Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise till sunset in the month of Ramadhan. This is a time of fasting for your body by abstaining from food and water and enriching your soul by reading the Quran.
In Singapore, today marks the first day of fasting. My family wakes up at 4.30am to eat sahur, the morning meal that will sustain us throughout the day till sunset. Mommy made a batch of beef rendang yesterday that will be a staple for this first week’s sahur. Beef rendang gets better the more you reheat the dish, it gets dryer more like a beef floss by the end of the week. She also made soy sauce duck and hard-boiled eggs. There is always rice for sahur.
When I was studying in Perth, the quick fix for sahur was instant noodles, chicken porridge or fish porridge. There’s a big difference on what mommy makes and what I’d make for myself.
When sunset comes and the call for Maghrib prayers are heard, we break our fast with dates and water, a cup of tea, sandwiches and soup. Really really light meals for Iftar are good, else you’ll just end up stuffed and waddling to prayers afterwards.
After the terawih prayers at the mosque we’d go to the bazaar to buy snacks like Takoyaki, Ramly Burgers and Prawn Vadehs.
Stalls upon stalls of food line Geylang Serai. This year’s interesting Ramadhan find was the Coconut shake, a refreshing cup of coconut water, ice and vanilla ice cream.
Queue for Vadehs
Fairy-lights adorn the trees
This is also the time where many families gather together to break their fasts and pray together.
Anyways to my fellow Muslim sisters and brothers who stop by this humble blog, I wish you all Ramadhan Kareem!