3 Ways to Prepare Rice Sticks (Vermicelli)

My audience size has grown exponentially since I got partnered with Twitch, though it did mean in this episode that over 1000 people got to watch baby Noah blaze a trail of destruction as he dropped my Thermocook jug and broke two dishes Live on Air. Double-edged sword and everything. Dried rice sticks or vermicelli are commonly available at » Read More

How to Make Hainanese Chicken Rice

This is one of the most popular dishes from my Concord restaurant days, and it’s the first time I’ve divulged the recipe. Which, by the way, is my stepmom’s, so full credit to her. There’s a lot of “agak-agak” - ie. “guesstimating” - in this dish. Different brands of soya sauce, oyster sauce etc. etc. will affect the flavour of some of the » Read More

How to Make Laksam

No, it’s not a typo - Laksam is indeed a different dish to the (I would hope) universally-known Laksa. I could be totally off the mark but I think I read somewhere that the etymology of the word is “laksa” plus “asam”, in other words, sour laksa. Having said that, the defining feature of Laksam is the use of steamed rice flour rolls instead of » Read More

How to Make Vegan Rice Noodle Rolls (aka Chee Cheong Fun)

I’m not the best ambassador for vegan cooking, because in all honesty while I like the creative challenge of replicating meat dishes using vegan ingredients, it doesn’t mean I want to eat the food at the end of my broadcast. This dish however, is different, because it’s accidentally vegan, not manipulated and contorted to fit a vegan diet. It’s » Read More

How to Make Pasembur (aka Indian Rojak)

My perseverance with Twitch finally pays off - my channel got featured in the first slot on the Twitch Australian homepage during this broadcast, bringing in my largest live Twitch audience to date. (No, not about to challenge My Kitchen Rules ratings anytime this side of eternity, but still.)   As I pointed out in this broadcast, there’s » Read More

How to Make Vegan Sui Gow (Chinese Dumplings)

This, folks, is how you do Vegan Asian right. I made this up on the fly and it was so good it got the thumbs-up from my stridently non-vegetarian guest. Not to mention baby Noah who, if you watch the video below, stole and munched on two of the as-yet-uncooked dumplings when I wasn’t looking. Vegan Sui Gow INGREDIENTS: 250g hard tofu - » Read More

How to Cook Serunding and Mild Prawn Sambal

So I had this genius idea for audience retention; rather than telling them about my latest Giveaway at the start, I told them they’d have wait till the end for details. Then I promptly forgot about it. I hope those poor folks who stuck around at least managed to pick up some Malaysian cooking tips. Chicken Serunding INGREDIENTS: 250g » Read More

Bonne Maman Cheese Pairings & Mother’s Day Giveaway

The international trend of pairing jam with cheese (no, I wasn’t aware of it - I’m so Malaysian it hurts) has arrived on Australian shores, just in time for Mother’s Day. Since I’m a big fan of Bonne Maman, I thought I might share some of the suggestions they released courtesy of expert cheese educator Sonia Cousins - Bonne Maman has very » 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

How to Cook Steamed Fish with Preserved Vegetables

I don’t know if it’s the Chinese in me that makes me especially partial towards steamed fish (steamed most things, as a matter of fact) but even if you’re more used to having your fish battered and fried, do give these recipes a shot. They’re quick, flavoursome, easy to make, and  kind to your waistline (I promise). Steamed Silver Perch with » Read More