Hari Raya Puasa is a special occasion for Muslims in Singapore and it is coming up on the 14th of May this year. It marks the end of Ramadan, the fasting month and the start of Syawal, the first day of the celebration . According to our Muslim friends in the office, this is how Hari Raya is celebrated:
First, they wake up and have their breakfast, and then dress up to get ready for the day. Next, they visit the mosque to pray and return home or to their elders’ place. There, they will seek forgiveness from their elders, and the eldest child goes first, followed by the younger children, according to age.
Seeking forgiveness is called salam, and it is a show of respect from the younger family member to their elders.
This year, although visiting is permitted unlike last year, Even though the permitted gathering number has been reduced from 8 to 5, “the Raya spirit never dies, as there are many ways Muslim families can bond with their families. They can do so through zoom calls or visit them another day.
While at their relatives’ and elders’ houses, delicious food and snacks line the plates and tables of the families houses.
We’ve compiled a list of said goodies in the relatives and elders’ houses. Read on to find out 10 snacks and foods to eat this Hari Raya!
- Tapak Kuda
Store that we recommend: Bakes by Aliyah, Breadwerks
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- Joo Chiat - 81 Joo Chiat Rd #01-02 Singapore 427725, Tampines - Our Tampines Hub #B1-K30 Singapore 528523 (Breadwerks)
- 9790 2421 (Bakes by Aliyah)
- Check out their website for more information (Breadwerks)
This treat is probably well-known by our Muslim readers. If you’re craving tapak kuda, why limit yourself to just the Nutella flavour. Bakes by Aliyah offers an assortment of flavours, their current flavours are Nutella, Red Velvet and Ondeh Ondeh. If you’re looking for a wider variety of flavours for the family to try, you can also check out Breadwerks. Horlicks, chocolate, oreo-cheese, Milo and many more… Tapak Kuda fans you’re in for a treat having their signature tapak kuda, mini tarts and sliced cakes delivered right to your doorstep.
Rendang, a Hari Raya staple food. Our Muslim friends in the office all said they were looking forward to enjoying rendang this coming Hari Raya.
Source: Ang Sarap
Commonly found in our neighbouring countries, Malaysia, and Indonesia, Rendang is a popular dish that has a long history in the region, that can be traced back to the 15th century. It is a rich, savoury dish made with meat stewed in coconut milk and a variety of spices. The different versions of rendang use different ingredients for the rempah (Malay for “spice mix”), thus resulting in differing flavours to the meat.
Rendang is normally eaten with naan bread or rice.
Recommended store: HJH Maimunah
Location: 6 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199138
Contact Info: 6291 3132
Established in the 1990s, Hjh Maimunah is a well-known halal establishment, and a familiar place for traditional, Kampung-style cuisine. They have been listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore 2020.
Google Reviews of the two-storey Muslim food establisment hailed praises about the food they served, saying things like this is place served good quality Muslim food.
The rendang was also tender and the food was affordable.
If you would like to immerse in the raya spirit with good Muslim food,especially their Beef Rendang
Begedils are deep fried potato patties, and are a staple part of the delectable food eaten during Hari Raya.
Hard and crispy on the outside, soft and savoury on the inside, the soft potato inside and the crunch of the exterior gives the person eating the
It is normally eaten with Mee Soto.
Sinar Pagi Nasi Padang (Geylang)
Address: #02-137 Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre, 1 Geylang Serai, 402001
Sinar Pagi specializes in Nasi Padang, among other dishes(it’s in their name), but their Begedils are also one of their specialties.
If you would like to enjoy begedils at a Halal food establishment that offers authentic Muslim cuisine like Nasi Padang and especially Begedils, then head down to Sinar Pagi today!
Lontong is typically eaten as a breakfast dish and also served during special occasions such as Hari Raya Puasa and Malay weddings.
According to Infopedia Singapore, Lontong refers to compressed rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves shaped like a cylinder, usually served as an accompaniment to curries and stews or as a side dish with peanut-based sauces.
Before serving, the compressed rice is sliced into small cakes.
