Moving to a new country on your own is never easy, especially when you don’t have any close family or friends there. But knowing this group of people sharing the same fate has brought much warmth and comfort to us – the Malaysians in Sydney. The past couple of weeks had been gloomy and rainy, putting most of our outdoor plans on hold. Fortunately, our long-awaited pot luck gathering fell on a superbly sunny Sunday morning, where the sun was bright and the sky was clear and blue. The weather could not have been any more perfect.
Some of the food
There must have been at least 20 people who gathered that morning, with each family bringing their own specialty. They say food brings the world together, but I think food brings home closer. Yes, we do miss Malaysian food after having stayed here for a couple of months, but these fabulous people made some of the best home-cooked Malaysian food that one could ask for.
The gorgeous weather
Our meeting point at Willoughby Park
We had a variety of food, with the Satay as my favorite. It was the first time that I had eaten satay this huge and juicy! It was easily 3-4 times the size of the usual satay we had back home. Then, there was the fried mee and vermicelli, both of which were superb with the gorgeous rendang curry. And then someone was thoughtful to bring steamed Char Siew Pao as well, which tasted pretty similar to what we have in Malaysia. Ahh, the nostalgia. The good thing about the parks in Australia is most of them come equipped with electric BBQ pits, which are free for public use. Thanks to that, we had freshly grilled sausages and skewers with onions. Yum!
Steamed char siew pao
As for me, I made some Yogurt Blueberry Muffins to bring to the pot luck the night before. Alas, Saucer was more interested in the Pulut tai tai (blue glutinous rice cake) that was served with home made kaya. He must have had at least 3 pieces of those, as compared to just one of my muffins.
Yogurt Blueberry Muffins
Blue Glutinous Rice Cakes
The food spread
It was overall a fun event with plenty of good food to go around and gorgeous weather to boot. We talked and talked with each other, even though it was just the first time we met. There must be something about meeting someone from home that fostered a special bond. We are already in the talks for the next gathering in Spring time!
Gathering with Malaysians in Sydney