Curry Powder and Curried Maggi Noodles (30 Days 30 Asian Ingredients Series Day 24)

I get the feeling that many Australians who like Asian food mistakenly believe their Asian immigrant neighbours are automatically badass cooks. I can’t speak for all Asian countries but I know for a fact that growing up in Malaysia most of us didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen (well, I did, but that’s because I was close to my stepmom and » Read More

How to Make Laksa (Thermomix)

In episode 3 of our weekly webcast, Zona and I reinterpret my Laksa Nyonya recipe for the Thermomix. Here’s a recording of the workshop (made using the webcam from my Yoga 900 that was running simultaneously during the Periscope session) - If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for my Thermomix mailing list at www.jackiem.com.au/thermomix » Read More

How to Make Steamed Char Siew Pao (Thermomix)

In episode 2 of our weekly Live broadcast, Zona and I made steamed buns. Since I don’t eat pork, I made mine with a chicken filling. Zona used BBQ pork with her batch. Recipe for the dough and the filling as follows (you can substitute the chicken mince with diced BBQ pork)  Simple Bun Recipe - 400g low gluten flour (or superfine/HK/pao » Read More

Rice (30 Days 30 Asian Ingredients Series Day 3)

In this Live broadcast, I talk about the different types of rice typically used in Malaysian and Southeast Asian dishes - jasmine, basmati and glutinous rice. I also talk you through a foolproof way of making sure your boiled rice turns out perfectly every time and also give a brief description of how to cook coconut rice (nasi lemak). Full » Read More

How to Make Singapore Chwee Kueh (Thermomix)

Last Wednesday, my associate Zona and I launched a new weekly Live Broadcast cooking series on Asian Thermomix recipes. This was the first one off the ranks - Singapore Chwee Kueh. As you can see from the video, my chwee kuehs were a bit less smooth and springy as I would have liked, so I’ve tweaked the recipe here for better results » 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

The Great Penang Char Kway Teow Debate

Every time the topic of Penang’s most famous dish comes up, I get a whole host of conjectures about what makes a good CKT - charcoal fire, wok breath, indispensable ingredients like pork fat, pork crisps, Chinese sausage - the list goes on. Awhile back I posted a video of a chef IN Penang cooking Penang Char Kway Teow - - and it created a » Read More

30 Days, 30 Asian Ingredients – Periscope Series

I guess I’d always known that there’s something of a learning curve involved as far as the topic of Asian ingredients is concerned. This became starkly evident to me when I was working on my Truly Malaysian Street Food at Home cookbook, when my American editor struggled to keep up with half the stuff in my recipes. “What is thick caramel sauce » 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

Malaysia Kitchen Season 1 Episode 6 Recipe

This is one of the easiest Malaysian desserts you can make at home, but there are a few crucial steps to getting the sago and the sauce just right.  I made this on Episode 6 of Malaysia Kitchen Season 1, and used what turned out to be an aesthetically awkward choice for a mould, thanks to its gigantic size. A couple of tips to take on board » Read More