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Food Bazaar

It’s the 7th day of Ramadhan, the fasting month in the Muslim calendar. And this time of year, there are what we in Singapore and Malaysia called “Bazaar Ramadhan”. These bazaars usually open in the afternoon, selling food for Iftar (breaking fast at dusk). And usually there is a staggering variety of food to choose from. Perfect for those tiring days after work and you don’t really want to cook.

I thought I’d share some photos of a typical bazaar. But the photos didn’t turn out well. I was buying food and jostling with other customers. My trusty phone in my right hand, my purchases in plastic bags in my left hand, it was a juggling act! *circus theme playing in my head*

Just a few photos to share. This was at Afghanistan Restaurant at Tampines, Singapore. They close the restaurant in the mornings during Ramadhan, and start selling food outside in the afternoon.

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-hazrock, already looking like a clown.

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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Food

 

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Not For Sale

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A bubbling cauldron of Bubur Lambuk (rice porridge) on my stove.

For me, it is not Ramadhan if there is no Bubur Lambuk. Rice porridge with bits of meat, usually beef, and sometimes some beans thrown in as well. This dish is eaten widely this time of year.

The thing about this is that, Bubur Lambuk is not sold. If there are people selling it, I’m not buying. Since young I’ve only know this to be distributed to the poor at mosques during Ramadhan. Those who are slightly well off can donate rice or spices or cash to the mosque and the mosque will prepare the porridge every day during the holy month.

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A typical scene of Bubur Lambuk preparation at a village mosque. Picture grabbed from Google Search. Smiling volunteers, with huge oar-like spatulas (haha!) stirring the porridge, just warms the heart.

These days in Singapore, anyone can just go to a mosque during distribution times, usually around 4pm, and be given a packet or two of the porridge to bring home. Regardless of race, religion or creed.

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Bubur Lambuk from Darussalam Mosque, Singapore. Really good!

And today, I made my own Bubur Lambuk. Ta-da!

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Ok ok! Mine is a little “lux-ed”. Garnished with omelette strips, spring onions and fried shallots. No need for a table full of food for Iftar (breaking fast). Just porridge and some dates, and I’m good.

-hazrock, please don’t use that spatula for canoeing

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Food

 

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Blessed.. Indeed

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Ramadhan is finally here. Alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah, for allowing us to meet with this blessed month again. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Muslim friends and followers (all 2 billion of you, LOL!) all over my social networks Salam Ramadhan. May this month be full of blessings, warmth and guidance for you and your families.

O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint. [Surah Al-Bakarah – 2:183]

Muslims fast during the month of Ramadhan, abstinence from food and drink. It is indeed a time for self-restraint and self-reflection.

And probably the biggest misconception that non-Muslims had about fasting is that we EAT like there’s no tomorrow at dusk when it is time for Iftar (break fast). Hehe, no. Self-restraint, remember? But yes, sometimes we tend to get overboard when preparing food for Iftar. That’s why we have to keep in mind, prepare moderately to avoid wastage.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) got by with just a glass of milk and a few dates.

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Photo grabbed from Google Search

-hazrock, definitely eating more than dates and milk, but not too much

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Food

 

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Food Awareness

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Grilled Chicken set meal from Bagus Foodcourt

I was out having lunch with some work people. And at a huge Halal (Muslim-friendly) foodcourt, I was spoiled for choice. So what will it be today? Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Indonesian or Thai? I honestly don’t know. We went a there a little early, so the place was not packed yet. As I paced up and down the foodcourt, deciding what to eat, I thought to myself, this is bad. I really have no idea what to eat!

I finally decided on the Grilled Chicken set meal from the Grill stall. Served with “Java Fried Rice”, some cucumber and ginger pickles.

Well, I was taught from young to respect food. And our beloved Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) also taught us not to criticize food. I have seen people order something, took a spoonful of it, and decided they didn’t like it and order something else. And what happened to the food? Into the bin it went. I do not condone such wasteful acts, and it is disrespectful to the food as well.

And the verdict? Well, I only give good reviews when the food is good. And to support my point earlier, i did finish the entire meal, rice and chicken.

-hazrock, waste not want not

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Food

 

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Don’t pour me a stiff one

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Lemongrass Ginger Ale

The term “drinks” is often quite misleading for me. I have always thought from young that it would be any kind of drinks. A Coke is a drink. So is hot chocolate. And orange juice. Even plain water.

As I grew up, I learned that “drinks” also means alcoholic beverages. And as a Muslim, we are not allowed to consume alcohol, whether it’s in drinks or food. It is a fundamental rule learned from young. And it’s funny how my elders referred to it as “Satan’s drink”, to steer us away from it. Lol!!

Of course there are so many non-alcoholic drinks we Muslims can enjoy. Like the Lemongrass Ginger Ale pictured above. Put a couple of crushed lemongrass into a pitcher of ginger ale. Let it sit in the fridge for a bit. Pour and drink! We can even make this on the rocks.

-hazrock, never wasted.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Food

 

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The Muslim Eater

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MUIS logo

Living in Singapore, we are lucky that we have all the comforts in life. I’m always thankful for that. Alhamdulillah (Thank Allah). And being in a food paradise, we are surrounded by so many places to eat. Restaurants, cafes, little bistros, food courts, hawker centres, we are spoilt for choice. However, being a Muslim, there are certain rules or creed I must follow. For eating, food must be Halal, meaning adhering to Muslim laws. Basically, I don’t eat pork (and any other meat products from pigs) and I don’t drink alcohol.

It is therefore, crucial that when I eat, I make sure that food came from Halal sources. And to be very sure, I eat at places with the MUIS Halal logo. And at supermarkets, I buy products bearing the same logo. And again, alhamdulillah, there are so many restaurants here which went out of their way to cater to us Muslims. And we, the consumers, can jump for joy knowing that we can taste and sample lots of different types of food the world has to offer.

So yeay! This is my lunch! Halal Wanton Noodles. Char siew (BBQ pork) are replaced with chicken char siew. This is so yummy!

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-hazrock

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Food

 

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