From rolled ice cream in taco-shaped waffle cones in colourful hues to hearty items like black pepper beef ribs and tulang or lamb shank served in a bucket, the annual Hari Raya Bazaar at Geylang Serai always has a wide array of fun and fancy food offerings to choose from.
There are also classic street food items including otah (spiced fish paste), vadai (shrimp fritters) and ayam percik (spicy grilled chicken), as well as okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) with various fillings, burgers and crumbed squid.
Sip on iced and blended drinks such as Thai iced tea and virgin mojito.
The popular bazaar opened last weekend and features about 3,000 stalls selling food, clothes and other festive products.
It was bustling when The Sunday Times visited it on Wednesday and Thursday last week. There were about 50 stalls selling food items.
Indeed, the bazaar is one of the highlights during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Other bazaars over the Ramadan period include ones at Woodlands and Tampines.
New offerings at the bazaar in Geylang Serai include an edible helium balloon made with sugar, chicken meatballs with satay gravy, seared beef with mentaiko sauce and an icy mango slushy with mango sorbet and fresh mango.
During Ramadan, the day usually begins with a predawn meal, or sahur, and ends with a meal at dusk, or iftar.
The end of Ramadan is marked by a celebration known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid ul-Fitri, which falls on June 15 this year.
The Sunday Times has put together a guide on where to break fast this year. Opt for a buffet or set meal at a restaurant or snack on street food at the Hari Raya Bazaar.
Here is the lowdown.
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Good eats at the Hari Raya Bazaar
What: Ikan 1986, which has taken up a stall at the bazaar for the last 30 years, has seven types of otah on offer, including original, prawn, squid, crab meat and scallop.
The otah is made of minced mackerel and a fragrant blend of herbs. The shop also sells pulot bakar, or grilled banana leaf-wrapped pillows of coconut glutinous rice with fillings such as dried shrimp, chicken and beef.
Where: Ikan 1986, stall numbers TK 5 and GS 246
Open: 4 to 11pm, daily
Price: From $3 to $4 for five otah, depending on the flavour. Large otah parcels cost $4 each. Pulot bakar costs $1.50 each
BEEF RIBS WITH BIRYANI RICE
What: Bite-sized pieces of roast beef are tossed on a griddle and slathered with a black pepper sauce. It is served in a cup with fries or biryani – opt for the tasty biryani unless you like soggy fries. Lamb ribs and popcorn chicken are also available.
What: Sofnade, known for its ice cream, is offering hot food this year. Go for Mee Kuah Tulang, lamb shank with yellow Hokkien noodles in a spicy gravy, as well as chicken meatballs in satay gravy.
Where: Chef Syed X Meatballs In A Bucket by Sofnade, stall number GS 243/244. Meatballs In A Bucket is also located at TK4.
Open: 3.30 to about 11.30pm, daily.
Price: Mee kuah tulang $7 (only at GS243/244), Meatballs $9
What: Beat the heat with a large cup of mango slushy. In a separate bowl placed atop the slushy are scoops of mango sorbet and chunks of fresh Australian Kensington Pride mango.
Where: Super Mango, Stall number 58
Open: 3pm to midnight, daily
What: Corn taco shells are filled with freshly grilled dendeng, or beef jerky, and topped with shredded cabbage and fresh pico de gallo, a Mexican tomato salsa.
Where: Dendeng Duo, stall numbers WGS 40 and GS 203
Open: 4 to 11pm, daily
Price: $6 for two tacos
ONDEH ONDEH POFFERTJES
What: Tuck into Dutch baby pancakes or poffertjes, which are made to order at Cake Love. Flavours include red velvet and Nutella. For a local twist, try the ondeh ondeh pancakes with gula melaka syrup, fresh coconut and shaved gula melaka.
Where: Cake Love, stall number WGS 37
Open: 4 to 11pm, daily
Price: $6 for 10 baby pancakes
What: The vadai or shrimp fritters here, which are light and fluffy, are made on the spot and fried in batches to ensure they remain hot and crispy.
Where: Mr Wadeh, stall number GS 14
Open: 4.30 to 10pm, daily
Price: $2 for three pieces
• The stalls are located at the Hari Raya Bazaar in Geylang Serai, along Tanjong Katong (TK) and Geylang roads, as well as Sims Avenue, near the Geylang Serai market (GS) and Wisma Geylang Serai (WGS).
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