Ramadhan bazaars continue to be a popular multicultural foodie destination, whether diners are looking for convenience or variety in their meals. It’s common to see throngs of hungry crowds willing to sweat it out under the evening heat for a taste of something delicious. From classic fried street food fare to new incarnations of local dishes, there’s bound to be something delicious for all! Here are the must-have snacks in any Ramadhan bazaar:
1. Barbeque Chicken Wings
Nothing says mouth-watering like a stack of sizzling chicken wings against a fiery grill, dripping with succulent juices over charcoal stones and emitting the sweet scent of an aromatic glaze. The dish’s simplicity gives the cook creative licence to serve a different flavour each night to keep diners interested. It’s no surprise that this hot favourite is a common sight in bazaars – it’s consistently easy to prepare and popular among bazaar patrons.
2. Fried snacks
Malaysians love their fried food, and fried snacks are no exception. An assortment of favourites such as pisang goreng (banana fritters), keropok (fried fish crackers), and cucur udang (prawn fritters) are surely present in any pasar malam. These dishes are great appetisers to whet the appetite before a big buka puasa meal which is why they are such great crowd-pleasers.
Middle Eastern influences have brought about many delicious dishes to Malaysia - one of which is the murtabak, a savoury pancake stuffed with minced chicken or beef cooked with eggs, garlic and onions. The pancake is then folded onto itself and pan fried on a searing flat wok until golden brown. The aroma it creates is unparalleled and is a sure way to drive inquisitive, hungry diners to your stall.
A regular snack in any food bazaar, a great satay is defined by a good balance between perfectly grilled lean meat and juicy fat on a single stick. Do it right and people will be queueing for more than one stick. Don’t forget its signature accompaniments – flavourful peanut sauce, cucumbers and red onions.
Nothing attracts a hungry, indecisive diner like a huge skewered block of meat set against a scorching electric grill. Because it’s grilled by layers and basted frequently, the meat is soft and moist without being overcooked. It’s typically served on a warm pita bread with vegetables and a drizzle of chili sauce and mayonnaise, but special toppings and dressings from seasonal ingredients can take this crowd favourite a notch higher.
6. Ayam Percik
A rich marinade turns regular chicken into Ayam Percik, a classic favourite during Ramadhan. Chicken pieces are marinated overnight in coconut milk, turmeric powder, lemongrass, and other herbs and spices before being skewered and grilled over hot coals. The prep may be lengthy but it’s rightfully paid off the moment your diners take a bite of that mouthwatering meat – the reason why it’s a must-have in any buka puasa meal.
As a food operator, it is advisable to anticipate and review food demands from customers from time to time – as determining hot selling items helps in the long run for a profitable business. Remember though, that as long as the food is good and the price is right, people will keep clamouring for more!