Pasar Ramadan Gadong

in Brunei, food, outing

Since Swirly was on MC, I figured it was a good time to go to Pasar Ramadan – I still don’t drive here so I have to rely on him to bring me around.

We decided to go to the nearest pasar ramadan at our place, pasar ramadan Gadong – the same spot for the daily pasar malam.

The time for berbuka here is at 6.38 pm plus minus and by 3.00 pm that place is usually packed with people. Some had to park by the roadside. Since both of us were off from fasting [I was being the woman that I am and he had to take his antibiotic] we decided not to brace through the crowd and went to the pasar an hour before berbuka.

By the time we reached there, they were not many cars. Truth is, there is no such thing as Ramadan rush here. Government employees are allowed to go home after 2 [and they start their office hours at 8.30]. Even when we were on the road around 5 yesterday, there were not many cars. much to our surprise.

I have been to the pasar malam before and I have to say, the food sold and the stalls at the pasar ramadan don’t differ much from the usually pasar malam.

And the prices are still cheap! Much cheaper compared to our pasar ramadan.

Nasi and sambal

Nasi katok kambing

Nasi katok, a famous dish in Brunei usually comes with a fried chicken and the cost has always been $1, this was my first time seeing nasi katok kambing. Swirly wanted to buy one initially, but changed his mind.

Nasi and sambal

Nasi and sambal

I found this stall selling nasi for 50 cent. Yes, it looked very simple but I think I have bought similar amount of nasi lemak that cost RM1.50 before back home.

Whaaa...?

Whaaa…?

Mee for 20 cent? Really? Like a friend of mine, Timmy said mee harga 20 cent was only a memory back when we were in standard 1. It was packed very small and probably would not be enough for an adult but I think 3-4 packets would suffice.

And it’s also good if you want to just sample a bit of everything.

One of the stalls

I cannot see the word pecal, without not thinking of my late ayah. He used to love pecal.

 

Buntut!

Buntut!

I am not a fan at all but can’t help snapping, probably because the smell tempted me. Every time I tried eating the bishop nose, I imagine myself eating shit. Like wtf, I know.

 

Some seafood

Some seafood

Look tempting as well but I had to pass, I already set my target :P

Lamb ready to be grilled

Lamb ready to be grilled

This stall has always been selling marinated lambs, chicken and other stuff even it was not Ramadan.

Choose, they are all yours

Choose, they are all yours

The same stall

The same stall

And they also sell many type of nasi and noodles.

Kerang

Kerang

But for Ramadan they added another menu, kerang or cockles.

I have never bought anything from this stall except bread butter pudding few night ago [they were almost started to pack that time because it was already 9 something]. Although I thought the price $3.50 was quite steep for a pudding but later I found it was satisfying – the pudding was more than enough for 1 person and it was not bad tasting.

Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish

I felt so geram looking at the cuttlefish but even if I buy it, I wouldn’t know what to do with it. We still have a packet of uneaten rojak in our fridge, given by someone.

Some kuih

Some kuih

Of course they were some kuih. I was intrigued by this one kuih that was wrapped by some kind of leave. I did ask the name tapi dah lupa. Swirly then told me that kuih can also be found in Sarawak.

Putu mayam and sort of apam?

Putu mayam and sort of apam?

The one on the right is putu mayam and the green thing, I reckoned it was the sweet kaya-ish thing that can be found in kuih seri muka. I might like it but didn’t feel like eating it that time.

Geraii nasi katok

Gerai nasi katok

This was what I was looking for.

The sambals

The sambals

You can choose the sambal that you like – normal, pedas, pusu[anchovy] and tahai [tamban]. We went for pedas and that moment I forgot that Swirly cannot eat spicy food but he seemed to forgot about it as well. Heh.

Air kausar

Air kausar

And then I found something that made me squeal in delight., something that look like air katira. I asked the seller what was the name of the drink and he told me it is air kausar.

I wasn’t sure whether air kausar and air katira is the same thing but they were selling it everywhere. Couldn’t resist, I bought a small bottle because it looked kind of the same although it comes in various flavours like jagung, pandan etc.

The taste? Well, it was not nice. Perhaps it was the same thing as katira because the ingredients [thanks to google] are somewhat the same. Maybe it is just that I happened to drink the-not-nice version.

