Malaysia Fest in Sydney!

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A couple of weeks back, Saucer and I attended the Malaysia Fest (MFest), an annual community and cultural festival organised by the Malaysian Student Community of Sydney. Impressively, this year marks the 22nd time this event has been held here, mainly to promote and raise awareness of the Malaysian diverse culture to the Australian community. Fortunately for us, that day was brilliant with sun shining upon us from the early morning until late evening! It was the perfect weather for a day out with friends and familiar food. :)

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Amazing crowd at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour

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Towards Darling Harbour

The event was held at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, so we took the train down to the city and walked there. We could already see the crowd from far and the big screen displaying shows on the stage. The first thing I noticed was, of course, food stalls! There were about 20 stalls or more and most of them had long queues.

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with Saucer, walking to Tumbalong Park

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Crowd at MFest

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Gorgeous day for a picnic

One of the first counters that we stopped by was the one selling Raffle tickets. These were essentially tickets for lucky draw, and were sold at $1 each. Just because we’re first-timers, we purchased some in the hope for beginners’ luck! :)

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Raffles tickets

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Long queues for food

There were stalls selling roti canai, char kuey teow, nasi lemak, mee goreng, cendol, rojak, fried radish cake, satay and Hainanese chicken rice, just to name a few. And all of them screamed home! It was really hard deciding which stall to buy from, because the queues were so long and we didn’t want to waste too much time by just queuing. I noticed the stalls selling char kuey teow and roti canai to be the more popular ones, which was bad news for me because I was craving for char kuey teow! In the end, Saucer had to sacrifice by queuing for the famour Jackie M char kuey teow while I queued for the fried radish cake. :)

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Amazing roti canai-making performance

Roti canai demonstration

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Busy Malay Village stall selling roti

While waiting, I could see some other activities going on, like fashion shows on the stage, photo opportunity with some Malay costume wearers complete with the Pinang trees, as well as a live cooking demonstration. The atmosphere was really quite festive.

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Photo opportunity with traditional Malay costume wearers

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Host of Malaysian spices and chilli sauce for sale

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Rojak and cendol

One thing for sure, the prices of the food sure did not come close to Malaysian prices. Most of the noodles and rice cost at least $8 or more, and drinks were selling at around $3 each. The most overpriced item, to me, was the Nyonya kuih that was selling for $2.50 per piece! And the size was similar to what you would get from Malaysia. I have no idea why they would want to sell something so small at such a high price.

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Nyonya kuih at $2.50 each!

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Fashion show

Once we managed to get our food, we found a nice spot on the park and had a little picnic. We met a few other Malaysians there too, so we shared some of the food. The satay was pretty tasty and generously portioned, the fried radish cake from Penang Hawker was lack of the heat of wok, but the Jackie M seafood char kuey teow was pretty brilliant! There were 6 huge prawns spotted and the noodles were fried well with a fabulous aroma. That was my favourite buy of the day. Of course, it didn’t come cheap at $14 a plate!

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Satay

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Fried Kuey Teow from Penang Hawker stall ($9)

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Fried radish cake from Penang Hawker stall ($9)

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Char Kuey Teow from Jackie M – huge prawns! ($14)

While enjoying our food, we were treated with various cultural performances on stage, presented by Malaysian students mostly. Among those were the Chinese fan dance and a classical Indian dance. Credits should be given to these students for taking the time off to plan such a huge event and to prepare these performances. It was undoubtedly an effective way to share our rich Malaysian culture and food to the rest of the Australians. Looking forward to the one next year!

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Chinese fan dance

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 Classical Indian dance

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15 Comments
  • October 11th, 2012 3:58 PM
    Drops of Contentment

    Glad you got a taste of home with the atmosphere and of course the food. Looks like an impressive event! :)

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Thanks! It was quite a nice day out with good food and great weather indeed :)

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  • October 11th, 2012 4:06 PM
    suituapui

    Did you win anything? Met anybody you know?

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Unfortunately, I did not win anything.. but I did meet some new friends from Malaysia!

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  • October 11th, 2012 4:48 PM
    Baby Sumo

    The weather is indeed lovely for a day out.. the sky is so blue! Maybe next yr u shd set up a stall there at MFest too ;)

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    I think YOU should be the one setting up a stall! ;)

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  • October 11th, 2012 5:13 PM
    Sean

    wah, a picnic on the park! something else that we can’t really do in KL for fear of the heat and humidity here. and i’m lusting after those plump prawns in your char kuey teow :D

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    You’re right, can’t really do an outdoor event in KL without sweating buckets!

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  • October 12th, 2012 2:02 AM
    foongpc

    Oh long queue! I hate queues! And so expensive! But I guess you had a good time? : )

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    I did have a good time just spending it outdoors on a nice day.. and of course, surrounded by Malaysians!

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  • October 14th, 2012 10:09 PM
    Kash

    It’s good they have all that there, even you can buy Kg.Koh Chili sauce,damn, can get that here. But yeah, the kuih is to expensive, trying to coin in fast I suppose!

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  • October 14th, 2012 10:10 PM
    Kash

    It’s good they have all that there, even you can buy Kg.Koh Chili sauce,damn, can’t get that here. But yeah, the kuih is to expensive, trying to coin in fast I suppose!

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yes I love the Kg Koh Chilli sauce.. really reminded me of home! :)

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  • October 16th, 2012 5:18 PM
    claire

    wow.. Really amazing prices! But what to do.. in a foreign land, we got to spend like them but we ended up eating like malaysians cos we like to order a lot of food stuff! lol..

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    iamthewitch Reply:

    Yeah, eating Malaysian food here is the same as eating Western food in Malaysia. LOL! But we can’t afford to order a lot of food because they’re pricey and the portions are too big!

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