Ramadan Bazaar 2015 at Geylang Serai

The festive Ramadan Bazaar has begun. It is located just outside Paya Lebar MRT and news about this grand bazaar has been splashed all over social media. As I had never witnessed such a bazaar, I wanted to see this display of celebration. Sprawled across a huge area, almost 450 stalls are vying for your attention. You have everything from shawls to bridal dresses, flowers to street food on display! Most of the food stalls cater to meat eaters. But there are dessert, soda and fried food stalls that can be tried by vegetarians. Though I could not go to all the stalls, there are some notable ones that I want to share with you readers. I guess the best part about food blogging is sharing one’s experiences 🙂

The Orders
Our first stop was the flavored churros by ‘Bakes and Crafts’. The Classic and Cinnamon flavours are the regular ones. They also have new types of flavours on display like the Red Velvet churros and Pandan Churros. You can choose your combination of churros along with a dip of your choice.

Churros on display

Churros on display


We ordered the ‘Red Velvet Churros with Gula Melaka’ which was absolutely fresh and crunchy. We could not stop ourselves from drinking the Gula Melaka at the end as it was quite tasty. Highly recommended.

Red velvet churros with gula melaka

Red velvet churros with gula melaka sauce at $4.50


Attached to the churros stall, is the ice cream stall which had one of the longest queues in the bazaar. Since we were lucky with our timing, our wait time was only 20 minutes at Happy Rollies. With such a happy name, they were definitely on a roll with their ice cream rolls. It was very exciting to see the preparation process and the way it gets frozen.

Happy rollies flavours

Happy rollies flavours


Our order choice was ‘Oreo and Strawberry’ which was one of the recommended combinations. The ingredients got sliced and mixed along with a liquid batter. In some time, it was spread across the surface and rolled. Among the toppings you have choices between rainbow rice toppings, nutella and cornflakes. We chose strawberry sauce and maple corn flakes as our ice cream roll toppings. The cornflakes add a nice crunch and we enjoyed our ice cream. Make sure you eat the ice cream soon, especially in this hot weather.

Ice cream rolls

Stages of ice cream rolls ($5) at Happy Rollies


It was a pleasant surprise to see one of my favourite coconut ice cream stalls at this bazaar. You can read my earlier review on Kala Thai ice cream here. Do try it and enjoy this authentic dessert.
Though there are few options in terms of vegetarian food, it is just nice to see a bustling bazaar in all its glory. For a totally new experience in terms of a huge bazaar and new food variations, Ramadan Bazaar 2015 is totally worth a visit. The Bazaar is on display till 16th July – visit it soon!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Bazaar – different cuisines ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar
Address: Outside Exit A Paya Lebar MRT/ Sims Avenue bus stop
Timings: Mon-Thu: 3pm – 11pm ; Fri-Sun: 1pm – midnight
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HappyRollies/1045415185487336
https://www.facebook.com/bakesandcrafts

Happy Life Vegetarian Restaurant

To begin with, here’s wishing all the readers of this blog a very Happy New Year. Work, travel and the holiday mood have kept me busy, but it’s a nice feeling to write a post today. I have missed writing – so here I am with a restaurant review. Singapore has a lot of small food establishments and I came across one such place serving only vegetarian food that opened on the New Year’s Day. They had a flat 20% discount on all items that day which was a nice promo offer. Opened in the Geylang area is this simple and clean place called Happy Life Vegetarian which was filled with colourful bouquets on its opening day. It had a LCD TV hung on the wall which was playing Channel 5. When you order, you are given a token and when your order is ready, your token number flashes on the electronic display. You can then go and pick your food. For a small place, that really caught my attention. Since we had gone for a late lunch, some of the items on the menu were no longer available.

Happy Life Vegetarian

Happy Life Vegetarian

The Orders
We tried the spring rolls for starters. They were OK and barely warm. I would have liked them to be more crisp and warm.They also serve yam rolls but those had gotten over.

Spring rolls

Spring rolls


For the mains, our order was ‘Veg Laksa’ which was quite flavorful. You can choose to have the Laska with a choice of noodles. The quality of the stock was good, but overall it was slightly under seasoned. I would have also liked more vegetables / tofu in it.

Veg laksa

Veg laksa


We also tried the ‘Veg Brown Rice Set’ which came with rice, beans, a soya based “salted fish”, eggplant, and a cucumber salad. All the vegetables were well-seasoned. The eggplant was nicely roasted and the beans acted as a worthy green component in the dish. The highlight for me was the cucumber and mango salad tossed with some peanuts which was absolutely delicious in this set.

Veg brown rice set

Veg brown rice set


Our entire meal cost us $7 (with 20% off included). For me, something new is always worth encouraging. Its nice to have vegetarian places spring up in the neighborhood which just adds to more eating options. And when they are affordable, one is even more deelighted. If you have time, go check them out and have a happy meal 🙂

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian ★★★
Nearest MRT: Aljunied
Address: Blk 134, Geylang East Ave 1, #01-219, Singapore 380134
Timings: Mon-Sun: 8am – 8pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/happylifevegrestaurant