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, but you're not fooling anyone who has any inkling of what kaya is like. This new recipe is adapted from one I found at » Read More

Ya-Malaysia – Chatswood Interchange

I love hearing about new Malaysian restaurants because I’m tired of people never having experienced Malaysian food or getting it confused for Thai, Indonesian or Mongolian (yep) cuisine. (Don’t even get me started on Crispy Rendang-gate.) Anyhow thanks to the champion networking skills of my long-time collaborator Alexx of MyBlueTea.com.au, I » 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 moan about how tasteless and soggy they are compared to fresh Musang King or XO and all the other varieties of durian that the » 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 philosophy of "agak-agak" ie. guesstimating is in full force here, especially where the sugar is concerned, so take the amounts » 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 Laksa. It's molassy, dark brown, sweet and pungent. In Chinese it's known as Hei Ko, and in Malay it's called Petis Udang or Otak » Read More

Review: Portal Cafe @ 1 Martin Place

If you're in Sydney's CBD and looking for great food in a creative space with free WiFi, check out Portal Cafe, located on the mezzanine level at 1 Martin Place. I had the opportunity to visit the venue last week, and was struck by the freshness of the ingredients and the beautiful flavour combinations in the salad I ordered. The pumpkin soup » Read More

Your Own Successful Food Business

Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash Attention: Food Entrepreneurs Want to know how many people I speak to who struggle to stand out in their food business despite the long hours and hard work they put in? Answer: Lots. They so deserve to be rewarded for their incredible talent in the kitchen. But without expensive » 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 there’s no seafood in hoisin (Cantonese for “seafood”) sauce. “Fish-fragrant” references the fact that the sweet, sour and » 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 cassava as well. I also tried a few different variations including using less sauce and therefore a much thinner coating on » Read More

Concord Hospital Market Is Back; Also, My New Kitchen

Concord Hospital Market, which was disrupted for months due to construction work at the site, has now officially resumed; I'm back on the green at lunchtime on Thursdays if you happen to be in the area; details per below - Where: Concord Hospital, Entry via Gate 2 on Hospital Road When: Thursdays 11am-2pm What: Jackie M's Char Kway Teow » Read More