How to Make Vegan Blue Smoothie Bowl

I generally frown on any recipe that’s tagged as “healthy” or “vegan” because my brain translates those words respectively as “fad” and “taste-free”. However, this smoothie bowl is pretty tasty in spite of being healthy and vegan, so definitely give it a try if you have some fruit sitting around at home. The coconut milk/cream bit comes into » 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 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 Vegan Pulut Panggang

This is a vegan version of a popular grilled sticky rice in banana leaf snack that I used to sell at numerous markets. The original version contained minced dried shrimp and belacan (shrimp paste) but in this broadcast, I substituted the dried shrimp with minced preserved radish (commonly used in Pad Thai), eliminated the belacan, and used mushroom » Read More

How to Make Chilli Sauce for Dim Sums

This post relates to my broadcast that covered 2 dishes - chilli crab, and the chilli sauce typically served at Chinese restaurants for Yum Cha. Chilli Sauce for Dumplings (1 hr 16 mins into video) INGREDIENTS: 2 cups large chillies 5 cloves garlic 1 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp sugar ½ Tbsp salt Cooled, boiled water (if » Read More

How to Make Mah Chee aka Chi Pa

I knew this Malaysian childhood snack as Mah Chee, though it’s entirely possible I had the name wrong my whole life; such is the lot of an entire generation of fluent but illiterate Chinese speakers who grew up in Malaysia. The cookbook from which this recipe was extracted (Agnes Chang’s Hawkers’ Delights) calls it “Chi Pa”. Chi Pa (Steamed » Read More

How to Make Rice Noodles (for Vietnamese Banh Cuon)

I didn't set out to make Vietnamese Banh Cuon but I was hoping to test out different rice noodle recipes in this broadcast to see how they turned out texturally with different ratios of tapioca flour to rice flour in the batter. As it turned out, the one for Banh Cuon was my favourite, hence the title of this post. A third recipe called for a » Read More

How to Make Curry Puffs (Air Fryer)

AKA #TelstraFail - Season 2, Episode 1 (Season 1 ended with a call from Telstra’s CEO’s team per updated on this blog post >> My Case Against Telstra — a third world service run by first class bullies A cautionary tale - when you sign up for a new Telstra service, don’t be fooled by the world-class reception you get at the Telstra store » Read More

How to Make Vegan Rice Noodle Rolls (aka Chee Cheong Fun)

I’m not the best ambassador for vegan cooking, because in all honesty while I like the creative challenge of replicating meat dishes using vegan ingredients, it doesn’t mean I want to eat the food at the end of my broadcast. This dish however, is different, because it’s accidentally vegan, not manipulated and contorted to fit a vegan diet. It’s » Read More

How to Make Vegan Roast Duck

This tasted great, though a tweak I would suggest is to simmer the fried parcels in the leftover sauce at the end, to add more colour and flavour to it. Alternatively, heat up the sauce to thicken it, then spread it on the tofu parcels. This vegan roast duck reminds me of the skin used in Peking Duck; it’d work really well (I think) as a vegan » Read More