How to Make Savoury Taro Cake (Wu Tao Ko)

Savoury Taro Cake (Wu Tao Ko in Cantonese) was a breakfast snack that I remember being sold alongside Chee Cheong Fun (steamed rice noodle rolls) back in my hometown of Seremban in Malaysia. My parents would typically order a small share plate of it from the hawker stall at breakfast, and it was served steamed (not pan-fried like what you get at » Read More

How to Make Perfect Roti Canai Dough

A Wok Around Asia Recipe By Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur When I got into this whole “food thing” back in the day, I had to learn how to make everything myself through trial and error, because hawkers in Malaysia were notoriously secretive about their craft. One of these recipes was for roti canai (roti prata if you’re Singaporean), and I’ve » Read More

How to Make Coconut Candy

A Deepavali Favourite Using Natural Plant Extract Coconut candy is one of my favourite memories of Deepavali (aka Diwali, though not in Malaysia), the Indian Festival of Lights. During this public holiday, our Indian friends would hold “open houses” where they served up a culinary extravaganza to feed the friends from all ethnic backgrounds » Read More

How to Make Penang Ais Tingkap (Window Sherbet)

A Wok Around Asia Recipe By Penang Home Cooking School Ais tingkap got its name from a bygone era when Indian vendors would sell the drink from a window (tingkap means “window” in Malay; ais is “ice” as in “iced drink”); it’s a refreshing drink made with fascinating ingredients that I’ve never before incorporated into any of my cooking (malva nuts » Read More

How to Make Easy Blue Pea Flower Ice Cream

I got into this “food thing” because of my determination to recreate the food of my Malaysian childhood, so it’s always a bit frustrating when my efforts are hampered by the non-availability of critical ingredients in Australia. For 20 years, one such ingredient was something called bunga telang, aka blue pea or blue butterfly flower, which gives a » Read More

How to Make South Indian Appam, Dosai and Mutton Curry

I had a bit of a culture shock when I first arrived in Australia and found the Indian food available in this country (and much of the West, as it turns out) to be very different to the Indian food I grew up eating in Malaysia. That was when I learned the difference between the North Indian curries found in Indian restaurants here, which are usually » Read More

How to Make Kuih Ketayap (Coconut-Filled Crepes)

Kuih Ketayap - A Wok Around Asia Recipe courtesy of Parkroyal Penang Resort Kuih Ketayap, also known as Kuih Dadar in my part of Malaysia, is a popular teatime snack which consists of pandan-infused crepes rolled with a coconut and palm sugar filling. It's an easy recipe to attempt, and the ingredients should be readily available at any » Read More

How to Make Chicken or Beef Bak Kwa (Barbecued Minced Meat)

I grew up in the part of Malaysia where this is known as “long yoke” (Cantonese & Hakka), and for a long time after coming to Australia, I had no idea what other people were talking about when they made reference to “bak kwa” (Hokkien) - more evidence of how gloriously splintered Malaysia can be when it comes to food, language and » 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 Hainanese Bread

Hainanese bread was something we grew up eating at the kopitiam (coffee shop) on the top floor of the wet market in my hometown of Seremban (Pasar Besar Seremban, which incidentally burned down quite recently). It was tall and fluffy with a texture I haven’t been able to find among the myriad varieties of bread here in Australia, and it was » Read More