Taste Of Chinatown Food Tour

Did you know that the location of Sydney’s Chinatown today was actually the third since it was established? I learned that along with lots of other fascinating historical facts thanks to the Taste of Chinatown food tour I attended a few evenings ago. While I consider myself pretty familiar with Chinatown - one of my first weekend jobs after » Read More

Review: Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller

As a former IT consultant, I do like to keep up with technology, and the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller is the latest device I've recently had the opportunity to assess. It is a keypad that's small enough to fit in my hand, and it allows me to select, type, swipe, scroll, increase and decrease the volume and zoom in and out, etc. when I’m » Read More

Cabramatta Moon Festival 2018

Folks, the Cabramatta Moon Festival is coming up again on Sunday 23 September, 2018. As per last year, a certain "superstar chef and Cabra Community member" (hey, I'm just quoting the Cabramatta FB page) will be onstage to do a cooking demonstration, so if you're based in Sydney, do try and catch me at 3.10pm on the John Street main » Read More

Concord Hospital Market & Other Events – Important Announcement

If you're one of my Concord Hospital Market customers, or have plans to visit over the next few weeks, I just wanted to let you know the market is suspended until 11 Oct 2018 due to construction work on the grass area where it's usually held. HOWEVER, during this period, a small number of stalls (3-4) will be set up in the grounds of the » Read More

Matching Australian Wines With Asian Food

I was recently sent a box of Australian wines courtesy of Wine Selectors, a wine subscription company which sells wine from over 500 Australian producers, of bronze medal standard or higher. The pack I received was from their Australia’s First Families of Wine Favourites Mixed Collection, and this has given me the perfect opportunity to » Read More

Penang Food – What The Locals Eat (Part 1)

A Wok Around Asia Penang Food Guide It can be tough trying to navigate the food scene in Malaysia - even for someone like me who grew up there. Each town or city has its own food culture, and the best eats are not necessarily what you might find on Expedia or Yelp. That's why I strive, with Wok Around Asia, to meet up with locals and really get » Read More

12 Delicious Reasons Why You Should Visit Cabramatta, Canley Vale & Canley Heights

My connection to postcode 2166 - Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Canley Heights - goes back to 1984, when my family first arrived in Australia and settled in this part of Sydney. I come from a small town in Malaysia where one of its few claims to fame was its beef noodles (Seremban Ngau Lam Fun), so I was skeptical about this competing Vietnamese beef » Read More

Jackie M TV Segments – A Playlist

I've never really shared clips from my TV appearances, and while I'd like to put it down to my innate sense of modesty, it's more often a case of not actually knowing when I'm on, since I don't own a television. Finally, after being tagged multiple times on social media by people who've caught sight of me on various cooking or lifestyle shows, I » Read More

The Blue Flower Party That Almost Wasn’t

“Can you talk?” Phone in one hand, luggage and baby Noah in the other, I typed those words and hit Send from the immigration line at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Almost immediately my Note 8 started ringing in response.   All around me were signs that said “No Phone Use Allowed”, but desperate times called for desperate measures. I » Read More

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 back when Chinatown between 11am-3pm was the only option if I wanted top notch dim sums; it » Read More