How to Cook Lobster Yee Mein

I still remember that time we ordered lobster yee mein (fresh lobster with fried wheat noodles and garlic, ginger and shallots) during lunch in Sydney’s Chinatown; it bumped our yum cha bill to just shy of $1000. We’re talking one lobster shared among the 4 of us, in case there’s any confusion. Thankfully, it was my younger sister, here on a flying » Read More

How to Make Hainanese Roast Chicken Rice

I prefer my Hainanese Chicken Rice with roast rather than “white” chicken, though my recipe actually calls for it to be deep-fried, since it produces a crispier skin (it’s a personal preference, folks, I know that’s not how most people make it). Here’s my take on Hainanese “roast” chicken rice; I’ll post a new update down the track, especially if I » Read More

How to Cook Oxtail Asam Pedas

A Wok Around Asia Recipe by MasterChef Malaysia Judge Chef Jo I had the privilege of meeting Chef Johari Edrus during my last trip to Kuala Lumpur, and I was intrigued  by the concept of his restaurant, Symphony By Chef Jo, located in Damansara City Mall. The cuisine is "eclectic", meaning it derives ideas, styles, and tastes from a broad and » Read More

How to Cook Khmer-Style Grilled Squid

This Khmer-style squid recipe was inspired by the Sihanoukville Cuttlefish at Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap’s Lok Lak Restaurant. (That recipe, courtesy of Chef Chanrith Van, can be found here >> https://jackiem.com.au/2018/10/30/how-to-cook-sihanoukville-cuttlefish/). I figured I’d have a go at making it using frozen squid tubes, which » Read More

Carols At Yaralla – Jackie M Pop-Up

I've been invited to cook my food at the Carols At Yaralla event coming up on Friday 7 December 2018; if you're in Sydney and located not too far away from the inner west, why not bring your family along for some Christmas carols and a bite to eat? At this stage, I'll likely be cooking Fried Radish Cake (aka Chai Tow Kway/Char Kway Kak), Char » Read More

How to Make Kanom Krok – Thai Coconut Cakes

I had never eaten kanom krok (aka Thai coconut cakes or Thai coconut custard) when I attempted to make it during a recent Live Asian Kitchen broadcast. Without a frame of reference as to how it should taste, I found both the recipe I used and the final outcome somewhat perplexing. First of all, it produced a gooey topping that had no chance of » Read More

How to Cook Crispy Squid or Calamari

My seafood shopping choices are heavily dictated by budget, in the sense that I would pick up something simply because it looks cheap, and figure out how to make it palatable after the fact. This explains why I often use squid instead of the more expensive calamari; contrary to popular opinion, squid can taste pretty tender even when simply » Read More

How to Make Sweet Potato Dumplings with Red Bean Paste Filling

  These sweet potato dumplings are pretty easy to make; you can used ready-to-use red bean paste (in cans or packs at your local Asian grocery store), though in this Live Asian Kitchen, I used the homemade red bean paste I’d made a couple of weeks earlier. Other popular filling options include lotus seed paste or mung bean paste. The » Read More

29 Dishes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Penang

A Wok Around Asia Guide to Penang Food It’s a well-accepted fact that Malaysia produces some of the best street food in the world - however, different parts of Malaysia are famous for specific dishes, and Penang is no different. How do you know what to eat if you’re visiting Penang for just a few days?  Well, to help you decide, this is my » Read More

How to Cook Yee Mein Noodles with Garlic Butter Sauce

I recently had some crab yee mein noodles at The Good Kitchen restaurant in Hurstville, and they were so memorable I decided to attempt making the dish during my Live Asian Kitchen broadcast (but with prawns due to budget constraints). The noodles were served up with a butter and garlic sauce, and I was told that the secret was to add a small » Read More