How to Cook Singapore Chilli Crab

I’m reminded it’s been a week since I bought the two backup sim cards and neither of them are activated yet. One’s the wrong size for the modem it came with, and the other has had its activation delayed thanks to problems at the reseller’s end. I’m not freaking out so far but I probably should start drafting the inevitable blog post complaining » Read More

How to Cook Nasi Lemak with Assam Prawns

I’d promoted this broadcast earlier in the day as one where I wouldn’t be speaking because I’d lost my voice, yet as soon as the “Live” signal came on started babbling like I always do. It seemed aside from a couple of coughing fits, that I'd managed to pull it off. Then I woke up the next day and realised what WebMD (where I get all my medical » Read More

How to Make Hakka Yong Tau Foo (Stuffed Tofu and Mixed Vegetables)

New billing cycle means no worries about data consumption this time around. No audio problems, no trolls, no Baby Noah to spill stuff on the floor, nothing. Except for the coughing and the progressively raspy vocals. As I type this several hours later I’ve completely lost my voice, so my next installment coming up in less than two days might be » Read More

How to Make Malaysian Satays and Ketupat

This is the episode that begins 20 minutes after we started cooking thanks to my vain efforts to save every last byte of Telstra data in case I ran out halfway through. There were 3 days left in my Telstra billing cycle with 95% of data used and one remaining Live broadcast to squeeze into it. I didn’t want to pay exorbitant amounts for excess » Read More

How to Cook Cantonese Beef Noodles (Kon Chau Ngau Hor)

A glitch-free broadcast at last - save for the fact that my Twitch chat moderator lost track of the time and forgot to catch the show, so I had nobody to moderate the comments. Everybody in the chat room was very civil so no worries there, though to be honest I sometimes itch for a fight with trolls just to keep things interesting. It’s an » Read More

How to Make Vegan Kaya and Onde-Onde

So apparently all those praises about how my Twitch broadcasts are so much clearer compared to ones I did on FB Live were actually cloaked warnings about my data consumption. In another example of unscripted television, Day One of Week 3 on Twitch was interrupted by an SMS from Telstra saying I’ve used up more than 85% of my mobile data, which » Read More

How to Make Hakka Pan Mee and Garlic Chilli Sauce

My second week on Twitch wrapped up with my first ever live in-studio guest - makeup artist extraordinaire Tania Strange - who had been trying to pressure Masterchef alumni Alvin Quah and myself to join her in a karaoke sing-off for years. Appearing on Twitch was, I guess, her consolation prize (or punishment, as may be the case). I knew very » Read More

How to Cook Malaysian Chicken Curry & Vegetarian Curry Puffs

Someone on Facebook posted about Married At First Sight the other day, and I commented that reality television is anything but real (I’m not generally known to butt into discussions about shows I’ve never watched, by the way). After this Twitch.tv broadcast I came to the conclusion that my livestreams are in fact the new “reality television”. I » Read More

How to Make Penang Hokkien Mee Paste & Crispy Fried Shallots

Twitch livestream #4 was a case of 2 steps forward, one step back. I introduced an overlay which helped clean up my screen layout, and also decided to zoom in the camera so my work area is cropped out and it doesn’t look like I’m broadcasting from the middle of a warzone. I also decided to switch back to my original microphone - remember the one » Read More

How to Make Penang Assam Laksa and Lai Fun (Rice Spaghetti)

Twitch broadcast #3 and yes, I know it looks like my studio suffered a bomb blast right before I went On Air. To be fair, I was just trying to follow advice to take it easy and make everything from scratch - live streaming on Twitch is all about inviting your buddies to virtually hang out with you in your kitchen, not, they say, a formal, » Read More