kind of disappointed as it did not taste as nice as before and looking at my old post, it seemed that they had some sambal tempeh then but not anymore. I added some of the tempeh left over from the day before and somehow or other, that brought it to a whole new level and I really enjoyed it after that.

This stall next to it…

Nasi kak wok stall

…seemed to enjoy brisk business but I did try their nasi kak wok once and no, it did not sweep me off my feet. However, it sure looked like they had a wide range of options one could choose from…

Nasi kak wok stall, menu

…now so perhaps, the next time I drop by this bazaar again, I would buy something from them to try.

While I was there, I saw somebody selling buah kurma (dates), boxes and boxes of them displayed on a table outside his little shop and they were all the celebrated Yusuf Taiyoob ones…

Buah kurma, Yusuf Taiyoob

My friend, Merryn, seemed to love them so much and would feast on those come Ramadan every year. Even my girl knew of it – she said she saw the commercial on tv, the one with the girl whispering, “Yusuf Taiyoob!!!…Yusuf Taiyoob!!! I bought the moist-looking ones, those with honey – the rest were all on their tangkai (stems) and looked kind of dry so they did not appeal to me. I tried them after dinner that evening and yes, it was very nice and my girl loved them too so I packed some from the box (500 gm/RM13.00) for her to take to her school in the jungle and enjoy them there.

In the meantime, my missus went to this stall across the road from the nasi kuning ayam berempah and the nasi kak wok ones selling sotong bakar (grilled squid)…

Sotong bakar

…and ikan bakar (grilled fish)…

Ikan bakar

It looked like they only had ikan pari (sting ray) but that was fine with us – my girl likes it…so the mum bought a slab for her to take back to her school to eat in the course of the week.

The next day, on our way back from my girl’s school, we did pass by this Ramadan bazaar around 10 miles from town but it looked very crowded – there were so many cars parked till very far away alongside the road so we did not bother to stop by – after all, my main intention was to bring my girl around to see if there was anything she fancied and since she had gone back to the school for the week, there wasn’t much of a point then. Maybe when we go and pick her this Friday and if they are open already by the time  we are on our way back, we will go and see what they have in store this year.

THE BANDONG RAMADAN BAZAAR (2.314192, 111.825581) is located around the shops at Jalan Bandong and all along Bandong Walk, somewhere around the primary schools and the surau in the vicinity.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

14 thoughts on “Two days in a row…”

  1. It is the time of the year to visit Ramadan Bazaar again, I will be going to the one at Geylang Serai again this year, they have many “innovative” foods other than the traditional ones but I am more interested in the traditional and conventional ones

    When my parents were around and they happened to be in Singapore around Ramadan, they would definitely make their way to Geylang Serai. My mum loved the place so much.

    1. I saw these dates selling at NTUC Supermarket recently, are dates related to Hari Raya in one way or another?

      It seems that they eat one (or more) at the breaking of fast, will provide instant energy or something like that. Probably good for other things as well, I wouldn’t know.

  2. If price unchanged for many years then the portion must go down because raw material has increased in price. Hope Melissa can get to buy more food that she likes from the bazaar when you all go again this weekend.

    School breaks off this Friday and we will have a month-long holiday here. Looking forward to that.

    I don’t mind a slight price increase provided they do not shortchange buyers on quality. After all, what has not increased in price these days?

  3. Since everything has gone up, I won’t mind they increase the price a bit and keep everything the same like before instead of cutting down. I love those dates too.

    Absolutely! I agree with you 100%.

  4. Every year my man would buy those dates but he only ate few. I don’t fancy them. This year, he hasn’t bought any (yet).

    Hope weather is good today, maybe will drop by at the nearby bazaar and buy dinner. ^^ Fingers crossed!

    Raining here all morning, can’t do much gardening, just a bit here and there in the shaded areas.

    I did buy or try those dates before but they did not leave an impression. These that I bought that day were really good. I may go back and buy a few more boxes since my girl loves them too – the moist ones with honey added.

  5. ooo, the ayam berempah looks smashing – can assume it’ll be an mini-explosion of nicely spiced flavours 😀

    Yes, I’m glad that they have maintained the great taste of their ayam berempah. Consistent.

  6. Even our supermarkets here are selling dates for Ramadan.

    It seems that their holy prophet ate dates for his breaking of fast and besides, they have a whole lot of health benefits too.

  7. Too bad there is no ramadan bazaar near my office. There should be one near where I live but since my partner isn’t into these things, I don’t get to go 😦

    It is a lot a fun, looking at all the things on sale, mingling with the people, exchanging small talk – the good vibes is therapeutic! I do enjoy going…provided the day is not too hot.

  8. It’s only a week into fasting and I am already at my 5th box of kurma. Haha. I love those soft and moist kurma but William prefers those with the tangkai ones so we will usually buy both types but I will end up finishing all myself also.

    LOL!!! The tangkai ones look so dry, old and shrivelled…

  9. HAHAHA!! Yesterday I was telling my mom, Yusuf Taiyoob is back already. LOL!
    Ohh, I like Ikan Bakar and Ayam Percik.
    I wonder what is Nasi Kakwok Bonda. 🙂

    Nasi kak wok is a Kelantan specialty, dunno about the bonda. Maybe it’s just a name to attract people, everything cooked by mum is supposed to be good.

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