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Ramadan brings change of rhythm to Malaysia and Singapore

Enjoying the iftar meal inside the Singapore Islamic Restaurant. ​ (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

SINGAPORE -- Every day by sundown during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the cooks and serving staff at the Singapore Islamic Restaurant are swamped.

On a recent evening, there was barely a seat to be found as hungry diners settled in for iftar, the post-fast evening supper, with the aroma of the house special, biryani -- a mixed rice dish -- wafting through the crowded restaurant and onto the muggy street outside.

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