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Published May 1st 2012
Australia is a great place to live with its fresh air and open sky, but sometimes you miss the buzz of the city, the scent of mamak stalls or hearing someone speak in that unmistakable accent you grew up with.
If you live near Glen Waverley, there is no shortage of Malaysian company around but here are a few suggestions:
A big part of being Malaysian is loving the food. If you've got a Yong Tau Fu craving, Grand Tofu on Kingsway offers a delicious selection reminiscent of Ampang Yong Tau Fu. It's low-key, unpretentious and offers a decent meal for under $15. You can also get other Malaysian favourites like bak kut teh, curry laksa and char kuey teow.
Go to any Asian Grocer in Kingsway and you'll feel almost right at home surrounded by Maggie Mee and Lee Kum Kee. If you're into cooking, there are lots of items that will allow you to whip up something just like mum's such as foo chook (dried bean curd), tung fan (glass noodles), seri kaya (coconut jam) and Mak Nyonya curry paste.
If you don't like cooking, there's frozen Roti Canai, Heong Peng from Ipoh and yes, even kuih talam (Strait's style coconut pudding) to take away.
On a friendliness scale of one to five, CityLife church ranks about 7. For some reason, this church has drawn a very large Asian community and if you're looking for Malaysian company, the odds are totally in your favour of finding similarly-rooted people.
Their services are on Saturday (4pm and 6pm) and Sunday (9am and 11.15am), and they are always open to new visitors.