Ten Asian Dishes That Work Great in an Airfryer

A few weeks ago, I received an Optimum HealthyFry airfryer courtesy of Prestige Home Appliances, to test and review. Prior to that, I’d never crossed paths with an airfryer, let alone thought about what I could cook with it. It took a bit of outside-the-box thinking but thankfully through my Twitch Live Asian Kitchen broadcasts, I received some » 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

Thermocook vs Thermomix – A Comparison (Live Broadcast)

This broadcast at Facebook.com/JackieMFood was driven by the many queries I’ve received since I posted this YouTube video on how the Optimum Thermocook and Thermomix handle Asian ingredients >> I’m not a paid consultant or employee of either company, and while I have an affiliate link for Froothie* products, I’m much more focused on » 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

Street Food Recommendations For Your Next Trip to Malaysia

I regularly get asked about eating recommendations in Malaysia and last week was no exception. My journalist friend Steph emailed me to say she was planning to travel through Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Ipoh and Penang (among other places) in May and asked if I could suggest people and food she should look up. She will be travelling alone and is » Read More

Soya Sauces (30 Days 30 Asian Ingredients Series Day 1)

I thought I might start with an ingredient that almost everyone is familiar with, but which is nonetheless somewhat confusing. There are 3 broad types of soya (aka soy) sauce - sweet soya sauce salty soya sauce - for this exercise I’ll call it “regular soya sauce” thick soya sauce aka caramel sauce Growing up in Malaysia, » Read More

How does a Thermomix Handle Asian Ingredients?

I remember as a kid back in my Templer Flat days in Seremban, one of my neighbours once brought a gigantic stone mill up to their 11th floor unit and set it up on their balcony. It was so heavy and our block of welfare units was so flimsy I wondered their balcony was going to one day break off under the weight of the mill. I think they used it » 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

Jackie M’s Thermomix Review

I think the first I heard about Thermomix was round about when The Katering Show’s YouTube series came out (warning: language). I really didn’t know much about it and figured it was sort of a glorified blender for people (read: rich Westerners) whose diets consisted mainly of healthy dips and smoothies. I don’t do “healthy”, and I don’t do dips » Read More