In celebration of Hari Raya, here’s all the food, fun and festivities to experience at Geylang Serai
If you didn’t already know mama, Ramadan just kicked off this 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!
You may have spotted our Instagram stories of all the sights at Geylang Serai throughout Ramadan, and spotted what’s on at 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 – just like last year, there’s even a carnival for kiddos by Uncle Ringo!
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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. The organisers have made sure that at least half of the vendors involved will offer traditional Malay cuisine, so you’ll find lots of classic bazaar fare like Ramly burgers, keropok lekor, percik style chicken wings, vadai (savoury Indian fried snacks, sort of like donuts), takoyaki, Turkish kebabs and air kathira (a sweet, milky drink best known for its cooling properties). We also spotted some stalls selling traditional kueh, perfect for stocking up for Hari Raya!
On the ‘hipster food’ front, as ever there’s a ton of Instagram-worthy eats (because going ‘viral’ on social media is everything) — like colourful decorated waffles, bubble tea-inspired pancakes and soft serves, gourmet meats and more. They still stock our faves though, like dendeng (beef/lamb jerky), otah-otah (fish cakes wrapped and grilled in banana leaves), churros and thirst-quenching Thai milk tea.
Check out the vendors you shouldn’t miss below! Unlike previous years, this year’s collection of vendors is slightly smaller (which means more space!) and are all either halal-certified or Muslim-owned. We wanted to be as accurate as possible in case you’re looking out for your faves!
555 Thai Tea – Classic Thai Milk Tea with grass jelly toppings!
Apam Balik Wak Power
Ayam Geprek Bang Syakir
Bakes by NY
Beef Bro – Beef cubes and torched fresh lobster
Bill & Bell – Hungarian chimney cakes and soft serve
BOO:EH– Homemade butter beer
Broti – Milk tea in Taro, Gula Melaka and Masala flavours, served by the litre
Burgs by Project Warung
Burp Live Station Catering – Lobster rolls (endorsed by Ikhsan Fandi, son of football legend Fandi Ahmad!)
Charkoi – Char kway with sweet toppings like nutella, oreos…
Chulop! – Churros, cinnamon rolls and other delectable sweet treats helmed by Cool Dad Syarif and his wife, Malaque Mahdaly!
Farah Diana Catering & Wedding Services
Fooditude – Creators of the Praffle, a prata and waffle combo
Home of Sushi
House of Mandi
Mrs. Ikan Bakar – Grilled seafood on banana leaves with multiple sauce options
Katoshka – Spiced russet fries with various topping options like beef and cheese
Krumbz n Kraves – Known for their deep fried Argentinean squid tossed in spices
Kucina Italian – Cheese wheel pasta from the famous halal Italian resto at OneKM mall!
Loco Loco SG – Thai Milk Tea soft serve, churros and more
MAD BROS SG – Japanese-inspired street snacks
Meatmymeat – Cheesesteaks!
Mr Teh Tarik
MyLaksa – authentic Penang Asam Laksa straight from Malaysia
Naughtyboyz – mac ‘n’ cheese to go
Nazreen Catering – briyani dam
Pebbles – Belgian waffles on a stick with sweet, colourful cereal toppings
Rainbow Works – the minds behind the viral unicorn-themed drinks from past years now have black milo (dressed up with black feathers) and flavoured drinks in cute bear-shaped bottles
Ramly – home of the famous Ramly burger, roti john and fried snacks like keropok lekor
Ranor Tenggiri Fresh Otah
RUMI The Poets Cup
Take A Bite – Fried oreos, twist potato
The Mala Stop – Bringing the mala craze to the markets
Treasure Concepts – All things durian
WORD Cafe – Beef/mutton ribs and drinks in a bucket
If we missed any of your favourite vendors, let us know in the comments, mama!
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, decorative lights, wall decor, carpets and curtains.
If you want even more, consider exploring nearby Joo Chiat on foot beforehand!
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! With the monsoon season upon us it’s also worth packing an umbrella in case you get caught in the rain although the entire bazaar is sheltered.
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 any of the tables and benches available to take a breather. Crowds will begin to form from about 4pm, so be prepared to brave through it as everyone will be trying to get their hands on food for their evening meal!
All the details!
When: Now through 5 June 2019
Where: Along the stretch of Geylang Serai market, Joo Chiat Complex and the former Malay Village, as well as along Geylang 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 OneKM 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/HariRayaLightUpSingapore, mama!