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How To Make Vegan Fried Spicy Cashew Nuts

I first heard about spicy fried cashew nuts from the People With Disability advocate who helped me file Noah’s NDIS review (I’ll write all about the failings of the NDIS on a separate platform - if you have your own NDIS » Read More

How To Make Vegan Kaya II

This was my second attempt at a vegan version of Kaya; the first time around, I used mashed taro (=> https://jackiem.com.au/2017/02/23/make-vegan-kaya-onde-onde/ ), which basically tasted like sweetened mashed taro. Nice, » Read More

How to Make Vegan Durian-Filled Puffs

I’ve probably said this before but we Malaysians tend to be durian snobs - those of us living overseas buy frozen Thai Mornthong durian out of necessity and desperation because they’re cheap and readily available - and then » Read More

How To Make Vegan Acar (Spicy Pickles)

This is the same acar recipe (mixed vegetable pickle with crushed roasted peanuts and sesame seeds) that I used for my restaurant except for the omission of shrimp paste (belacan) in order to make it vegan. Please note my » Read More

How To Make Petis Udang or Hei Ko (Prawn Paste)

This prawn paste is sometimes called shrimp paste (not to be confused with belacan/terasi; I know, it's confusing), and it's best known as the base for Penang rojak aka fruit rojak, and as a topping/dip for Penang Assam » Read More

How to Cook Szechuan Crispy Eggplant With Yu Xiang Sauce

Iteration 1 - battered eggplant with simmered sauce Yu Xiang means “fish-fragrant” in Mandarin, but I’ve avoided using the direct translation in this title to avoid confusion - there’s no fish in this vegan dish, much like » Read More

How to Make Krepek Ubi Pedas Manis – Spicy Potato, Cassava or Sweet Potato Crisps

Krepek ubi pedas manis is Indonesian for spicy and sweet crisps made usually from cassava or sweet potato. I’ve previously made and posted the recipe for the sweet potato version but I’ve recently tested it using potato and » Read More

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Food Fame – Zaleha Olpin of Crispy Rendang-gate

Crispy Rendang Story by Says.com When news broke that a Malaysian contestant was eliminated from MasterChef UK because the judges faulted her chicken rendang for not being crispy, it had the rare effect of uniting the populations of Malaysia, » Read More

Food Fame – MasterChef Malaysia Judge, Chef Jo

Chef Jo of MasterChef Malaysia I’ve never watched reality cooking shows but I always imagined that MasterChef judges would be aloof and, frankly, a bit full of themselves. That was until I met Johari Edrus (aka Chef Jo), the main judge in the » Read More

Kontiki Restaurant @ Federal Hotel KL

Har Meen (Prawn Noodle Soup) I always tell new travellers to Malaysia that the best way to experience Malaysian food in all its glorious iterations and in air conditioned-comfort, is via the in-house restaurant buffets at international hotels. The » Read More

Why My Food Is Not “Authentic”, And Why I Don’t Care

One of the measures of whether a restaurant’s food is good is whether it’s “authentic” — a term that’s a particular favourite of armchair food critics the world over. Now, as a former Malaysian restaurateur and professional cook, I’ve received my fair » Read More

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