The popular Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar or the Bazaar Ramadan at Geylang Serai is here again. The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2017 started on 26 May and would run till 24 June 2017. The 2017 edition of the pasar malam which runs during the month of Ramadan is bigger and have a greater variety of interesting food than last year’s. Colourful concoctions, rainbow, unicorn, cheese and Thai tea seem to be the dominant themes at the latest Bazaar Ramadan @ Geylang Serai. The traditional Malay local street food is still available aplenty. A visit to the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2017 should be an interesting experience whether you are a street food lover or not.
Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar – Location & Time
The Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2017 have stalls lining both sides of Geylang Road and Changi Road, from the Joo Chait Road junction to the Tanjong Katong Road junction, as well as stretches of Sims Avenue and a few of the side lanes. There are more than a few operators which have stalls in different sections of the bazaar, selling the same things. There are also stalls outside One KM Mall, Tanjong Katong Complex and even City Plaza.
Opening hours vary from stall to stall. Most stalls start to open in the afternoon, from around 3 pm, and remain open till late at night.
As usual, Bazaar Ramadan @ Geylang Serai is a real marketplace offering festive cookies, clothes of all styles, jewellery, curtains, carpets, electrical items, festive decorations, fragrant oils, and even furniture and cars.
There is even a Man Cave for a hair cut and a shave.
There is a stage for cultural events and performances. There will aslo be free screenings of P Ramlee films at the open space adjacent to Engku Aman Road and Sims Avenue.
Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar Food
But for The Ordinary Patrons, FOOD is the word – and what a complex and exciting word in the context of the Geylang Serai Bazaar. Food in Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar means traditional Malay food like otah and Indian Muslim food like nasi briyani; it also means international fare like kebabs and pizzas and a whole hosts colourful new fangled concoctions like fried oreos, chilli crap churros and sea salt gula melaka roasted marshmallows.
One of attractive features of the Geylang Serai pasar malam is that you are not quite sure what you may discover there. Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2017 is no exception. We found a number of interesting stalls.
It is hard to find cafes in Singapore selling Scotch Eggs but Loco Loco by Crystal Cheng sells them at Geylang Serai Bazaar. We tried both the beef Scotch egg ($6) and the chicken version ($5). Both were very good.
Another interesting stall is Boom Biryani. Besides the usual nasi biryani, it offers bee hoon biryani. We bought a packet of mutton beeh hoon biryani ($6.50) home to try. It was tasty and the soft texture of the bee hoon was a nice change from the usual rice.
Grilled Cheese Mussels and Gourmet Roasted Marshmallows in a variety of flavours are also intriguing finds.
The Raclette Factory seems to attract a lot of attention. We are not sure if the reason is the seared cheese with chicken sausages and pan fried baby potatoes or the good-looking young men and ladies manning the stall.
The Colourful Food
One of the stars of last year’s Bazaar was the rainbow bagel. It is thus not surprising that Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2017 has “rainbow everything” and lots of other really colouful concoctions.
Coconut Ice Cream ($5) – delicious refreshing coconut ice cream topped with fresh coconut and rainbow chips.
Glazed churro and ice cream.
Rainbow Waffle ($6.90) – great for posting on social media.
Watermelon Volcano & Coloured Candy Floss.
Drinks – Familiar as well as Exotic
There is no shortage of drinks stalls. Thai Tea seems to be the current craze and everyone is trying to make sure their drinks have fancy names and are Instagram worthy. Chendol Soft Serve, Blue Bandung, Galaxy Milkshakes, non-alcholic Unicorn Tears, Mermaid’s Tears and Gangster Bucket are some of the exotic drinks.
Bandung Ice Blend- $6.50.
The traditional food stalls found in the Geylang Serai bazaar are still there. Goreng pisang, kebabs, Ramly burgers, vadai etc are available.
Food for a Global Village
It may be a Hari Raya pasar malam in the heart of Geylang Serai but there are food and beverages representing far flung countries like Italy, Spain, Japan and Korea.
There are more than a few tako balls stalls.
Yakitori sticks are available.
Pizzas, Dutch Baby Pancakes, Crepes, Burritos, Churros and Nachos – in all sorts of hues and flavours – are also available.
The above photos represent only a small part of the numerous vendors at the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2017. A walk around to discover what the festive market has to offer should be a worthwhile outing.
If you decide to go, the nearest MRT Station is Paya Lebar; and Geylang Serai is well served by buses including service no. 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 67, 76, 154 & 155.
There are surface car parks at Haig Road and Engku Aman Road.
Parking is also available at Joo Chiat Complex, Tristar Complex, One KM Mall and City Plaza.
Happy Shopping and Eating at Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar 2017!