The Best Ramadan Bazaars in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Vendor selling cuisine at street bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Vendor selling cuisine at street bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © ThamKC / Shutterstock
Michelle Leong

Step into the vibrant world of bazaars, where the air is filled with the enticing aroma of delectable street food, and a myriad of colorful stalls await your exploration. These bustling markets come alive with energy, showcasing an array of unique products and mouthwatering dishes. However, time is of the essence, as the best food and offerings are often gone by evening. So, set your alarm and join us on a journey through these lively bazaars, where getting in early is the key to unlocking a treasure trove of delights before the day is done. Let’s dive into the excitement of the bazaar experience, where every moment counts in discovering the finest treats and treasures.

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TTDI

Vendor selling cuisine at street bazaar in Malaysia

It’s like TGIF, but quicker and smoother on the tongue — and we don’t mean pronunciation! All kinds of nasi (rice) can be found here: nasi lemak (rice stewed in coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaf), nasi tomato (tomato rice), nasi hujan panas (colorful rice cooked in various spices), nasi padang (steamed rice with assorted dishes), etc. You name it, TTDI’s got it.

Kampung Baru

Vendor selling cuisine at street bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This mile-long Ramadan bazaar will have you eating, eating, and eating some more. You’ll find all the nasi in TTDI, as well as bubur lambuk (a traditional porridge served during Ramadan in Malaysia), fried chicken, samosas, and chicken kebabs.

Bangsar

Grilled spiced chicken or ayam percik in preparation

In Bangsar, you get the best of all the bakars: ikan bakar (grilled fish), sotong bakar (grilled squid), and ayam bakar (grilled chicken, also known as ayam percik). Get yourself one of these delights at this short but packed market, and then down it all with a side of fresh coconut.

Stadium Shah Alam

Vendors selling cuisine at street bazaar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One of the largest Ramadan bazaars in town, this place is brimming with classic Ramadan hits, including nasi kerabu, ikan bakar, chicken rendang, and all the kuih-muihs (Nyonya bite-sized rice flour cakes) you can eat.

Bukit Bintang

Vendor selling cuisine at street bazaar in Malaysia

Rich enough to live within the Triangle? For the silver-spooned, even Ramadan comes to you. The bazaar here features aromatic biryani, crispy curry puffs, charcoal-roasted lamb, and every kind of pulut (steamed glutinous rice) under the Malaysian sun.

Kelana Jaya

Tau fu fa

If you like your Chinese takeaways, you’ll like it here at Kelana Jaya. Halal dim sum, char koay teow (fried flat noodles), and Chinese pao are typical appearances at this bazaar, and you may even want a tau fu fa (sweet beancurd dessert) to cap off your Iftar meal.

Melawati

Tepung pelita at street bazaar

One of the most crowded bazaars in town, you’ll find all the classic Ramadan pickings here, with a bonus of the famous ayam tempayan (claypot-baked chicken), the much-loved tepung pelita (traditional rice flour dessert wrapped in banana leaf), and the tauhu anora (fried stuffed beancurd).

Masjid India

Vendor preparing traditional murtabak cuisine at street bazaar in Malaysia

Gastronomic delight comes in the form of putu mayam (string hoppers), serunding (meat floss), murtabak (stuffed pancake) curry puff, and tandoori chicken. Food here tends Indian-Muslim, given its location near the old mosque Masjid India. If you’re here for more than food, the textiles and toys are also for sale.

Bandar Tun Razak

Find your roti here, including roti canai (fried flatbread), murtabak, and the famous roti John. For less than a fiver, an ice-cold drink can be yours; add another ringgit and you’ll have yourself a spicy nasi lemak (coconut rice with spicy shrimp paste), too.

SS13

Don’t underestimate the new kid in town, because this bazaar features a number of the most popular vendors from Subang Jaya’s once-famous bazaar at SS18. Drop by for chicken wings, satay, murtabak, and a varied palette of European and Chinese cuisine.

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