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

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

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