The momentum of Ramadan is indeed often utilized by many people to seek for more profits by selling break fasting culinary. One of the most crowded and frequently visited break fasting culinary markets is Ramadhan Benhil Market on Jl. Bendungan Hilir, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. Since the last few years, this place has been known as place where a wide range of culinary and snacks for breaking the fast are sold.
Since afternoon, tens of peddlers are ready to hawk their wares in Ramadan Benhil Market. Approaching fast breaking time, the market is getting crowded by the visitors to look for food to break the fast. As a result, traffic congestion on Jl. Bendungan Hilir cannot be avoided.
In the market, peddlers sell a lot of food menus, which will surely attract anyone who passes through the market, such as rice with chicken, fish, and beef jerky. The price offered is also affordable. A pack of rice with side dishes is sold at Rp 10,000-Rp 20,000, while pastries and snacks are sold for Rp 2,500-Rp 5,000 per piece. For drinks, the visitors can find coconut ice, kolang-kaling (sugar palm fruit), fruit ice, and many more, with price ranges from Rp 2,500-Rp 5,000 per pack.
“We open at 11 AM or 10 AM for peddlers of Padang culinary. We mix and fry the ingredients here,” told Khairil (40), one of the peddlers in Ramadhan Benhil Market, Friday (7/12).
Besides Muslims, non-Muslims are also buying food in Ramadhan Benhil Market. “That’s why we open at noon, because people also come here for lunch, like the non-Muslims,” added Khairil.
Berry (39), one of Ramadhan Benhil Market visitors, admitted that he visits the market to buy snacks for breaking the fast. “This place is always crowded during Ramadan. There are a lot of foods with great taste and affordable price that can be chose here,” he stated.
Therefore, Berry hopes the government could add more markets like Ramadhan Benhil Market. “It doesn’t matter if the market is held once a year. We are happy because there are varieties of foods for breaking fast,” he expressed.