With only a few days left to Hari Raya Aidilfitri, our writer decided to go off the beaten track and explore the Ramadan bazaars in Puchong. Along the way, she discovered some of Puchong’s hidden gems. If you happen to be in Puchong, these are the bazaars you should check out before they close this weekend.
By Nurul Rustam
Hello and Salam Ramadan!
As we are almost at the tail end of Ramadan, I bet some of you must be busy bazaar-hopping to do your last minute shopping before Hari Raya or for your buka puasa.
Traditionally, most of us will head to some of Klang Valley’s popular bazaars like in TTDI and Masjid Jamek. However, I recently decided to go off the beaten track and took a road trip to Puchong instead. And you know what? Puchong’s bazaar is equally vibrant with wide selection of mouth-watering dishes and desserts.
Here’s our top three picks:
#1 Taman Puchong Perdana (Jalan Perdana 2/1)
Air-Vengers drink stalls
The bazaar in Taman Puchong Perdana is worth checking out as as it offers you a wide variety of food. Although the place may look like the usual bazaars, you’d be surprised to see what some of the stalls here have to offer. One quirky stall that I had chanced upon while looking for food is this one selling Air-Vengers! Not only do they come with eye-catching colours, but they also have unusual names like Tembikai Iron Man, Coklat Black Panther and Jagung Black Widow. While I did not buy them, I must complement them for their savvy marketing with a drink stall that truly stands out. With the scorching weather lately, this is the first store you would want to head to to quench your thirst.
Kuih stall selling kuih talam
Good news to all kuih talam lovers! I kid you not but I think I may have just stumbled upon one of the best kuih talam I’ve ever had! Sold at RM 2.50 each, I can assure you that it is worth your every penny as you can really taste the rich pandan, yam and durian flavours together with he coconut milk.
If you aren’t a fan of traditional Malay kuih, the kuih talam here might just change your mind as the ingredients really complement each other and takes you back to the good old kampung days. Perhaps it’s time you put aside all those cupcakes, pavlova and macaroons for something more traditional. As my mum will often say: “When you are hungry even tepung pelita will taste as good as pavlova!”
#2 Taman Puchong Permai (Jalan Permai 2/10)
Located by the road side and next to the shop lots of Taman Puchong Permai, the bazaar here is surprisingly small compared to other bazaars that I had been to. This makes it ideal for those who love to do your food-hunting but far from the maddening crowd. Although it may be small, I must say, the food here is as equally good as the other bazaars. Here, you can still find the usual delicious Ramadan delicacies such as kuih-muih and other colourful drinks but at a much smaller scale.
#3 Taman Puchong Prima (Jalan Prima 5/1 & 5/3)
Located strategically next to the Puchong Prima LRT station, the bazaar is one of the biggest in Puchong compared to the other two. Judging by the crowd who thronged the area, this seems to be Puchongite’s favourite, perhaps due to its strategic location and wide variety of stalls. Here, you can find the usual Ramadan servings like Roti John, kuih-muih and such. However, it is the Air Jagung that seems to be the crowds’ favourite judging by the long snaking queue. Locals swear the stall here serves the best Air Jagung in the bazaar! It’s worth checking it out if you don’t mind waiting. This is the bazaar to go to if you want to really soak in the festivity and roll with the crowd.
Remember not to go overboard when bazaar hopping as some of us tend to buy too much food that they often end up in the trash bin. Have fun!