Geylang Serai is a bit more frenzied these days – what with Idil Fitri just round the corner. I use the word frenzied in a positive sense, of course.
The approaching Eid celebrations signal one and one thing only – that there will be a lot more people hence with it a lot more buzz in the area.
Geylang Serai market which is located at the intersection of Changi Road and Geylang Serai is largely patronised by the Malay community of Singapore. I suppose the preference is obvious. They can get whatever they want to buy at this market. From meat to poultry to spices and to everything nice.
I do my marketing at this market too. Geylang market or Pasar Geylang as it is popularly known stocks on things that I love to put into my dishes. All I have to do is go to my regular stalls and seek out the stuffs that I want. The things will be there. However there is one downside that I need to mention too. You have to jostle with a lot of people because everyone in the community will go to this market for the same reason. Sigh …
I use a lot of herbs and spices in my dishes – from tumeric, ginger, galangal, lemon grass to other spices – just too many to mention. And here is my favourite herbs stall with various roots and leaves. The herbs simply invigorate! And what is more exciting is you can get some lessons on the various roots that give piquancy to your favourite Malay dishes. And heh … heh … do you know which is cekur and which is kunyit?
What would I do without Geylang market? The answer is quite obvious. Less cooking I guess. But what would life be without my favourite activity? Hmm … I can’t visualise nor can I compute it!
Several bazaars that sprout alongside the market during the fasting month of Ramadan also serve to bring about added excitement. Seasoned or seasonal entrepreneurs try their hands at selling food or stuffs that the Hari Raya crowd would like. Suffice to say, their presence beckon the throng to the area. The market helps to bring out the festive air and the bazaar heightens it!
Geylang Serai will always have a special place in the heart of the community for they serve and meet a need. And to all my relatives and friends “Selamat menyambut Hari Raya Idil Fitri.”