Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 9

Recipe for Maggi Ketam (Claypot Crab with Maggi Noodles) from Indra Tom Yam One trend I’ve noticed in my trips to Malaysia in recent years is the use of Maggi ie. instant noodles in some street food dishes. You might come across Maggi Goreng (ie. fried Maggi noodles) cooked Mee Goreng-style at some food courts, and I’ve had Maggi Udang ie. Mee » 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

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 8

Recipes for Ketupat Sotong (Squid Stuffed with Glutinous Rice) and Kerabu Pucuk Nipah (Palm Shoots Salad) from Perdana Resort, Kota Bharu We showed up at Perdana Resort, a beachside property, for the next two cooking demonstrations - and found another extravagant banquet had been prepared for us that included Kelantan’s very unique laksa (I will » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 7

Recipe for Ayam Percik (Grilled Chicken) from Cikgu Garden Chalet We next headed to a Kampung Stay called Cikgu Garden Chalet - a pristine village with manicured gardens in the middle of rural Kota Bharu. Cikgu Garden Chalet in Kota Bharu, KelantanFlashback: Cikgu Garden Chalet in Kota Bharu, Kelantan Posted by Jackie M. on » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 6

Recipes for Kelantan Snacks from Seterpa Homestay I’m known for lots of things but food styling isn’t one of them. If you think the pics in this post look above average by Jackie M standards, that would be because I shamelessly sneaked up behind the Rasa Magazine photographer to capture them after she’d painstakingly styled and photographed each » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 5

Seterpa Homestay and other food stops We traveled about 20 minutes to our next location to Seterpa Homestay, and as you can see, you don’t have to travel very far out of the city centre to experience Kelantan in all its rural glory. Pulling up to Seterpa Homestay in KelantanFLASHBACK: Pulling up to Seterpa Homestay in Kelantan Posted » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 2

Recipes for Pindang Tapai, Ikan Masak Lemak Belimbing Buluh, Lawar Ikan Merah I checked into my room after my late lunch of nasi campur, and because I’d arrived a couple of hours ahead of the rest of the media group, I had time to take baby Noah for a quick dip in the hotel pool. I was still full from my last meal when it was time for an » Read More

How to Make Garlic Chilli Sauce (Thermomix)

If you don’t own a Thermomix, you can quite easily make this in a regular blender - it takes longer and may require more stopping and stirring/scraping but that’s about it. If this were all the Thermomix is capable of, it’d be a pretty expensive blender, but of course, it can do quite a few other things as well. I will be sharing more recipes » 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

How to Cook Chai Tow Kway

Chai Tow Kway a.k.a. Fried Radish Cake Not a dish that was readily available in my hometown of Seremban when I was growing up, my introduction to it was during my first visit to Singapore.  The version here is closer to what you would find in Penang, which comes with a darker, richer sauce.  This is traditionally cooked on a big, heavy griddle, » Read More