12 Delicious Reasons Why You Should Visit Cabramatta, Canley Vale & Canley Heights

My connection to postcode 2166 - Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Canley Heights - goes back to 1984, when my family first arrived in Australia and settled in this part of Sydney. I come from a small town in Malaysia where one of its few claims to fame was its beef noodles (Seremban Ngau Lam Fun), so I was skeptical about this competing Vietnamese beef » Read More

The Blue Flower Party That Almost Wasn’t

“Can you talk?” Phone in one hand, luggage and baby Noah in the other, I typed those words and hit Send from the immigration line at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Almost immediately my Note 8 started ringing in response.   All around me were signs that said “No Phone Use Allowed”, but desperate times called for desperate measures. I » Read More

Ginkgo Bar & Dining – Flavours of Harbin in the Heart of Sydney

A week ago, I was invited to try the food at Ginkgo Bar & Dining, a new eatery in my old neighbourhood of Darlinghurst. I was told it was a cosy late-night dim sum bar with dishes inspired by the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin. Now, I remember back when Chinatown between 11am-3pm was the only option if I wanted top notch dim sums; it » Read More

10 Cambodian Foods That Will Make You Fall In Love With Khmer Cooking

It was my first morning in Siem Reap, on my first ever trip to Cambodia. I knew no-one except a handful of staff I’d met the evening before at the hotel. I couldn’t speak one word of Khmer, and I was still trying to wrap my head around the local currency - I had converted my Aussie dollars into Cambodian riels but was pondering if I should have » Read More

#2166 – One Postcode, Three Food Destinations

Most people don’t know that my first few years in Australia were spent in Cabramatta and its surrounds. As new migrants in 1984, my parents couldn’t afford to live in the more upscale northwestern suburbs, where most Malaysians seem to congregate, so we ended up in postcode 2166 - Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Canley Heights. The insolent teen in » Read More

Instant Pot vs Optimum PressureCook – A Comparison Study by Jackie M.

If you've been following my Live Asian Kitchen on Twitch , you will have seen me use the Optimum PressureCook in many of my cooking sessions. Thanks to my familiarity with the unit, I was recently commissioned by Prestige Home Appliances, the company that distributes the Optimum range of appliances, to do a comparison study of the » Read More

Papparich Sydney CBD

Back during my restaurant days the common complaint among food bloggers was how strange it was that Malaysian food was under-represented here in Sydney. I always replied with pent-up rage that it wouldn’t be so strange if they knew the amount of work that went into cooking it. (Running a restaurant was a stressful gig, alright.) I’m glad things » Read More

7VEN Messenger Bag – My Review

7VEN Messenger Bag by AlpakaGear.com Full disclosure - I'm friends with one of the founders of Alpaka Gear, so I was very fortunate to have been sent one of the prototypes of the 7VEN Messenger Bag, which I received earlier this week. The Kickstarter campaign for the bag only launched less than a day ago as I write this » Read More

Yoga Home 500 Review

Some of you might know that once upon a time, before the “food thing”, I used to be an IT consultant. I was an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) and CNA (Certified Novell Administrator) and did contract work in Sydney and London for some 7+ years. Back in late 2014, baby Noah broke my » Read More

Malabar South Indian Restaurant, Darlinghurst

I love to hear about other restaurateurs and how they got their start in the food business. When I was invited to check out Malabar South Indian Restaurant recently, I had the opportunity to talk to the owner and head chef, Mohammed Sali. These are some things I found out - Mohammed is a classically trained chef (unlike self-taught yours » Read More