Food Photography Essay – The Feast After Ramadan’s Fast In Malaysia

More ‘kuih’ with colorful sprinkles.
Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

This food photography essay was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by photographer Isuann L.

 

Cucur udang prawn fritters. Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Cucur udang prawn fritters.
Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Every year during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, many bazaars open throughout the country, each selling a variety of scrumptious Malay food such as rice dishes, noodles, desserts and other regional specialties. As Malaysia is a multiracial country, people of all ethnic groups (Malays, Chinese, Indians…) flock to these bazaars during the Ramadan period for cheap and good food that would otherwise be harder to find in one location during other times of the year.

More 'kuih' a variety of bite-sized delights. Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

More ‘kuih’ a variety of bite-sized delights.
Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Ramadan, the most holy month in Islam, is a period of reflection, prayer and charity, during which Muslims also abstain from sinful behaviors. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam; one of the purposes of the fast is also to share and empathize with the suffering of the poor. That fasting is done during Ramadan relates to when the first verses of the Quran came down to Earth on that month of the Islamic lunar calendar. In Malaysia and elsewhere around the world, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset. The breaking of fast (iftar) usually consists of dates and a big meal; then then (usually) have another meal (sahur) on the next day before dawn.

Murtabak akin to a pancake with a minced meat egg and onion filling. Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Murtabak akin to a pancake with a minced meat egg and onion filling.
Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Close up of 'seri muka' a type of 'kuih', or Malay dessert. Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Close up of ‘seri muka’ a type of ‘kuih’, or Malay dessert.
Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

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Salted egg and stuffed chili. Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Salted egg and stuffed chili.
Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Fried chicken lungs. Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Fried chicken lungs.
Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

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Blue rice for the nasi kerabu, coconut flaked fish and side dishes. Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

Blue rice for the nasi kerabu, coconut flaked fish and side dishes.
Ramadan bazaar at Semenyih Sentral, Selangor, Malaysia

 

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By Isuann L


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