Epping Christmas Markets – Friday 24 November 2017

It's that time of the year again - I've been attending the Epping Christmas Markets every year since its inception (and back when it was a monthly twilight market on Friday evenings). The market is on again this Friday 24th November 2017 at Our Lady Help of Christians School at the corner of Oxford and Cambridge Streets in Epping. It's a short walk » Read More

How to Make Vegan Pulut Panggang

This is a vegan version of a popular grilled sticky rice in banana leaf snack that I used to sell at numerous markets. The original version contained minced dried shrimp and belacan (shrimp paste) but in this broadcast, I substituted the dried shrimp with minced preserved radish (commonly used in Pad Thai), eliminated the belacan, and used mushroom » Read More

How to Make Thai Crab Cakes

When I was staying at Shangri-La Chiang Mai, Thailand, I was taught a number of dishes that were exclusively served to the Thai royal household. (Playlist for these videos can be found here - Jackie M's Northern Thai Recipes) I was sufficiently intrigued therefore, when I came across a recipe for Royal Thai crabcakes at  www.panningtheglobe.com, » Read More

How to Make Malaysian Popiah – 2017 Edition

I remember the time I was invited to Singapore to film a series of cooking videos for an online media company. I was quite happy with the results but for the fact that they described me on their portal as a "food blogger". Anybody can blog, but I'll bet my bottom dollar there aren't many Malaysian cooks in the world who can claim to know how to » Read More

How to Cook Malaysian Lamb Curry

This was a personal favourite from my range of Jackie M frozen meals, at least before I substituted fried fresh onion with commercial fried shallots. I employed a lot of shortcuts for my business because of time and cost constraints, but I’ve always acknowledged that fresh is best. Full cooking lesson for this dish brought to you by my Live » Read More

How to Make Solok Lada (Malay Stuffed Chillies) – Nasi Kerabu Part 4 of 4

  This has to be my favourite among the many accompaniments that make up a Nasi Kerabu - chillies stuffed with a mix of fish paste and coconut, then simmered in coconut milk.   Solok Lada (Stuffed Chillies) INGREDIENTS: 300g large red chillies, slit on one side vertically and deseeded 500g basa fillets 1 Tbsp » Read More

How to Make Keropok Ikan (Fish Crackers) – Nasi Kerabu Part 2 of 4

Kelantan is famous for its keropok, but there are in fact two different types - keropok lekor, which is chewy in texture, and this, which is essentially the prawn crackers I grew up eating in my neck of the Malaysian woods, except with fish. Using basa fillets instead of mackerel or featherback etc. is an Australian twist because it’s far and away » Read More

How to Make Kelantan Nasi Kerabu – Part 1 of 4

It’s taken me nearly four years since my first live video on this herbed rice banquet to finally put pen to paper (keyboard to website, whatevs) and publish the recipes for it. Here’s the highlights video from the original broadcast, streamed from The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (click on video to watch) >> I’m vaguely aware of at » Read More

How to Cook Indonesian Ayam Bakar (Barbecue Chicken) – Asian BBQ Series

One feature of Indonesian cooking is that the chicken is commonly cooked in its marinade before it's grilled or fried. This is a brilliant way to prevent under-cooking your chicken on the barbecue, and it also allows you to prepare a day or two in advance and keep the cooked chicken refrigerated until needed. INGREDIENTS: 2 kg chicken » Read More

How to Cook Malaysian Otak-Otak (Fish Cakes) – Asian BBQ Series

There are two broad versions of Otak-Otak in Malaysia; the otak-otak in Penang are wrapped in banana leaves, folded in square parcels and steamed; the otak-otak in the Southern states of Johor and Melaka are wrapped in coconut leaves and grilled. This recipe splits the difference in that I use banana leaves but grill the fishcakes. Indonesia has » Read More