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Gerai Ramadhan, Stadium Hassanal Bolkiah

I visited the Berakas Gerai Ramadhan at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last weekend with my family. "Gerai" means "stall at market" or "booth", in this case referring to the community of food stalls by the National Stadium in Berakas. We got there just before sundown and the place was packed! A lot was happening all at once. I saw food stalls to my left and right, sweets and savouries, smoke from barbeque pits, colourful take-away plastic bags, families and friends. I heard orders taken, sizzle from cooking pots and pans, kids laughing, families connecting. There were moments where I just followed my nose and found stalls serving pan-fried seafood, satay sticks, apam-balik, tongkeng, chicken wings, sugar cane juice, grilled banana-leaf fish, etc etc etc. After about an hour and a half, I got home and my taste and touch senses were engaged. They were happy. Happy and satisfied.

These are a few photographs from Berakas Gerai Ramadhan, starting with a High-5 from my mate, Zul Fadly Osman at the KaPOW burger stall.

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There are many many more stalls. Spoilt for choice? You bet'cha.

The Berakas Gerai Ramadhan is one of the great Ramadhan gerai's in Brunei and it is home to veteran, seasonal and start-up food and beverage vendors. If you are a local or a visitor and have not yet had a Gerai experience, put it on your to-do list. If you already have had a Gerai experience, bring someone who has not. Kenali Negara Kitani.

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