How to Make Nasi Ulam Penang

Print PDF Recipe by Hotel Jen, Penang One of the Hotel Jen recipes that didn't make it into our video series during my recent trip there was Nasi Ulam, a herbed rice salad dish. Nasi Ulam wasn't something I was familiar with growing up in the southern part of the Malaysian peninsula, but it is popular in a variety of forms in Indonesia, » Read More

How to Make Popiah

Print PDF Recipe by Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur I knew when I shared the Curry Laksa recipe in my last post that it would be just a matter of time before those who watched the accompanying Hangout-on-Air started asking for the Popiah recipe as well >> Click to watch my Popiah and Curry Laksa Hangout-on-Air » Read More

How to Make Curry Laksa

Print PDF Recipe by Grand Hyatt Hotel Kuala Lumpur I've talked at length about the different varieties of Laksa in Malaysia and posted videos and Hangouts and recipes to cover some of them.  Clearly there's no such thing as too many laksa recipes because I've been asked by some of you to share the one for the Curry Laksa featured in one of my » Read More

How to Make Coconut Milk

Print PDF When I was studying at Sydney University, I used to work at the iconic Lee’s Malaysian Takeaway at Wynyard station. Their laksa was delicious and quite famous, but it used fresh milk instead of coconut milk. My boss told me that was because when they first opened their eatery you couldn’t get coconut milk in this part of the world. (In » Read More

How to Cook Blackfish with Curry Sauce

Print PDF This is a segment that appeared on Hooked and Fish & Hunt Australia last season - I cooked a blackfish caught by Dave Butfield using a store-bought Malaysian curry paste; the idea being that if you're out fishing and camping, you probably don't want to lug around huge amounts of fresh ingredients and utensils nor spend too much time » Read More

How to Prepare Ikan Bilis (Dried Anchovies)

Print PDF I remember when Delia Smith's cookbook came out back in the day and the scorn she received (in my household, to be fair) for her "How to Boil an Egg" tutorial - as we collectively ranted about its perceived redundancy - who doesn't know how to boil an egg?! Well, call this culinary karma if you will, but I've been compelled to produce » Read More

How to Make Chilli Paste Using Dried Chillies

Print PDF This is another one of my videos showing simple Asian food and ingredient preparation techniques. Until I started getting feedback from my Hangouts-on-Air it never really occurred to me that a large segment of my audience really aren't familiar at all with Asian ingredients, nor know how to use them. This series aims to bridge » Read More

How to Make Crispy Fried Shallots or Onions

Print PDF This is the first in my new series of Asian Cooking 101 - Tips and Techniques, and I'm starting off with how to make your own crispy fried onions or fried shallots. Click here to watch on YouTube >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdQ2jxKzk4c I use the term interchangeably because they yield very similar results - you can » Read More

How to Make Laksa Nyonya in 15 Minutes

Print PDF There's a lot of confusion about what Laksa Nyonya is - and this is actually quite understandable in view of the fact that Penang's famous laksa - the sour, non-coconut milk version aka Asam (Assam) laksa is also Nyonya-influenced. For the record, my Laksa Nyonya refers to the laksa inspired by Melaka's nyonya culture. There are, » Read More

How to Cook Sarawak Foochow Noodles

Print PDF If there’s one revelation that stands out from the myriad of new discoveries in my Borneo trip, it is the influence of the Foochow dialect group in this part of the world. Prior to that I never knew much about Foochow people and their culture; back in Peninsular Malaysia it was broadly Cantonese in the south and Hokkien up north. On our » Read More