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 head around the local currency - I had converted my Aussie dollars into Cambodian riels but was pondering if I should have » 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, that I missed the recent trend in blue butterfly (aka blue pea) flower-infused images of food and drink on social media. » 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 KenHuntFood.com, showed up with a takeaway pack of Chee Cheong Fun for me to sample. That gesture has stuck with me, not just for the Chee Cheong Fun, which tasted delicious, but because it encapsulated the » 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 Malaysians seem to congregate, so we ended up in postcode 2166 - Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Canley Heights. The insolent teen in » Read More

How to Make Colourful Onde-Onde

In this Live Asian Kitchen, I wanted to experiment with some new natural colouring products sent to me by My Blue Tea, namely Rosella and Matcha. Using those colours along with the company's flagship product, the Blue Butterfly (bunga telang) powder, I managed to get some lovely colourful effects in this batch of onde-onde (also known as klepon in » Read More

How to Make Indonesian Sup Soto (Low Carb)

I was hesitant to call this a Soto since its defining characteristic is the use of compressed rice squares (ketupat) simmered in soup, and with the whole low-carb thing, I’m severely restricting my rice consumption. Instead, I added some coconut powder (I would have used coconut cream or coconut  milk but I didn’t have any on hand) to compensate » Read More

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice (Low-Carb)

In this Live Asian Kitchen you will hear me say repeatedly how much I disliked cauliflower, and how much contempt I held for the attempts at cauliflower fried rice I’d seen online. They looked like gooey couscous or risotto, and bore no resemblance to fried rice as I know it. I thus came into to this session with very low expectations, but was » Read More

How to Make Sambal for Prawn Noodle Soup (Har Meen) (Low-Carb)

  If you've followed my Live Asian Kitchen broadcasts for any length of time, you would know that the term sambal belacan" (shrimp paste sambal) covers a number of different chilli dips - there's raw sambal belacan which consists of pounding chillies with toasted shrimp paste, some seasoning plus a dash of fresh lime juice - popular in » Read More

How to Make Low-Carb Malaysian Prawn Noodle Soup (Har Meen)

  This dish is known by different names depending on which part of Malaysia you grew up in; I know it as har meen (literally prawn noodles), and being pork-averse, I make mine with a combination of prawn and chicken stock, and top it with chicken in lieu of pork. The low-carb version covered in this recipe involves the use of konnyaku » Read More

How to Make Asian-Style Moussaka (Low-Carb)

My friends from church, Jana and Petros, invited me to their place for lunch and served such an amazing moussaka that I was determined to attempt it myself. In this Twitch Live Asian Kitchen, I “asianised” the dish through the use of Asian sauces and seasoning ingredients, AND I served it with a healthy dose of SateBoyz Vietnamese Sate Chilli » Read More