How to Make Fish Floss or Meat Floss (Thermomix)

I love chicken floss but as a kid growing up in Malaysia it was always a bit of a luxury item so I never got to eat as much of it or have it as often as I wished. (I guess they mustn’t have been cheap even back in those days.) I remember my parents might pick some up in Kuala Lumpur during one of our infrequent day trips to Malaysia’s capital, or » Read More

The Great Penang Char Kway Teow Debate

Every time the topic of Penang’s most famous dish comes up, I get a whole host of conjectures about what makes a good CKT - charcoal fire, wok breath, indispensable ingredients like pork fat, pork crisps, Chinese sausage - the list goes on. Awhile back I posted a video of a chef IN Penang cooking Penang Char Kway Teow - - and it created a » Read More

Malaysia Kitchen Season 1 Episode 6 Recipe

This is one of the easiest Malaysian desserts you can make at home, but there are a few crucial steps to getting the sago and the sauce just right.  I made this on Episode 6 of Malaysia Kitchen Season 1, and used what turned out to be an aesthetically awkward choice for a mould, thanks to its gigantic size. A couple of tips to take on board » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 9

Recipe for Maggi Ketam (Claypot Crab with Maggi Noodles) from Indra Tom Yam One trend I’ve noticed in my trips to Malaysia in recent years is the use of Maggi ie. instant noodles in some street food dishes. You might come across Maggi Goreng (ie. fried Maggi noodles) cooked Mee Goreng-style at some food courts, and I’ve had Maggi Udang ie. Mee » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 8

Recipes for Ketupat Sotong (Squid Stuffed with Glutinous Rice) and Kerabu Pucuk Nipah (Palm Shoots Salad) from Perdana Resort, Kota Bharu We showed up at Perdana Resort, a beachside property, for the next two cooking demonstrations - and found another extravagant banquet had been prepared for us that included Kelantan’s very unique laksa (I will » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 7

Recipe for Ayam Percik (Grilled Chicken) from Cikgu Garden Chalet We next headed to a Kampung Stay called Cikgu Garden Chalet - a pristine village with manicured gardens in the middle of rural Kota Bharu. Cikgu Garden Chalet in Kota Bharu, KelantanFlashback: Cikgu Garden Chalet in Kota Bharu, Kelantan Posted by Jackie M. on » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 6

Recipes for Kelantan Snacks from Seterpa Homestay I’m known for lots of things but food styling isn’t one of them. If you think the pics in this post look above average by Jackie M standards, that would be because I shamelessly sneaked up behind the Rasa Magazine photographer to capture them after she’d painstakingly styled and photographed each » Read More

How to Prepare Tamarind Paste

A quick video to show you how I extract tamarind paste from a block. Tamarind is used quite extensively in Malaysian and Southeast Asian cooking, so this is something that's handy to make in batches and freeze. Fun facts about tamarind - 1) Tamarind is a sour fruit, the pulp of which is used in a lot of Southeast Asian recipes. 2) You can find » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 4

Recipes for Nasi Tumpang, Betel Leaf Bites and Traditional Herb Drink We were served a huge banquet by Kak Yah at Min House Camp, but we also had the opportunity to learn 3 Kelantan dishes at the retreat - 1. Nasi Tumpang (Rice in Banana Leaf Cones) This is a banana leaf cone filled with alternating layers of compressed rice and different types » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 2

Recipes for Pindang Tapai, Ikan Masak Lemak Belimbing Buluh, Lawar Ikan Merah I checked into my room after my late lunch of nasi campur, and because I’d arrived a couple of hours ahead of the rest of the media group, I had time to take baby Noah for a quick dip in the hotel pool. I was still full from my last meal when it was time for an » Read More