How to Make Loh Mai Kai (Sticky Rice with Chicken)

Loh Mai Kai (Cantonese for sticky rice with chicken) is traditionally steamed in rice bowl-sized moulds and eaten at breakfast; in this particular version, it’s steamed in a casserole dish. I’ve omitted the Chinese wax sausage since I don’t eat pork, but you’re more than welcome to use it; you just need to steam and dice it up and add it to the » Read More

How to Make Kuih Bingka Ubi (Baked Cassava Cake)

Kuih Bingka Ubi or Baked Cassava Cake is about as simple a Malay kuih as you can make, and the bonus is that it's gluten-free. If you're based in Sydney, you should be able to find grated cassava easily in the freezer section of Indian and well-stocked Asian grocery stores - it's a definite timesaver. BTW I know I've posted this recipe on this » Read More

How to Make Cucur Badak (Stuffed Sweet Potato Dumplings)

Cucur Badak, or savoury sweet potato dumplings stuffed with a spicy minced dried prawn and coconut filling, is one of those little Malay kuih (snack) recipes that we learned in our Home Science classes back in high school in Malaysia, and they’re really not that hard to make. The fact that you need to deep-fry them is probably a bit of a » Read More

How to Make Hakka Lo Pek Pan (Hakka Radish Cake)

I sometimes feel sorry for those not born into the culture trying to learn all the nuances of Chinese food. It’s hard enough trying to wrap your head around the topic, let alone recognise all the different iterations of specific dishes by different Chinese dialect groups. Radish cake is one such example; the Cantonese version found at yum cha » Read More

How to Make Yee Chai Peng (Ear Biscuits)

Yee Chai Peng (Cantonese for “ear biscuits”) were these intriguing spiral-patterned, curved fried pastries from my childhood in Malaysia, which were crunchy, slightly sweet and yet savoury. The only ones I ever ate were factory-made; this wasn’t one of those things that you would find people making fresh at home or at their street stall - certainly » Read More

How to Flip & Cook Roti Canai | Roti Bom | Murtabak & More (Part 2)

A Wok Around Asia Roti Canai Masterclass by Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur This is part 2 of a two-part series on how to make roti canai; part 1 (click here) covered how to make the dough, and this part shows you how to flip, fill and fold the roti. Chef Chandra of Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur covers all the popular roti styles available at your » Read More

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