Bazaar Ramadan: Kampung Penchala
The Kampung Penchala Ramadan Bazaar is located between Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) and Damanasara Perdana area, separated by the Penchala Link Highway. The Bazaar can be seen from the highway with its’ colourful tents and cars parked along the small road. The area is unfamiliar to some but it has a few good restaurants and spa hidden in this particular nook too. The price for the food here in the various stalls were quite cheap compared to its’ next door neighbour TTDI, and it is less crowded too. The food are quite delicious and you could tell how the stall owners put in good effort in ensuring that the customers will not be disappointed in their purchases. So here are a few stalls that we spotted when we visited the bazaar.
Putu Piring (RM2 for 4 pieces)
My housemate loves putu piringI and when she saw this she was excited because it’s definitely a rare find. I’m not really a big fan but I love how they are still using the traditional method of steaming the putu piring with the familiar white cloth. The metal dishes dishes are filled up with rice flour and Gula Melaka (palm sugar) into the small piece of cloth and then steamed. Once cooked, the putu piring will be transferred onto a piece of square banana leaf which is laced with coconut.
Satar (RM2 for 3 pieces), Otak-Otak (RM3 for 5 pieces)
The satar, a popular Terengganu delicacy can be found here in the Kampung Penchala Ramadan Bazaar. It is made of minced Mackerel fish, pepper and ginger wrapped in banana leaves shaped like a pyramid before grilled over a hot charcoal fire. I have never tasted this before and would normally get the Otak-Otak instead which is made of fish wrapped in a banana leaf and grilled to perfection. For your info, I can eat 6 of these at one go because it’s normally not that big in size but the ones that were at this particular Ramadan Bazaar was quite thick compared to the ones I’ve eaten.
Chicken Wings (RM1.50 for a piece of wing)
Ayam Percik Berlada (Spicy chicken) (RM5 a piece)
Now this was the first time I tried the spicy ayam percik which was covered in red hot chili gravy. They had the normal ayam percik too but I wanted to try something different. The ayam percik is most popular during the Bazaar Ramadan and one often has to queue for it. ‘Percik‘ means splattered but in this recipe the chicken is grilled first before a special gravy is poured over it before it is served or eaten. I’d recommend anyone to try this different ayam percik version as it’s not as spicy as it looks. The meat is rather soft on the inside with a slight burnt on the outside.
I didn’t have a chance to ask how much does one of these water costs but I can gauge that maybe a drink in one of those plastic bag packaging might be about RM4 each. What bothered me a little was the colouring in these drinks. The pink, red and yellow I can understand as it could probably be syrup bandung, syrap or corn flavoured drink but the blue and green is still a mystery to me. It could be lime or blueberry juice no?
Kuih Cara Berlauk (RM for 5 pieces)
I still don’t understand why these kuih will appear only during the Bazaar Ramadan period and that I can only eat it once a year! However I am still grateful and always excited to look for it every time we hit the Bazaar. This is my favourite kuih ever! It looks like an egg tart but has chunky beef, chilli and a little bit of vegetable as the filling. These are normally found in stalls selling the local and traditional kuih (savouries).
Kuih Akok (RM1 for 2 pieces)
I always understood ‘Akok’ as ‘Akak’ or sister in English despite it’s otherwise appearance. The particular kuih is baked and made from duck eggs, coconut milk, palm sugar and flour. It is rich and sweet, and fragrant which makes the kuih quite hard to ignore in the buzzing Bazaar Ramadan. This is a popular kuih from Kelantan which also comes in two types; the sweet or the savoury version.
Murtabak (RM3 for 1 piece)
There were quite a few murtabak stalls in Kampung Penchala Link Bazaar Ramadan but this particular one didn’t have the long queue like the other stall (5 stalls down) we saw at the main road area. The taste is still quite as good and it is a lot cheaper too. This particular food is also known as pancake or pan fried pancake consists of minced beef or chicken (you can choose which meat you would prefer), along with garlic, egg and oninon. It is normally grilled on the spot as it is good to be eaten hot.
Chocolate Strawberry (RM2 for small plastic bag)
Stalls are getting pretty creative with the ingredients for drinks for iftar and normally attracts the thirst quenchy people like us. What attracted me to the stall was that it was the only one which had strawberry as the main ingredient of it’s drinks and there was only 3 types of it on the table. My friend was curious and bought the chocolate strawberry which turned out to be pretty sweet in taste. Perhaps the other 2 options would have been a better choice.
Where is it located:
Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Kampung Sungai Penchala, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.
How to get there:
If you are coming via Penchala Link from KL, exit left to TTDI after the tunnel. At the traffic junction turn right into Sg Penchala. The bazaar is located on your right. Park along the road.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.