I was on my way to Geylang last week to attend a biannual dinner at a Teochew clan association on behalf of Gran and I thought of dropping by the Geylang Serai Hari Raya Bazaar to have a look and also grab a quick bite as I knew dinner would never commence till past 8.30pm as per previous years, lol.
At the bazaar closest to the Paya Lebar MRT Station along Sims Avenue (next to Singapore Post Centre), I was really spoilt for choices as there were really plenty of food stalls that sold pretty much the standard stuffs at most pasar malams such as takoyaki balls, ramly burgers, roti john, dum briyani, etc. Two particular stalls caught my attention which I felt would be nice to recommend to my readers should you guys visit the bazaar too.
What I really liked about this was that their Turkish breads were all made upon order on the spot.
From rolling the dough…
to spreading the topping, folding the dough and popping into the electric oven…
Ta daa! A freshly made pide (say ‘pee day’) which was like a leaf-shaped Turkish flat bread pizza with chicken meat, vegetables and cheese. At $7 a piece, I wouldn’t say this was value for money (portion was quite small but good enough for me as a snack) but I thought I’d give it a try as it was something different from the usual pasar malam menu.
Served steaming hot, the surface of the crust was slightly crispy and its inside was soft and fluffy with just a bit of chewiness. The chicken filling and cheese tasted exactly like a tomato-based pizza topping. Not sure if it was the type of cheese used or perhaps there were too little cheese on top, it didn’t taste as cheesy as I hoped it would be. But overall, it was still a novelty snack worth trying.
I had tried sotong panggang (grilled squid) at the food expo in May and I liked it so much that I went back for a second stick. So when I saw this stall at the bazaar, I just had to grab one!
Freshly grilled whole squid on skewer sticks, smothered in some sweet & savoury sauce. Exactly the same as the ones I had before and still tasted as delish and addictive! The squid was cooked perfectly and was really tender to the bite. $4 per stick for a squid that could be easily devoured in a few bites didn’t sound too wallet-friendly but if you love squids and anything grilled, then this would definitely worth every penny paid. Shiok!
There were many other new things that I wanted to try from churros, coconut ice cream, popiah ice cream and more but I couldn’t fit in more when I had a banquet to attend. This bazaar is now on till this Sunday, 27 July before Hari Raya Puasa. Why not come down jalan jalan and see if you might find any new and interesting bites 🙂 Enjoy!