How to Make Chicken Lorbak (Loh Bak)

Lorbak (aka Loh Bak) is a delicious Nyonya meat roll from Penang that's served with two different types of sauces. Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort's Chef Chai showed me how this is made in this live cooking lesson held recently for guests of the hotel. INGREDIENTS: 1.2 kg Chicken thigh fillets, sliced into thin strips 200 g Turnip (yam bean » Read More

How to Cook Jackie M Prawns – Fish & Hunt Australia

Back in my Concord restaurant days one of the most popular menu items was my Butter Soft-shell Crab - a dish I made up based on various interpretations of the Malaysian butter sauce (not to be confused with the sauce in Indian butter chicken) craze that was taking over restaurant menus in Malaysia. I say “made up” because this “butter sauce” thing » Read More

How to Cook Thai Mushroom Salad (Laab Hed Fang)

A quick and easy salad using cooked local mushrooms and fresh herbs. Recipe and instructions by Chef Kamsin of Shangri-La Chiang Mai. INGREDIENTS: 500 g Straw mushrooms 80 g Shallots 20 g Ground rice 20 g Spring Onion 10 g Chilli flakes 80 g Galangal 10 g Kaffir lime leaves, chopped 3 tbs Fish sauce 50 g Lime juice 10 g Coriander, » Read More

How to Cook Chiang Mai Snail Curry

I was keen to draw a distinction between the cuisine of Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, and what we here in the West know as Thai food i.e. Pad Thai, red/green/yellow curry and the like. Because Chiang Mai is landlocked, seafood does not feature that prominently in its recipes; I was told pork is very popular, which I have to admit gave me pause » Read More

Press Release: Jackie M Charity Wine Dinner in the Pyrenees

I've been invited by Rainbow Gallery Café in Victoria's Pyrenees wine region to do a Malaysian wine dinner on Saturday 5 September. After the media storm of the last couple of weeks over baby Noah, I've asked that part of the proceeds go towards Down Syndrome NSW. The 5 courses I'm preparing will be gluten-free, and if you book by 14 August, » Read More

How to Cook Khao Soi

I had the opportunity to visit Chiang Mai last month courtesy of Shangri-La Hotels and whilst there I filmed a series of cooking videos consisting of dishes unique to that part of Thailand. I’ll write about my Chiang Mai travels in a separate post, but right now I just want to get this recipe across to you. This is the first in the series, and I’m » Read More

How to Make Chilli Paste Using Dried Chillies

Print PDF This is another one of my videos showing simple Asian food and ingredient preparation techniques. Until I started getting feedback from my Hangouts-on-Air it never really occurred to me that a large segment of my audience really aren't familiar at all with Asian ingredients, nor know how to use them. This series aims to bridge » Read More

How to Make Crispy Fried Shallots or Onions

Print PDF This is the first in my new series of Asian Cooking 101 - Tips and Techniques, and I'm starting off with how to make your own crispy fried onions or fried shallots. Click here to watch on YouTube >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdQ2jxKzk4c I use the term interchangeably because they yield very similar results - you can » Read More

How to Make Roti Canai

Print PDF Roti Canai is seen as a bit of a dark art, and there is quite a bit of speculation as to what makes the dough stretchy, but if you’re lucky to get a mamak to reveal the recipe, he’d tell you it’s basically just flour, water and salt. All the other ingredients in my recipe are really there for flavour rather than to help with the » Read More

10 Must-Have Malaysian Pantry Ingredients

Print PDF 'Must have' in the sense that they're what I would personally get if I were limited to only 10 items - again, depending on your own (Malaysian) cultural upbringing, you might have a vastly different list to mine. Will elaborate on these another time along with suitable recipes. As mentioned in a previous post, when hunting down » Read More