To prepare lontong, banana leaves are first put in boiling water quickly to be bent more easily and then dried and cut into rectangular pieces. Each piece is rolled into a cylinder with one end either folded and secured with toothpicks or tied up. The rice is washed and drained before being placed in the banana leaf. The rice should only fill about a third of the space, leaving ample room for it to expand as it is cooked. After filling it with rice, the other end of the cylinder and its centre are sealed.
Recommended store: Queenstown Lontong
Address: Tanglin Halt Food Centre 1A Commonwealth Dr, Singapore 141001
Phone: +65 9182 2189 (WhatsApp only)
Opening Hours: 7am to 2pm daily.
Queenstown Lontong serves their lontong in a broth with coconut milk.
Miss Tam Chiak vouches for the lontong at Queenstown Lontong, saying that “Queenstown Lontong has definitely perfected the coconut milk-to-broth ratio as the broth possessed the characteristics of coconut milk, without being too rich or heavy. The serunding (fried coconut) and sambal cranked the dish up a few notches. The rice cakes proved to be the best vehicle to soak up all of the goodness in the bowl.” Source: misstamchiak
The long morning queues at Queenstown Lontong should attest to how good the lontong is at the place. In fact, Queenstown sells out at 11am. For those looking to enjoy the lontong over Hari Raya Puasa, do head down early!
- Food, Cakes and Raya Gift bundles
Recommended store: All things delicious
Location: 34 Arab Street 01-01, Singapore 199733
Contact: 6291 4252
Having a wide range of sweet and savoury offerings like Soy-Glazed Salmon Rice Bowl to their assortment of cakes, pastries and desserts. This Hari Raya, all things delicious has an exclusive Raya ready store so that you can enjoy this Hari Raya at home with your family.
Check out their Iftar Menu Bundles, such as their best-selling Iftar Chef-To-Go and hearty platters, there’s definitely something for everyone. Here’s a tip for you! If you’re considering getting some food from all things delicious do order in advance as they have a prep time of 3 days. They also offer Hari Raya snacks such as their cookies packed in jars of five sizes starting from petite plastic jars to reusable glass jars coming in a range of unique flavours:
- Coconut Gula Melaka Cookies - Coconut & Gula Melaka two universally loved ingredients. One cookie is never enough!
- Pecan Demerara Cookies - Pecans enrobed in an all-butter shortbread gets rolled in raw demerara sugar making them extra crispy after baking!
- Chocolate Almond Shortbread - Sweet and rich shortbread
- Oatmeal Apricot Cookies - a chewy snack loaded with apricots an German oats
If you want a heavier snack for your celebrations all things delicious also has a range of Hari Raya cakes. Here are some of their best sellers such as the crackly top brownie, bread and butter pudding, pulut hitam coconut cake, and many more! Looking for gift ideas this Hari Raya? All things delicious also offers an assortment of gift boxes, baskets and care packs to choose from.
Even though the permitted gathering number has been reduced from 8 to 5, and you might not be able to go out and meet with your family and friends. Fret not! Get to enjoy flavours of the east with The Kettle Gourmet.
The Kettle Gourmet offers both local and original flavours, our best seller being the fragrant Nasi Lemak, experience the perfect mix of flavours aromatic rice infused with the taste of coconut and a distinct taste of sambal at the end.
At The Kettle Gourmet, we infuse popcorn with popular local flavors such as Chili Crab, Kaya Butter Toast, Nasi Lemak and chicken floss. Our popcorn is sure to make you go EUREKA! Want to have the traditional kaya butter toast in our bag of popcorn, try out the iconic spicy chilli crab, without the hassle and mess of cracking open the shell. We also have the perfect garnish sprinkled all over rice and your food, chicken floss! Enjoy all these familiar flavours all packed into one bag popcorn for you! If we have managed to grab your attention by now, do check out our online store to discover more specialty local flavours just for you. Want to get snacks to share with family and friends? We offer a variety of bundle deals for you! Crazy asian bundle consisting of Nasi Lemak, Kaya Butter and Chili Crab.
OR if you’re looking for a nice gift box, you can consider our assorted singles bundle. It contains 6 of our snack monsters, 1 of each flavour, packed neatly in a fancy gift box and is suitable as a gift for all occasions.
Hari Raya Bundle containing Hari Raya snacks like pineapple tarts, classic sugee and tea