How to Make Seremban Hakka Noodles (Non-Pork Version)

My aversion to pork means I’ve rarely explored the cuisine of my own Hakka heritage, which seems to be dominated by pork dishes. This is one such example, made famous by a stall in my hometown of Seremban, hence its name - Seremban Hakka Noodles. Since I don’t eat pork, I’ve never actually eaten it. I’m not exactly going in blind however; I » Read More

How to Make Mah Chee aka Chi Pa

I knew this Malaysian childhood snack as Mah Chee, though it’s entirely possible I had the name wrong my whole life; such is the lot of an entire generation of fluent but illiterate Chinese speakers who grew up in Malaysia. The cookbook from which this recipe was extracted (Agnes Chang’s Hawkers’ Delights) calls it “Chi Pa”. Watch live video » Read More

How to Cook Beef Noodle Soup

Most people are familiar with Vietnamese Beef Pho, but what’s less well-known is that we similarly grew up with our own version of beef noodle soup back in Malaysia. I sort of split the difference in this broadcast where I retained the use of hearty chunks of beef brisket found in the Malaysian version, but seasoned the soup with some of the » Read More

How to Make Kerisik and Chicken Rendang

Much like cereal prawns, an overwhelming number of online searches for “kerisik” yield misinformed recipes (what I like to call Fake Food News) for this Malaysian rendang ingredient. For the last time, kerisik is not toasted desiccated coconut; it’s roasted creamed coconut, sometimes called “coconut butter”. Watch live video from JackieMFood on » Read More

How to Cook Cereal Prawns, Kaya and Pisang Goreng

Cereal prawns is one of those dishes that emerged on the Malaysian food scene AFTER I moved to Australia back in 1984, so I never got to try it growing up. That didn’t stop me putting it on my Concord restaurant menu back in the day, however, so I set off to learn the recipe the same way most people in this day and age do - I googled it. Most » Read More

How to Cook Crispy Noodles and Fried Sui Gow

There are a number of variations with this dish; in this broadcast I used fresh thin wonton noodles that look like they’ve been drenched with flour (available in the refrigerated section of Asian grocery stores). The sauce in this recipe is closer to what you’ll get when ordering crispy noodles (aka Crispy Noodles with Combination Seafood etc.) in » Read More

How to Make Chilli Pan Mee and Butter Prawns

Despite being Hakka I’d only ever had Hakka Pan Mee in a broth; this was my first attempt serving it “dry-style”, which involved using the same dough recipe from the soup version which I’d previously shared, but this time cut into thin strips as opposed to pappardelle-style. I was also going in blind with this since I’d never had it, and frankly » Read More

How to Cook Char Kway Teow

More than a few people over the years have been horrified to learn that I freely share all my recipes with the world. The reasons I do so can be boiled down to my belief that 1) there’s nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9) 2) there’s a lot more that goes into running a business than knowing how to cook 3) people like the idea of cooking » Read More

How to Make Curry Laksa with Stuffed Vegies

This curry laksa recipe (minor tweaks notwithstanding) is courtesy of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, where the production crew and I stayed during our Street Eats Journey shoot in 2014. Watch live video from JackieMFood on www.twitch.tv Curry Laksa INGREDIENTS: For the soup – 2 onions, pureed 10 cloves garlic, minced 250 fresh » Read More

How to Make Wheat Noodles for KL Hokkien Mee

I did a near-identical broadcast on this a couple of years ago but made a couple of minor tweaks to the KL Hokkien Mee recipe this time around, so I’m re-sharing the recipes here. FYI the title of this broadcast originally made reference to homemade udon, but the ingredients are such a diversion from traditional udon that I’ve decided instead to » Read More