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Friday, September 08, 2006

Malaysia Fest 2006

Last Sunday was spent flitting between the Spanish Quarter Street Festival on Liverpool Street, and Malaysia Fest over the road in Darling Habour.

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.

malaysian festival
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
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 canai
Roti canai

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.

curry puffs
Curry puffs


Takoyaki octopus balls are Japanese, but they always seem to make an appearance at Asian festivals.

spicy chicken
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 sugarcane
Fresh sugar cane for juicing

Murtabak $3.00

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.

murtabak innards

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.

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Spanish Quarter Street Festival 2006
Campsie Food Festival 2006
Campsie Food Festival 2005
Campsie Food Festival 2004
Indonesian Festival, Randwick, 2006
Thai Food Festival 2005
9 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 9/08/2006 11:58:00 pm


  • At 9/09/2006 1:16 am, Blogger Su-Yin -Décorateur said…

    *gets excited*
    I see you took pictures at our Ipoh Coffee stall! I wish i knew who you were :( would have loved to say hello and shook your hand. *blush* I'm one of your blog fans...hehe. There were too many people with camera's...most of them bloggers I suppose. Hope you were'nt too disappointed at the coffee at our stall...I'm personally not a fan of it myself! haha but i guess I had no choice then; my job was to promote it! *laughs*

  • At 9/09/2006 11:56 am, Blogger thanh7580 said…

    Another great post. Kaya is delicious with toast as you say and glutinous rice. Takoyaki is also another one of my favourites, I love the contrast of the octopus and the soft flour shells.

  • At 9/10/2006 12:10 am, Blogger shez said…

    hi helen!

    i think you've labelled a picture of curry puffs as roti :) glad to hear you had a good time at malaysia fest... you might have hit it just as the crowds started to subside - there were SO many people when i got there!

  • At 9/10/2006 11:05 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for posting about this festival and the Spanish one! I really wanted to go but unfortunately I had to study instead :( It's nice to see what I missed out on but kinda sad at the same time, lol :)

  • At 9/10/2006 12:19 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So much food deliciousness! I am unbelievably jealous of all these food festivals you have!

  • At 9/10/2006 8:49 pm, Blogger ilingc said…

    Hi. Being Malaysian and all I feel kind of nostalgic reading your post and looking the assam laksa, kaya and murtabak. yummm.. dont think there's such thing as a Malaysia Fest in Melbourne (not that I know off anyway). Only time there's a fest with Asian Food is during Chinese New Year and Moon Cake festival.

  • At 9/10/2006 10:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love all of your photos! I wish I'd known about the Malaysian Festival, definitely would love some of that food. I'm also a little jealous that you managed or were patient enough to get some churros.

  • At 9/11/2006 12:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi Helen!
    I absolutely adore your blog!
    your like a giant fountain of knowledge... foody knowledge ;)

    Everything looks soo good in the photos and tastyy!
    how do u find out bout so many cool events and restaurants?

    Oh and if you ever go to Japan again u have to go get a bakudan! its a takoyaki but its the size of my fist :| soo goodd

    anyway please continue posting lots more ^^! THHXXXX

  • At 1/25/2007 12:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey Helen..

    glad you enjoyed the Malaysia Fest..and hope to see you again this year. we'll be back with, hopefully, more food!

    keep an eye on our website at www.malaysiafest.com.

    Zurairi "Zek" Abd Rahman
    on behalf of the MFest 2007 Committee


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