Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ramadhan Bazaar Foods

Ramadhan Bazaar has become such a Malaysian icon and a huge part of our Malaysian culture, that it is no longer only visited by Muslims who are fasting during the month of Ramadhan, but also non-Muslims. As you know, Malaysians have a fascination for food, so the Ramadhan Bazaar is no exception and you will see all walks of Malaysians crowding these bazaars to sample the food.

I recently visited the Ramadhan Bazaar near my house and was fascinated with the selection of foods available. Unfortunately, i am looking at this from a fitness perspective and sorry to say but much of the selection in the Ramadhan bazaar is unhealthy, but i still managed to find some that were decently healthy.

Here are some of the things i found that were relatively healthy to eat or how you can make it into a healthier meal.

Roasted Chicken Wings - when i saw the stall selling this, i had to get it. The ones i got were spicy honey BBQ wings. It was absolutely delicious. Other roasted chicken available was of course the Ayam Percik. I also saw one stall roasting and selling whole chickens, but by the time i saw the stall, i already had too much food in my hands, so i said i will check it out next time.

Ikan Bakar - Marinated in spices and a chili paste and then wrapped with banana leaf and baked. This is another of my favourites and the one i got tasted wonderful. I always squeeze some lime over it before i eat it.



Satay - OK, satay can be unhealthy because of the satay sauce (which is usually loaded with sugar) and the little piece of fat in between. If you want to be healthy, be sure to remove that piece of fat in the middle of the satay and eat the saucce sparingly. If you can do that, you have a pretty healthy meal on your hands. If you are going to eat the entire thing, then its not so healthy. So eat wisely.

Roti John - technically this is a pretty healthy thing to eat. Its egg, chicken or beef, with onions and lettuce pasted onto a bun. Problem is, every time i have bought this in the Ramadhan Bazaar, all i could taste was Mayonaise. Thats because they drown the entire thing with maynaise and chilli sauce. So if you could tell the vendor to cut back on the Mayo and Chilli sauce, then this is a pretty decent meal to get. OR, tell him to put the Mayo and Chilli separately - this way, you choose how much you want to take. PLUS, i think it will taste a whole lot better this way.

Nasi Campur - Again, it is what you choose to put on your plate that makes it healthy or unhealthy. If you want to be healthy, choose more vegetables instead of the fried items. The one thing i saw in almost all stalls - ayam goreng with the "serbuk". OK, not sure what you call it, but this is the coating of the chicken that comes off from the chicken when you deep fry it and sinks to the bottom of the "kuali" and sits there. then these guys scrap it up and sprinkle it all over the chicken. Tasty? Absolutely. Healthy.... err.... maybe not. So just be careful once again with what you throw onto your plate.

Unfortunately, all the other things i saw were pretty unhealthy, so i stayed away from it. They had the usual selection of kuihs, dadih, drinks, nasi lemak and murtabak... which reminds me.. the one unhealthy thing i did indulge in was the the Murtabak... i really love Murtabak, so i decided to treat myself to it. Absolutely wonderful.


Overall Rating - Ramadhan bazaars aren't the healthiest place to get your meals, but you can still find some pretty decent food if you look carefuly and be careful with how you order it. I would not recommend it everyday, but hey, every once in awhile is OK. I understand that these bazaars have become so popular because most people are rushing back from work and don't have enough time to cook before its time to buka puasa. So if you go there frequently, try your best to make some smart choices as mentioned above. Its not impossible and these small steps will go a long way towards your health.

Anyway, what are your favourite foods at the Ramadhan Bazaar? Do share with us and as usual, look forward to hearing your comments

9 comments:

mata coklatbiru said...

hello rajan...
how are u?

regarding this entry, yeah i can't agree more with what u are saying so.
and not to mention, it's a sort of temptations for me to choose which foods i would like to have...
once i can't choose wisely, there goes my diet...
i do break some of my diet plan, and trust me, i feel guilty...
hahahaa...
but, so far, i guess, im doing great....


p/s: anyway, i manage to lose 6 kgs within this fasting month...
and you know what i don't know how im doing that...
and yeah, im glad i manage to lose some weight :)
lol

Rajan said...

Mata coklatbiru: good to hear from you again and thanks for the update. Lots of people lose weight during puasa but its not necessarily fat loss alone. It could be loss of muscle and water as well. Its best that you measure yourself again after Raya once everything goes back to normal.

mata coklatbiru said...

rajan: definitely im going to measure myself again after raya...
yeah, not mention, during this fasting month, sometimes i do feel week and lazy...
i bet i know why from what u say to me...
loss of muscle and water...
2 main things needed in my body...
thanks for the info rajan...


p/s: rajan, do me a favor, where can i find a gym at kelana jaya area? or somewhere near if u know lah...
thanks..
have a great day rajan :)

anfield devotee said...

ye failed to mention the diabetes-inducing multi-coloured siraps . . .

Anba said...

I do face the same dilemma when i'm buying food at these stalls
i normally take ayam percik especially the meaty parts(the breast/fillet) not a big fan of chicken wings..
another good choice will be air kelapa muda(tender cocounu juice) fresh if possible and without the added sugar and ice..
other than that like you mentioned not much ofalthy choices...
Nasi kerabu or ulam is a good choice too if they have

Rajan said...

AD: ha ha ha. Yes i forgot.
Anba: oooh. I love coconut water. Yes, its a very healthy drink. I like to mix coconut water with a bit of sugar and lime. Try it if you haven't. Really refreshing.

Rajan said...

mata coklat biru: yeah there is a gym near kelana jaya. Look out for my subsequent posts. We are launching something soon which i think you will like and its coming near you.

Zuhairi said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Abu Zubair said...

Hi Rajan. I like your posts. It helps to develop healthier Malaysia.

My question is what is your tip on adjusting meal types and exercise routine (especially weight training) during fasting? How to minimize muscle lost yet concentrating on fat loss only?

This question not only for Ramadan, but fasting in general, as muslim can also fast voluntarily at other times as acts of worship.

Thanks in advance!