Colourful drinks

Colourful drinks

This was from the same stall. Although they looked interesting but I can’t help thinking about how much colouring they used for the drinks

 

Labuan made carbonated drink

Labuan made carbonated drink

Tempted to try the ice cram soda, I decided not to, perhaps it was because I was thinking about the sugar content as well as, I already bought a drink.

Cendol

Cendol

They was also cendol and ice blended, which I didn’t try as well.

15 minutes before break fasting, we left the pasar ramadan only to be reminded that Swirly wanted to buy some sweet corns earlier.

$5 for 10

$5 for 10

The price was reasonable but we have to buy the whole ikat, which Swirly decided not to pursue in the end. I mean, I don’t like jagung and even Swirly does, how the hell is he supposed to eat 10 jagung by himself?

 

Walking towards our car, we then again got distracted.

Ice cream!

Ice cream by Mister Softy!

Local ice cream. Yummy yum. I couldn’t resist having the ice cream and the hot weather was not helping either. I think $2.50 was not that cheap but what the hell, I want that ice cream. We shared 1 cup since Swirly can’t really enjoy ice cream with his angie lips.

Mix flavours

Mix flavours

I have to say, it was yummy indeed!

Creamy and didn’t have the cheap taste in it.

 

By the time we reached home, the ice cream was almost gone and we helped ourselves to our nasi katok

Nyammm

Nyammm

Oh I just love nasi katok. A friend of us told us about the famous mama nasi katok [in Kiulap] and both of us swear to look for it.

Next trip is to pasar ramadan Seria and Tutong.

Can’t wait.

 

 

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  • Wednesday, 7 August 2013 - 5 am, 5:50 am Muss

    Mula2 aku nak tanya nape harga murah sgt, tp semuanya tenggelam bila aku tgk kuih celorot.thn ni tak merasa celorot.huhuhu

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    • Thursday, 8 August 2013 - 11 pm, 11:23 pm chics

      Sini memang murahla. BTW aku tak rasa pun kuih celorot tu

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  • Friday, 26 July 2013 - 9 am, 9:07 am Anies Kamardin (@anieskamardin)

    mcm best je param diorg. tepung pelita ada?

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    • Sunday, 28 July 2013 - 9 pm, 9:57 pm chics

      Tak adaaaa, tak nampak satu pun. Tak taulah kalau tempat lain ada
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  • Thursday, 25 July 2013 - 9 am, 9:36 am erfina

    Hi Chicsinred…the kuih wrapped in the leave and can be found in Sarawak tu is kuih CELOROT..

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    • Thursday, 25 July 2013 - 1 pm, 1:15 pm chics

      Ah yes, kuih celorot, the name rings some bell. thank you :)

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  • Wednesday, 24 July 2013 - 9 am, 9:56 am Maira

    wah wahh
    jauhnyaa nak pergi pasar ramadhan. never been to seria and tutong punya pasar, our choices will always be gadong or stadium. you should try the stadium too. tahun lepas and thn ni, takde dah org jual mercun in pasar, kalau tak, sure i borong = p

    since you’re so in love with nasi katok, you should try nasi katok kaka. they have stall near jalan muara and the shop inside the airport mall building. dine in will be $1.50, while tapau $1. anyway next time if you pergi gadong, try the roti john boboi. somewhere at the back, dgn yg jual air byk2 dlm balang besar tu. for ramadhan, they have promotion, i think. 3 papa john for $5. i think most of dishes in pasar ramadhan will be 3 for $5 inc kebab and such (byk dkt stadium). anyway, selamat berpuasa!

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    • Wednesday, 24 July 2013 - 9 pm, 9:20 pm chics

      I ada nampak roti john tu tapi macam takde rasa nak makan. as for the stadium, adakah stadium yg dekat times square?
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      • Wednesday, 24 July 2013 - 10 pm, 10:16 pm Maira

        dekat la jugak dgn times square, tp bukan padang kecik sebelah tuu, the biggest stadium, dkt dgn ICC berakas. nama stadium hassanal bolkiah kalau tak silap, hahaa, sorryy, tak hafal nama.

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        • Wednesday, 24 July 2013 - 10 pm, 10:18 pm chics

          Ahhh ok, I rasa macam I tau. Rasa je la kannn hehehe

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