I used to go to these Ramadan bazaars when I was still in school. Volunteer to get the evening papers, stuff a few coins in my pocket, and I would trot down to the bazaar (oh behold my dedication to the “triangle” – kueh lopez – and otah). I haven’t been to one in at least a decade, and I thought it would be fun for us to visit one this year – just to see what has/has not changed, and erm, for otah.
We went to the one in my old neighbourhood in Jurong. Pleasantly surprised to find out that they still hold one in the exact same void deck, and that the bazaar has increased in scale!
And those were just a fraction of what was available at the bazaar (and obviously we were there for food). We also bought humongous packs of snacks and were almost smooth-talked into buying a (at least) 1-kg packet of corn chips by a dear makcik. There was just so much liveliness and activity that for a moment I forgot how dead Singapore feels to me lately.
The Ramadan bazaar at Jurong West takes place till this Friday 17th August 2012. The bazaar is held at the void deck of Blk 425 Jurong West Ave 1. If you’re travelling from Lakeside MRT, take buses 187 or 98 and drop at the bus stop after Hua Yi Secondary School (you will pass by the Esso petrol station). If you’re travelling via some other means, there is always gothere. Parking is available at the HDB car parks in the area.
If you’re game for crowds, the Geylang Serai bazaar is huge.
Please be discreet about eating in the bazaar, as it is still fasting period. We were gobbling down otah when we realized :[
Before starting on this entry: I essentially knew Ramadan as the month of fasting and Hari Raya Puasa as the festival that comes after it, to celebrate the end of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims observe fasting during the day, and only partake in meals just before dawn and at sunset.
Now: A slightly more learned me knows now that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The pre-dawn meal is known as suhoor, and the latter as iftar. Thank you, Wiki.