The worldwide viral issue of COVID-19 may be an ongoing pain, but nothing can dampen the spirits of Hari Raya. Come April 2021 and the stabilizing number of new daily cases, Ramadhan Bazaars are the next new hot topic for excited Malaysians.

Albeit with social distancing and various SOPs in place, the enticing aroma of ayam percik, murtabak filled with assorted stuffings, Roti John, lemang, and various types of roasted meat beats the dreary effects of COVID-19.

However, inasmuch as you would love to visit a Bazaar Ramadhan, the economy is taking its first steps towards recovery and peak hour traffic is coming back into play. Add on the throngs of cars heading towards the Ramadhan Bazaars, you may just want to hop on an MRT or LRT to avoid getting stuck in traffic and avoid the hassle of looking for a half decent parking spot.

So over here we have listed down the top 5 most popular Ramadhan Bazaars for you to visit this year, within an easy walk of either an MRT or LRT station.

1. Bazaar Ramadhan TTDI

One of the top of the list is the the TTDI Bazaar Ramadhan located in the PJ area. This is one of the most complete bazaars you can find in the Petaling Jaya area, with its variety of kuih, assorted curry to go with rice including curry crabs, satay, and even a kambing golek store.

There are assorted snacks from deep fried jumbo cheese sausages, meat on skewers, and one of the most popular stores with long queues is the pulut udang. There are durian snacks, roti gala, noodles – and almost literally anything else you can think of. Its huge variety of food that is available only once a year is what makes the Bazaar Ramadhan TTDI so popular.

Address: Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 2, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Nearest train station: TTDI MRT
Walking duration: 10 minutes
Walking distance: 750 metres
Location: Google Maps

2. Bazaar Ramadhan Bangsar

Second on the list of Bazaar Ramadhan shops to visit has definitely got to be the one in Bangsar, which is just next to the LRT station. To get to this bazaar, all you need to do is hop onto the Kelana Jaya LRT line and disembark at the Bangsar LRT station. From there, all you need to do is walk towards Bangsar Village.

As common with all the ramadhan bazaars, the Bangsar one has its variety of grilled meat, meat on skewers, murtabak, and Roti John. But what visitors should really try is the putu piring which is a crowd favourite, and the murtabak jala. These two are what many people make their way to the Bangsar Ramadhan Bazaar for. Also, don’t forget to check out the jelly shop here – the owner has a knack for creating beautiful and Instagrammable jellies that you won’t want to miss!

Address: Jalan Telawi 1, Kuala Lumpur
Nearest train station: Bangsar LRT station
Walking duration: 10-15 minutes
Walking distance: 1.2 kilometres
Location: Google Maps

3. Bazaar Ramadhan Kampung Baru

In Kampung Baru, not only do you get authentic Malay food, you also get to bask in the Malay heritage. This bazaar is less than 1 kilometre away from the LRT station, and is one of the biggest and best bazaars in Kuala Lumpur. There are usually over 200 stalls at this bazaar selling every type of food you could ever hope to look for in a Ramadhan Bazaar.

Among the most popular takeaways here include the bubur lambuk which can usually only be found once a year at ramadhan bazaars. Also easily found among the 200 stalls are pasembur rojak, cendol, a variety of home made jellies, and even a roti McGyver stall which comes with sambal sardine stuffings, black pepper beef, or chicken. Also in this bazaar is a famous nasi lemak stall, which is rumoured to sell the best nasi lemak in the entire Kuala Lumpur.

Address: Jalan Raja Alang, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nearest train station: Kampung Baru LRT Station
Walking duration: 10 minutes
Walking distance: 750 metres
Location: Google Maps

4. Bazaar Ramadhan Keramat/Setiawangsa

This bazaar ramadhan is located on the fringe of the city centre, and is the favourite of those who live within that section of the city. There are loyal followers of this bazaar who have been visiting it since childhood, as the food here is said to be some of the best in taste and affordability. There is only one complaint – and that is the food here finishes too fast. So if you want to get your share of food from this bazaar, make sure you make your way here early!

One of the most popular stalls here is the ayam percik stall, which is said to be genuinely Kelantan style ayam percik. In fact, the ayam percik at the Keramat/Setiawangsa Ramadhan Bazaar is so good that those who have eaten it before call it a legend.

Other crowd favourites is the roti bom, nasi lemak with ayam goreng berempah, Roti John cheese tarik that comes with a variety of stuffings with the most popular being beef, and the wide variety of home made kuih.

Address: Jalan Datuk Keramat, 54200 Kuala Lumpur
Nearest train station: Damai LRT Station
Walking duration: 20 minutes
Walking distance: 1.5 kilometres
Location: Google Maps

5. Bazar Ramadhan Bandar Baru Ampang

The final one on the list is the Bandar Baru Ampang Bazaar Ramadhan which is a crowd favourite in Ampang. Located only a short 5 minutes walk of the Ampang LRT station, the Bandar Baru Ampang Ramadhan Bazaar has arguably the widest variety in food offerings of all the bazaars in Kuala Lumpur.

From the usual Roti John and murtabak, there are also delicious curry dishes here like udang sambal meletup, kari kambing mamak, and ikan bakar. There is a wide variety of grilled meat including lamb and beef, an amazing array of snacks, and other savoury dishes such as ayam golek, nasi dagang, lontong impit, and much more.

There are even mini burnt cheesecakes in the form of muffins and chocolate chip cookies for dessert at this ramadhan bazaar. All of these and much more can be found at the Bandar Baru Ampang Ramadhan Bazaar.

Address: Jalan Wawasan 2/5, Bandar Baru Ampang, 68000 Ampang Jaya, Selangor
Nearest train station: Ampang LRT Station
Walking duration: 5 minutes
Walking distance: 1.4 KM
Location: Google Maps

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of these shops are now operating on a delivery basis as well in doing their part to curb the spread of the virus. While the shops are still operating physically, to do your part in curbing the spread of COVID-19 while supporting our local businesses, please do visit their Facebook pages as above to order your food online.

If you wish to visit the bazaars, please do follow the SOPs set in place and pay heed to social distancing, registration of self with the MySejahtera app at each stall you visit, and ensure you use your mask at all times. Don’t forget to sanitize and take a shower as soon as you reach home too!

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(Written by Isabelle, 23rd April 2021)