How to Make Red Bean Paste

Red bean paste filling is popularly used in Chinese snacks, from steamed buns to mooncakes; here are some examples of what I’ve been using my most recent batch in, with recipes to follow in my upcoming posts - You can buy canned red bean paste filling at Asian grocery stores, but I like the idea of making my own when I can; it’s » Read More

Taste of the World – Liverpool! Food Tour

It sounds crazy, but in the twenty years since my parents moved out Liverpool way (some 32 km from Sydney's CBD), we’ve never ventured out to eat at any of the restaurants there - nearby Cabramatta has always been our default for food and dining. I realised I’d be so lost if I were to find myself in the middle of Liverpool and feeling hungry, so I » Read More

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

How to Make Vegan Yam (Taro) Cake

This iteration of yam (taro) cake which I made during my Twitch Live Asian Kitchen broadcast did not start out being vegan, but it became so when I realised I did not have anywhere near enough dried shrimp for it. I did have some minced preserved radish, however (the stuff you use in Pad Thai, and which I use in my Chai Tow Kway or radish cake), so » Read More

How to Cook 5-Minute Spicy Garlic Prawns

This is one of my favourite ways to cook prawns; it’s quick, easy, and uncomplicated, and it goes great with steamed rice. It’s based on my stepmom’s recipe, but the flavour is also somewhat influenced by my experience eating at the Vietnamese-run Urban Crayfish Station in Las Vegas a couple of years back. This time around I used Australian » Read More

How to Cook Stir-Fried Xinjiang-Style Cumin Lamb

I’m not going to claim this stir-fried Xinjiang Cumin Lamb dish is the real deal (hence why it’s titled Xinjiang-STYLE) since I’ve yet to even visit China, plus I’ve adapted it to accommodate what I had on hand ingredients-wise along with my own flavour preferences. I discovered that half a leg of lamb (my recent purchase - see previous post) » Read More

How to Cook Stir-Fried Lamb Noodles

I go through phases with my food shopping habits; if you're part of my Live Asian Kitchen community you'll know that for awhile I bought and cooked a lot of lamb casserole pieces because it was the cheapest cut of lamb available at my local butcher. That was until my butcher overcharged me on one batch which also turned out to be super fatty and » Read More

How to Make Japanese-Style Deep-Fried Vegetables (Tempura)

I had some leftover eggplant and okra that needed to be used up but not quite enough for a stir-fry, so I decided to experiment with deep-frying them Japanese-style using a tempura batter. I did a quick Google search during my Live Asian Kitchen broadcast, and went with one that looked legit, ie. the recipe found at go-japanese.com. I was pretty » 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

How to Make Liangfen – Szechuan Jelly Noodles

A few weeks back, an interesting Facebook video on Szechuan mung bean jelly noodles caught my attention; since I had several packs of mung bean flour in my pantry, I decided to attempt making it during my Live Asian Kitchen broadcast on Twitch. The mung bean flour packs I had are actually what's called Tepung Hoen Kwe and they contain vanilla » Read More