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Guide to Hari Raya and the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2017

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In celebration of Hari Raya, look forward to food, fun and festivities this June at Geylang Serai

If you didn’t already know mama, Ramadan has just kicked off last week! For Muslims that means going a month without food or water (yes, even water) from dawn to dusk, before Hari Raya Aidilfitri rolls around. If you’re wondering, I’m doing fine – albeit hungry – but fine, thanks for asking!

We’ve told you about all the happenings at Geylang Serai throughout Ramadan, but managed to mention very briefly on the star of Geylang Serai: the Ramadan Bazaar. With food and shopping taking centre stage, people from all over Singapore make the yearly pilgrimage to the bazaar in search of the latest eats, threads and decor – we heard it attracted over 700,000 visitors last year!

Food

If it’s your first time at the Ramadan Bazaar, you’re in for a treat. Food is among the main attractions and people come from all over the island to visit the fair for all the yummy delicacies it has to offer. You’ll find classic bazaar fare like Ramly burgers, keropok lekorpercik style chicken wings, vadai (savoury fried snacks, sort of like doughnuts), takoyaki, Turkish kebabs and air kathira (a sweet, milky drink best known for its cooling properties) in almost every other stall you visit.

This year though, vendors seem to have upped the ante with even more Instagram-worthy eats (because going ‘viral’ on social media is everything) — like rainbow bagels, unicorn-themed desserts and drinks, and colourful burgers (think Spongebob’s ‘pretty patties’) best reserved for the more adventurous foodies. They still stock our faves though, like dendeng (or beef/lamb jerky), otah-otah (fish cakes wrapped and grilled in banana leaves), churros, ice cream and thirst-quenching Thai milk tea.

Check out the vendors you shouldn’t miss below! Do note that there are a mix of halal-certified, Muslim-owned and non-halal certified/non-muslim owned stalls. We wanted to be as accurate as possible in case you’re looking out for your faves!

21 Sliders – juicy mouthwatering burgers
555 Thai Tea
Alley SG – multi-flavoured drinks
Azalea Thai Sweet Treats
Bangkok Cafe
Boom Biryani – briyani and more
Broke Buddies
Broti SG – delicious drinks
Cafe Patani
Cake Love
Chulop – churros!
Coco2Go – all things coconut
Coyoro – dragon’s breath (meringue frozen with liquid nitrogen, making you breathe out ‘smoke’ as you eat it!)
Dat Fro Handpressed Juices
Dendeng Duo
DNS Specialist – cool sparkly flavoured drinks
Drift Folks Co. – fun biking track for the kiddos! $5/8 mins
E’Choco Fruits
Elt-Ra
Everybody’s Bistro
Fairyfloss – all things rainbow!
Fritters Alchemy
Halal Boys
Happy Rollies
Hipster Mix
Hook’d on Fish
Iceburnz – churros, milkshakes and sandwiches
Ikan Tangkap Sendiri – delicious otah-otah that I personally tried and absolutely loved!
In.foodsg
Istanblue
Istanbul Turkish Kebab & Grill
JC Creative Food
KalaThai
Kalye Manila
Kathira Shiok
Katoshka
Kawkaw SG
Kebab Souq
Kek Gulung Pelangi
King Kentang
Koh Nangkam – Thai restaurant on Jalan Pisang makes their amazing Thai Milk Teas to-go
Kreyv
Lawa Bintang
Loco Loco SG – Thai Milk Tea soft serve, churros and more
Macarons.sg
Matin’s Special Benjo
Meat My Meat
Melaka Chicken rice ball
Milk Bites
Mr Kebab
Mr Kuking
Mr Q dragon breath
Mr Teh Tarik
Mr Tiga Layer
Mr Vadai
O’Braim Lite
Overdose
Over The Rainbow
Oyster Changster
Perghh SG
Inno Event Organiser
Pokeritto
Pondok Aneka Bakaran
Popaganda – healthy popsicles and sorbets
POPPIN Soda
POTION Labz
Rainbow Works
Scoopz
Simply Lamb – all things lamb!
Smoolot
Sofnade
Sotong Brothers
Stop & Go – a variety of fries!
Sweet Freez – drinks
Take a Bite
Tasconi’s Pizza
Thai Cha Chak
The Botak BBQ & Grill
The Icy Paradise – Korean bingsoo!
The Jumbo Cookies and Milk
The Kambings
The Kopi Kia
The Raclette Factory
The Slurp Shack – colourful noodles in a bag
The Wicked Cream
Unicorn Tears
Uyi Savoury Squids
Waan Cha
Warna Warni Kueh Raya
WaTamago
Word Fast Food – rainbow bagels
Yummers in The Tumz – crepes, churros, soft serve, half-half drinks, lolly waffle
Zapalangsg

If we missed any of your favourite vendors, let us know in the comments mama!

Shopping

The usual suspects can be found here at the Geylang Serai bazaar, like your traditional yet stylish Hari Raya clothing for ladies, men and kids, jewellery, carpets and curtains.

Tips

Make sure you go early! Stalls open as early as 11am. And let me just get this out of the way mama – it’s going to be HOT. Bring a portable fan if possible, and have a small towel ready to keep sweat at bay! Comfortable shoes are always a great idea, and if you’re too worn out from walking through the bazaar, get yourself a delicious drink or dessert to share with the hubs and bubs, and chill by the roadside to catch a breeze. Also be prepared to brave the crowds as everyone will be trying to get their hands on food to break their fast with!

All the details!
When: Now through 24 June 2017
Where: Along the stretch of Changi Road between Joo Chiat Road and Paya Lebar Road
Time: 11am till late
How to get there: Alight at Paya Lebar MRT, go out the main exit facing Paya Lebar Square, turn left then turn again at Guardian. Walk in the direction of One KM and Tanjong Katong Complex

Keep up to date on highlights of the bazaar and more Geylang Serai Ramadan and Hari Raya festivities on www.facebook.com/HariRayaLightUpSingapore2017, mama!

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