One of the best things about living in Singapore has got to be the food. There are dozens of food festivals in 2019 alone, but the one I was most looking forward to is the Ramadan Bazaar at Geylang Serai. It’s a one-stop-shop for Muslims celebrating Hari Raya, as they can shop for everything from clothes to carpet and break their fast with drool-worthy food. Over the years, the bazaar has become more contemporary and this year was no different. From Gula Melaka (brown sugar) ice-cream to butter beers (Harry Potter, anyone?) and Hirzi’s latest gastronomical venture, Praffles (a roti prata and waffle combo), here’s our favourite food and beverages that are worthy every penny (and the queues). Enjoy!
It’s going to be hot and humid at the bazaar so you’ll probably be having an ice-cream (or two) to cool off. We tried this White Rabbit Soft Serve ice-cream, $6, and like the name suggests, it tasted like our childhood White Rabbit candy. It’s served with cereal flakes and edible paper made from sticky rice.
If you’re a fan of quesadillas, you’ll love the Cheesy Arayis Chicken. You get four generous sized quadrants that’ll set you back $6 for Chicken and $7 for Beef. It’s flavourful, not too spicy, with just the right about of cheese. We highly recommend you try this.
It’s every meatball lovers dream come true—a bucketful of meatballs complete with mashed potatoes, fries and a choice of either cheese, cranberry sauce or both for $10. We got the chicken with just cranberry sauce and it was pretty good. Definitely on par with Ikea’s meatballs, depending on your preference. Either way, you’ll be getting your money’s worth. Bonus? If you’re short on cash after all that shopping, you can make payment via PayLah!.
We had the Sour Plum Soda from Broti for $4 and we were pleasantly surprised. It combines the sour goodness of a traditional sour plum juice with the effervescent sweetness of a soda. We were initially fazed by the long queue, but in typical Singaporean fashion, we decided to join in and see what all the hype was about—and it was worth it! It’s a really great thirst quencher.
Complete with Gula Melaka and coconut flakes, this Ondeh-ondeh cream, $6, from the Kava Coffees booth was indulgent in the best way possible. It was sweet but not sickeningly so and the ice-cream itself had just the right about of pandan flavouring to tie everything in together. You should definitely #treatyourself with this one.
YouTuber sensation turned TV star turned comedian turned entrepreneur Hirzi Zulkiflie partnered up with Fooditude to front their Praffles (roti prata and waffles combo) for the Ramadan Bazaar. As with any celebrity endorsement, we were skeptical about the product living up to the hype—but it did! We got the Truffle Cheese Praffles, $10.90 and it was delicious up until the last bite.
Nothing says comfort food better than a hamburger and 21 Slider’s offerings were delectably so. We got The American Cheese, $4.50, which comprised of grilled beef, caramelised onions, melted cheese, pickles and ketchup. The beef patty was tender and juicy with every bite, bursting with flavour, but the caramelised onions took the cake. We can’t recommend this enough.
Attention all Potter heads: Here’s your chance to try the Butterbeer IRL without having to travel to the Harry Potter Theme Park in Orlando, Florida . BOO:EH’s $5 halal rendition of the fictional beverage is the perfect libation to end your day. The foam at the top is reminiscent of whipped cream, but a lot more fluffier and lighter, and the drink had just the right amount of bubbly and butter flavour. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out.
For when you need to take a break from shopping and eating, try your luck at the plethora of claw machines peppered around the bazaar. We’re a little ashamed to admit how many times we played it, but, we won this toothless plush toy so it’s all good.
#Protip: Head over around 5pm to beat the crowd. Most of the stalls mentioned in this list will be opened by then.
The Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2019 is located at 32 Onan Rd, Singapore 424484 and is open until Wednesday, 5 June.