From Watermelon Volcanoes and burgers to traditional sweets and treats. When everybody you know is heading to Geylang as soon as the sun has gone down, then you know what time of the year it is. The Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar had already opened its door on June 4 and will still be running until July 6. But don’t wait too long, as some of the freshly made sauces and treats might run out.
The very first things that caught my eyes were the Ramly Burgers. As they were recommended to me, I already knew they were tasty, but still couldn’t resist.
Offered with fish, beef or chicken (or only egg), the softly toasted white bun halves hold the egg-covered patties firm and warm. As the rich, creamy, and tickling sauce shamelessly runs all over your burger, you know that you are just about to get started. If you are looking for an upgrade, you can also find salmon burgers on the market. However, I came too late – sold out.
Snacks without an end
Walking through the Geylang Serai Bazaar, we found dozens of snacks we wanted to try – either because we love them and we know they are good or because they were some creative little delight. This year’s market has plenty of little fashionable snacks, starting from Rainbow Bagels and salted egg churros to cotton candy soda and spicy Korean yoghurt.
A snack we always eat is Char Kway – a dough stick with filling that’s simply cut into pieces. Served with peanut sauce and cheese, it is a nice little treat on the way to the next stalls. Just a few metres further, I made a drastic decision, switching from Char Kway straight to ice cream.
I simply couldn’t walk past the macaron ice cream from the Barakah-Fe stall. The soft and fresh tasting macaron halves hold a generous and cooling scoop of ice cream, which was covered with sweet and colourful sprinkles.
Another favourite were the crunchy fried bananas with white chocolate and grated cheese. Eaten fresh and warm – this is simply the best, as the fried banana pieces melt the chocolate and the cheese in your mouth.
As I waited for my bananas, I saw that the same stall also had some freshly made churros. How could I say no? Although the salted caramel version was already finished, the chocolate ones were just as good.
One of the most colourful treats on the market is definitely the Dadih, which is a Malay milk pudding drink and looks like a rainbow caught in a bottle. Offering a soya beancurd texture, the drink had quite a strong caramel and pandan aftertaste.
The Cooling End
The crowning finale of our Geylang Serai Bazaar review (which was more of a feast) was the Watermelon Volcano. Having seen a queue all evening long, I thought that it is better to wait until later. However, the queue never became smaller – but it was well worth the wait.
The emptied watermelon halves are filled with a mixture of crushed ice, watermelon, and a little bit of milk, creating a pleasant, refreshing, and very needed natural slushy-like drink.
As we didn’t manage to eat even one-third of what we wanted to eat, we will definitely be back before the market ends on July 6. Hope to see you there!