How to Cook Indonesian Padang-Style Eggplant Balado

Lately, my local greengrocer has been stocking the variety of eggplant that I grew up eating back in Malaysia (correct me if I’m wrong, but I often see them referred to here as Japanese eggplants), and it prompted me to get some for one of my favourite Indonesian Padang dishes known as Terung (Eggplant) Balado. I air-fried the eggplants in my » Read More

How to Make An Easy Nut-Free Carrot Cake

I rarely bake because I’m not much of a cake eater, but I have on occasion had to use up some leftover carrots, in which case my go-to option is to bake it into a carrot cake.  This recipe was originally sourced from the Thermomix recipe community, but I’ve made so many adjustments that it bears no resemblance to the original. I find Western » Read More

How to Make Crispy Sengkuang (Yam Bean) Fritters

  I’d be lying if I said I’d always wanted to learn how to make crispy yam bean (aka sengkuang aka jicama) fritters; they look vaguely familiar but I’m not even sure if I’ve ever eaten them. It so happened I had some yam bean dying a slow death in my pantry when I came across the recipe in the Nyonya Kuih Passions cookbook by Andrew » Read More

How to Cook Sang Har Yee Meen (Crispy Freshwater Prawn Noodles)

I remember Sang Har Yee Meen (literally, freshwater prawn crispy noodles) as a popular dish at open-air restaurants in Malaysia, but they're actually pretty easy to make at home. If you're not too fixated about using freshwater prawns, you'll save a few bucks by using a cheaper and more commonly available variety like the banana prawns pictured » Read More

Chillies (30 Days 30 Asian Ingredients Series)

In this Live broadcast on Chillies, I cover the different types of chillies used in Malaysian and Southeast Asian cooking, and explain their uses and preparation methods. I also reveal a good, cheap substitute that I’ve encountered in my recent trips to my local non-Asian fruit and vegetable shop, and how to “hack” the flavour to achieve the same » Read More

How to Make Sup Kambing (Malaysian Goat Soup)

Someone recently asked if I knew how to make Sup Kambing, which of course I do; I used to sell it as a frozen meal back in the day at my restaurant and markets, along with over a dozen other Malaysian dishes. I also cooked it at a charity cook-off a few years back (the money went to Down Syndrome NSW) and won first prize for it. So whoever it was » Read More

How to Make Nyonya Soon Kuih aka Chai Kueh

This is a more recent recipe for Soon Kuih or Chai Kueh that I used during one of my Live Asian Kitchen broadcasts on Twitch. I was much happier with the texture of the skin, which was softer and less rubbery, hence why I'm posting it here. (BTW kuih and kueh are the same word in Malay; they can be used interchangeably, though kuih is a more » Read More

How to Make Yong Tau Foo with Chee Cheong Fun & Tim Cheong

I used to sell this at my now-defunct restaurant on Majors Bay Road in Concord, Sydney, and I still make and eat it on a semi-regular basis (anyone who watches my Live Asian Kitchen will vouch for that) so much so I assumed I’d posted the recipe on my website long ago. That was until someone on Instagram asked for the recipe and I thought I’d » Read More

How to Make Steamed Three Colour Eggs

Steamed eggs are a staple of Chinese homecooks, so if your childhood was anything like yours truly's, this will have featured regularly at the dinner table. They are sometimes embellished with other ingredients such as minced meat, or, in this instance, salted duck egg and century egg. This recipe will work just as well if you use only fresh » Read More

How to Cook Crab with Yee Meen Noodles

Mud crab with ginger and shallots and yee meen noodles is a bit of a special occasion dish at Chinese restaurants here in Australia because of its price tag, but it's actually quite easy to achieve at home, especially if you use cheaper varieties of crab like I did here. I usually go for spanner crabs, which usually go for about 1/3 the price tag » Read More