MEHMET OZAY - KUZEY NEWS AGENCY
Ramadan markets have been established in almost every Malay city during Ramadan. The traditional foods sold in the markets allure not only Muslims, but also non-Muslims seeking exotic tastes as well.
Like 'Christ markts' which are traditionally founded during Christmas Eve in many European countries, the Ramadan market in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur reached its 30th anniversary. Blending smells of meat and fish on the one hand and leverages, sweets and pastries on the other, the markets have created a unique environment.
The market gets crowded as the fast-breaking time approaches and chefs cook out in the open. As the chefs continue their cooking shows, demonstrating local methods, people gather around them to watch carefully
The traditional Ramadan sweets can also be found in the market. Generally called "kuih muih" in the local language, the sweets are made of chocolate, cream, tropical fruits, sugar, rice and several spices.
Although it seems not very appetizing for all the visitors, Malays cannot give up these sweets. Sweets from Chinese cuisine, Pau or dim dum, are also sold in the market.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of South Asian cuisine including Malay palatal delight is the rice cooked without oil and salt.
Another Malay taste people line up for is popiah basah. It is a mixture of various vegetables with hot sauce put on a thin phyllo pastry. On normal days, people wait in line for up to two hours to buy it.Last Mod: 19 Temmuz 2014, 15:02