[This article is currently being updated for 2021]
This year, Ramadhan is definitely very different, especially with the (C) Movement Control Order still in place all over Malaysia. Mass gatherings are still off limits, and therefore even Terawih prayers have to be done at home.
Another very Malaysian aspect of Ramadhan that we all probably miss is the Ramadhan bazaars. These pop-up food markets often feature traditional Malay, fusion and international street food from all over the country. Many Malaysians crowd these bazaars several hours before breaking of fast to get their favourite dishes. Now, with Ramadhan bazaars off limits, Malaysians are going online and shopping in e-bazaars, with food delivery options available across the Klang Valley. Here are some online bazaars to start you off:
1. Kedai Kita Lah
Kedai Kita Lah is an online bazaar started by the CSR department of Taylor’s Education Group. It gathers several vendors from the B40 and differently-abled group to provide them with a platform to sell their food this Ramadhan.
You’ll find vendors from Petaling Jaya, Cheras, Ampang, Jalan Klang Lama, Pantai and much more available.
2. PLATS: Platform Selangor
Started by the Selangor, Hijrah Selangor and Slurp, this website gathers vendors from all over Selangor, including Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya and Kajang. Some vendors also deliver into KL, and they have GRAB as their delivery partner.
3.Bazaar COD by Mawar Rashid
Actress Mawar Rashid started this platform where you can select vendors based on 18 different locations around the Klang Valley.
Each area link will lead you to a page full of food pictures. Once you’ve decided what you want, you can click on the picture and be directed to a WhatsApp number where you can order and pay directly to the vendor.
4. Nak Makan
The Nak Makan website is by far the easiest to use. Once you pick your area from a drop-down menu, all the vendors available in that area will appear. Each vendor has a list of food items ( with attractive pictures) that you can add to your cart.
Once you’ve done ‘shopping’ you can check out and pay on site. The only thing is that you’ll have to sign up for an account beforehand, which will only take a few minutes.
5. FVBazaar by Fashion Valet
Online apparel shopping site Fashion Valet has turned their expertise in marketing clothing to marketing food and beverages now. The site is pretty easy to navigate, and they offer a wide variety of food items, not just cooked food. There are cookies, baked goods, kuih and tidbits too. You can narrow down your search based on your location and the type of food you want.
6. Cyberjaya Farmer’s Market
This weekly bazaar in Cyberjaya has decided to close its doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak and for the time being, they’re operating purely online. The great thing about this site is that there are so many artisanal vendors here selling unique food items. From baked goods to ready cooked food, all you have to do is click on the item of your choice, narrow down any options and add them to your cart. Check out when you’re done. Deliveries are made every Wednesday and Saturdays, for orders made before 12pm.
7. SoukAsia Bazaar
SoukAsia is another online shopping site that has decided to open a food section this Ramadhan. Unfortunately, they only cater to areas in and around TTDI, which includes Damansara Utama, Bandar Utama and a few others. Orders should be made one day earlier before 9 pm, and delivery charges for each vendor are RM5. The food selection here includes pasta, western dishes, Roti John, various kuih, noodles, biryani and more.