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 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.
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.
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.
I cannot see the word pecal, without not thinking of my late ayah. He used to love pecal.
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.
Look tempting as well but I had to pass, I already set my target
This stall has always been selling marinated lambs, chicken and other stuff even it was not Ramadan.
And they also sell many type of nasi and noodles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was what I was looking for.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.