Winner Announcement – Froothie’s $1000 Appliance Giveaway

I am so happy to announce that we have a winner for the Froothie Giveaway from my Southeast Asian Live Cooking Series. Congratulations to Kathy Gilkes of Queensland, who’s won an Optimum Thermocook valued at $1000! Here’s a picture of the Thermocook that she shared on Facebook - Kathy has been busy and in her first day of using it, she’s » Read More

How to Make Laksa Nyonya (Thermocook Method)

Here is the recipe and replay of Episode 4 of the Southeast Asian Cooking Masterclass Series – Recipe - Laksa Nyonya INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup onion, quartered 6 garlic cloves 1 inch galangal 1 inch turmeric 1/2 Tbsp belacan powder 4 Tbsp soaked dried shrimp 2 inch length of lemongrass 1/2 cup chilli paste (from soaked, » Read More

How to Make Otak-Otak (Thermocook Method)

Here is the recipe and replay of Episode 3 of the Southeast Asian Cooking Masterclass Series - Recipe - Otak-Otak (Grilled Spicy Fishcakes) INGREDIENTS: 300 g fish fillets (eg. mackerel, red fish or basa) 2 Tbsp iced water 1 Tbsp tapioca flour Dash of pepper 1 Tbsp sugar 1⁄2 Tbsp chicken stock granules* 1 1⁄2 tsp » Read More

How to Make Malaysian Chicken Curry (Thermocook Method)

Here is the recipe and replay of Episode 2 of the Southeast Asian Cooking Masterclass Series - Recipe - Malaysian Chicken Curry INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 large onion 5 garlic cloves ½ inch knob ginger 1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 3-inch chunks 3 Tbsp Malaysian meat curry powder**, mixed to a paste with a little » Read More

How to Make Sambal Belacan and Serunding (Thermocook Method)

Here are the recipes and replay of Episode 1 of the Southeast Asian Cooking Masterclass Series - Recipe 1 - Sambal Belacan INGREDIENTS: 2 large onions 1 Tbsp chicken stock granules* 75 ml Fish sauce 2 Tbsp Belacan (shrimp paste) powder** 1 Tbsp crushed dried chillies 200g large red chillies 150 ml vegetable oil 2 » Read More

Optimum Thermocook Live Cooking Class

Following from my previous post I'm thrilled to announce the launch of my new series starting Fridays, 9 September 2016 at 7pm Aust EST (click here to check local time - https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/ ). I'm going to be joined by Digital Marketing Expert and Live video producer, Krishna De - http://www.krishna.me/ , who will help moderate the » Read More

Thermocook vs Thermomix – A Comparison

I don’t think there’s any doubt the Thermomix is like the Mercedes Benz of kitchen aids; it works beautifully and having one in your kitchen is a bit of a status symbol (admit it). Yet with a slew of similar kitchen aids emerging in recent times, and as the only person I know who owns both a Thermomix TM5 AND a competing product, an Optimum » Read More

How to Make Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)

I wanted an aioli-type sauce to go with my slow-roasted beef (probably only the second time in my life I've done a beef roast) but I found the recipes online mostly used one sad, solitary clove of garlic, which just sounded wrong to a garlic lover like myself. I then remembered how much I've always enjoyed the garlic sauce that comes with the » Read More

How to Make Seremban Chicken Siew Pao

This is a famous snack from my Malaysian hometown of Seremban and in this recipe I'm using chicken mince as the filling. These instructions work on a Thermocook or a Thermomix, but in their absence you can use a dough mixer for the dough and a saucepan + stove for the filling. Seremban Chicken Siew Pao (Baked Chicken Buns) » Read More

How to Make Kaya (Thermocook)

This recipe will work in a Thermocook or a Thermomix using the same settings. (ps. you might know by now my recipes are based on my culinary philosophy of "agak-agak" or "guesstimating", so adapt as you see fit with similar kitchen appliances). For a non-appliance dependent recipe, please check out my previous post - How to Make Kaya » Read More