Both featured plenty of food, hungry crowds and a program of free entertainment. The food was cheaper at Malaysia Fest, but the queues were also much longer too. I loved the sense of family togetherness here as rugs and mats were laid on grass, umbrellas set up to provide shade from the glaring sun, and everyone looked to be settled in for a long day out together.
Malaysia Fest at Tumbalong Park
Mini cakes at the Ipoh Coffee stall
Mini cupcakes at the Ipoh Coffee stall
Flavoured syrups for snow cones
Kaya jam from Jimmy's
Kaya is a thick sweet jam made from coconut cream, eggs and sugar. Traditionally it is spread on thick slices of toast for breakfast in Malaysia and Singapore.
Roti means bread, and this light flaky multi-layered pastry is made using plenty of ghee (clarified buter), egg, flour and water. The flattened bread is fried on a well-oiled heavy iron skillet.
Takoyaki octopus balls are Japanese, but they always seem to make an appearance at Asian festivals.
Spicy chicken wings $2.00
These spicy chicken wings were super tasty: crunchy-fried, moist and coated with a mouth-tingling crust of fiery spices.
Fresh sugar cane for juicing
Murtabak (also known as martabak) is a Mamak (Indian Muslim) snack popular in Malayasia and Singapore. Roti canai pastry is used to enclose a thick saucy curry filled with onions, egg and usually mutton.
I had the sardine murtabak (the meat ones had sold out) which was sweet, sour and salty all at once.
And it was fried. So it was good.
Malaysia Fest is an annual community event organised primarily by university students of Malaysian background.
This year's Malaysia Fest, its 16th year, was held on Sunday 3 September 2006 at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
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