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How to Make Chicken or Beef Bak Kwa (Barbecued Minced Meat)

I grew up in the part of Malaysia where this is known as “long yoke” (Cantonese & Hakka), and for a long time after coming to Australia, I had no idea what other people were talking about when they made reference to “bak » Read More

How to Cook Penang Char Koay Teow

A Wok Around Asia Recipe Courtesy of Parkroyal Penang Resort Folks, I'm very proud to present the first how-to video from my Wok Around Asia project, and it's appropriately on Char Koay Teow (or Char Kway Teow), one of the » Read More

How to Cook Malaysian Chicken Curry w/Turmeric Leaf

I wasn’t intending to blog about this Live Asian Kitchen broadcast, because Malaysian Chicken Curry is something I cook on a regular basis and I’ve already posted the recipe numerous times. However, this particular batch » Read More

How to Cook Chicken Bak Kut Teh (Chik Kut Teh)

I’ve had an aversion to pork since I was a kid, so I have no recollection of ever having eaten Bak Kut Teh (BKT), which is traditionally made using pork spare ribs. The smell of BKT is quite unmistakable however, and hard to » Read More

10 Cambodian Foods That Will Make You Fall In Love With Khmer Cooking

It was my first morning in Siem Reap, on my first ever trip to Cambodia. I knew no-one except a handful of staff I’d met the evening before at the hotel. I couldn’t speak one word of Khmer, and I was still trying to wrap my » Read More

Blue Flower Power And The Case For Cultural Appropriation

(Originally published on The Huffington Post December 2017) I have a confession to make - I don’t spend a lot of time browsing through pretty pictures on Instagram; it’s just not how I consume content. No surprise then, » Read More

#2166 – One Postcode, Three Food Destinations

Most people don’t know that my first few years in Australia were spent in Cabramatta and its surrounds. As new migrants in 1984, my parents couldn’t afford to live in the more upscale northwestern suburbs, where most » Read More

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Ginkgo Bar & Dining – Flavours of Harbin in the Heart of Sydney

A week ago, I was invited to try the food at Ginkgo Bar & Dining, a new eatery in my old neighbourhood of Darlinghurst. I was told it was a cosy late-night dim sum bar with dishes inspired by the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin. Now, I remember » Read More

Jom Makan! Wok Around Asia Street Food Masterminds

Back when I was asked to run some cooking classes at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Penang, a local food blogger, Ken from, showed up with a takeaway pack of Chee Cheong Fun for me to sample. That gesture has stuck with » Read More

Wok Around Asia – Dec 2017 – Jan 2018

I'm excited to announce my latest online project - Wok Around Asia - which will give me an opportunity to return to Southeast Asia after a three-year break (I know many people think I'm there every couple of months, but that's because I constantly reshare » Read More

Epping Christmas Markets – Friday 24 November 2017

It's that time of the year again - I've been attending the Epping Christmas Markets every year since its inception (and back when it was a monthly twilight market on Friday evenings). The market is on again this Friday 24th November 2017 at Our Lady Help » Read More

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