Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Why Ramadhan is a Wonderful Month

Another good article of why I love Ramadhan as well as why tourist shout visit Malaysia during Ramadhan. I mean look at those yummy food! :)

Photos by G.C. TAN and CHAN BOON KAI

THE spirit of the holy month of Ramadan is in the air with Ramadan bazaars selling a myriad of colourful and flavourful delicacies to Muslims and their non-Muslim friends.

One such bazaar is at the Masjid Imar Ibnu Al-Khattab in Bayan Baru which features more than 100 stalls selling mouth-watering dishes such as satay, murtabak, popiah, ayam percik, grilled fish, fried noodles, kebab and a variety of local kuih.

Stall operators there were spotted opening their stalls as early as 3pm on the first day of the fasting month on Monday.

A large crowd of Muslims and non-Muslims were seen thronging the bazaar from 5pm onwards to buy their favourite delicacies.

Farizan Chehassan, 22 and Mohd Firdaus Abdul Hammid, 21, preparing grilled chicken.

A check at the bazaar also revealed that most of the stall operators did not increase their food prices.

Among the popular stalls at the bazaar with patrons seen queuing up was the one operated by Rosmi Hussein who sold traditional savoury dishes such as curry chicken, rendang, chilli fish and a selection of cooked vegetables.

“I have been operating the stall here for the past 17 years, offering more than 40 dishes to satisfy our customers’ craving,” he said when met at his stall.

Dates seller Jamaludin Ali, 48, said the juicy yellow dates were popular during this year’s fasting month.

“Although other variety of dates are sold, the ones in demand are the big, juicy yellow dates as customers prefer to go for the fresh ones,” he said.

In Alor Setar, the Ramadan bazaar at the open space of Darul Aman Stadium also drew a lot of people.

One stall, operated by Noor Fatin Marzuki, 20, and her brother Nazrie, 23, was a hit for their ‘laksa buyong’.

Noor Fatin, who hails from a family of laksa sellers, has been selling laksa at the Ramadan bazaar for seven years since she was in Form One.

Her mother, Rosinah Ahmad, 40, and sister Noor Izzati, 21, operates a laksa buyong stall at Simpang Kuala, Alor Setar, while her father, Marzuki Ismail, 46, runs another laksa buyong stall at Tandop, Alor Setar, for the past eight years.

“The special recipe of laksa buyong was passed down from my mother’s father. Laska Buyong is a traditional way of cooking laksa or laksam. Its taste is much better than laksa or laksam cooking using ordinary pot or aluminium cooking ware,” said Noor Fatin, whose laksa buyong cost RM2.50 per packet.

Ramadan is a time of repentance and prayer, of performing good deeds and charity.

It is also the month when Muslims fast to experience what hunger is like and to learn self-control.

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