Yesterday I went for ‘Pasar Malam,’ a food fiesta and hawker street organized by the Womens Affairs Committee of the Sri Lanka Malay Association. Having a Malay grandmother, I had been exposed to most of these food items growing up. My grandma loves to cook and she and her sisters make some amazing Malay dishes.
A brief history of the Malays in Sri Lanka can be read here.
On an invitation from Meg, my mum, grandma, and I spent our evening at the fair with her family enjoying the great food, conversation and atmosphere.
Held at the ‘Padang’ a historic building, home to the Colombo Malay Cricket Club (CMCC) and the Sri Lanka Malay Association, we tried an assortment of Malay treats from kaki soup to satay, pasthol to prawn dumplings.
Apart from traditional Sri Lankan Malay cuisine, there were also stalls serving Indonesian, Malaysian, Indian and Middle Eastern food. I genuinely enjoyed my bites from all the stalls and think it’s a fantastic place for the average foodie to run riot.
The evening gave way to musical performances, fashion shows and even a demonstration by Hair dresser Ramzi Rahman.
The Malay people and their culture, are such an intrinsic part of our country. All Sri Lankans should definitely visit the next Pasar Malam for a taste of their food and a glimpse into their way of life.