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Ramadan Foods in Malaysia and Singapore

When celebrating Ramadan in Malaysia and Singapore, millions of Malaysian Muslims spend their hours of the day avoiding food. It makes sense that the food that awaits them at iftar (the breaking of the fast at the end of the day) is good, hearty and traditional Malaysian food that warms the soul and rewards the Muslim regular after their day of sacrifice.

Ramadan bazaars are filled with those Malaysian dishes: curries, rendang , porridge, roasts, and rice cakes in endless varieties, along with a few innovations here and there. “Every year, passing malam always introduces new foods,” says Abdul Malik Hassan, owner of Selera Rasa at Adam Road Food Center. “This year, the popular meal was onde-onde churros, dipped in a palm sugar sauce.”

Traditional food becomes even more important as Ramadan gives way to Eid al-Fitri ( Hari Raya Puasa in Malaysia and Singapore).

During Hari Raya, families go to ” balik kampung ” (back to their home villages ) and converge in family gatherings: “Most of the houses have really big parties,” Malik explains. “For Hari Raya, we always go to my grandmother’s place: the night before, we will prepare the food, everyone will help each other. In the morning, the food will be served as a buffet, and we eat, it is a family affair ”.

The dishes on this list reflect the most popular foods during Ramadan and Hari Raya – you’ll find them in abundance if you stick to the scene of passing malam or if you are invited to a Hari Raya open house.

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Bubur Lambuk – Soup for the start of the day

“During Ramadan, we started fasting around 5 o’clock to 7 pm,” explains Malik. “Before 5 am, we eat, but we will not eat spicy food. We eat non-spicy food like soup and porridge. ‘ Bubur lambuk is one of these types of food that Malaysians like to eat for suhoor, or the food before sunrise.

Bubur lambuk is a rice porridge with a variety of ingredients, including sweet potatoes, prawns, beef, and herbs. Bubur lambuk is a comfort food, favored more for its easy-to-digest constitution (and lack of spices) than for its flavor. Bubur lambuk is also traditionally served free to the public during buka puasa , after sunset, when Muslims are free to break their fast.

The preparation of bubur lambuk is a community event, sponsored by corporations in urban areas of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia, and prepared in large batches to feed entire communities.

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Ketupat: an icon of Ramadan

Ketupat is a dumpling made from rice cooked in a woven palm leaf container. The rice is cooked inside the woven bag, as the rice absorbs water, expands, and the palm leaf container compresses the rice mass. Ketupat is never eaten alone; During Eid, diners cut the covering from the palm leaf, remove the rice cake, slice it, and serve it with beef, satay, and other Eid favorites.

For the Malays, ketupat is a symbol of Aidilfitri, in the same way that the mistletoe or a Yule log is a symbol of Christmas in the West. This tradition may have originated with the Javanese of Indonesia, for whom the name ketupat resembles ngaku lepat , or “admitting one’s mistakes”: seeking forgiveness is a main theme of Ramadan.

A favorite rice cake for Hari Raya is lontong : compressed rice cooked in a rolled banana leaf, resulting in a cylindrical shape. Cut into small pieces, lontong is usually served alongside meat or vegetable dishes, including gado-gado , curry, and satay.

For the traditional Hari Raya festival, “lontong is a must,” declares Malik, who prefers his Hari Raya lontong served in lemak or curry sauce.

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Ramly burgers: a must in any Pasar Malam

You won’t find these unassuming Malay-style burgers at a Hari Raya farm party, but these sell like hotcakes at most Ramadan Pasar Malam .

Ramly Burgers taste nothing like their Western counterparts – each bite is rich in Malaysian spices and Worcestershire sauce, the scrambled egg envelope adds extra body to the mouthfeel.

The Singaporean government frowns at the Ramly burgers arriving from across the road; Ramly’s frozen patties are regularly confiscated at the border. Locally made Ramly burgers have filled the demand for these Malaysian street food favorites; You can order a special Ramly at any malam pass in Singapore, without fear of arrest!

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Rendang – Rendered to perfection

Rendang is a beef, duck, or chicken preparation that has been slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices for a few hours. (Preferred spices for rendang include ginger, turmeric, lemongrass, chili, and blue ginger or galangal .)

The long cooking time reduces the sauce and allows the spices to soak into the meat. As the oils are filtered and the moisture evaporates, simmering becomes a frying process.

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Kuih Lapis – Covers of meaning

Kuih lapis is a Malaysian dessert that seems particularly beloved during Ramadan: a layered dough made of alternate thin sheets mixed with tapioca starch, coconut milk, pandan leaves, and sugar, colored separately and stacked on top of each other. .

The dish was invented in Indonesia, but is now as appreciated in other Muslim countries in Southeast Asia as an iconic Ramadan food – one that seems to complete the Ramadan experience!


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