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

How to Cook Vietnamese Barbecue Prawns with Papaya Salad – Asian BBQ Series

This Vietnamese-inspired barbecue prawn dish is served on a bed of shredded green papaya, but young mango would work just as well, and would add a nice tangy note to the dish. In the absence of either, I would suggest thinly shredded cabbage. Adapted from Luke Nguyen's "Indochine". INGREDIENTS: 600g prawns, peeled 2 Tbsps oyster sauce 1 » Read More

How To Cook Indonesian Ikan Bakar (Barbecue Fish) – Asian BBQ Series

While Barbecued or Grilled Fish is popular throughout Southeast Asia, the use of kecap manis (aka kicap manis in Malay) gives an Indonesian flavour to this recipe. This is more traditionally cooked with whole fish, where the marinade is not only basted on the fish, but also stuffed in its stomach cavity. If using fish fillets that are delicate in » Read More

How to Cook Thai Crying Tiger (Seua Hay Rong) – Asian BBQ Series

One of my favourites to order when I dine out at Thai restaurants, I had the opportunity to attempt making this myself using my Ziggy barbecue unit. This recipe is based on David Thompson's "Thai Food", and is part of my series of Asian BBQ Recipes. FYI because I'm a bit of a wimp with chilli, the heat level in the sauce that accompanies the dish » Read More

How to Cook Thai Grilled Cuttlefish (Pla Meuk Yang) – Asian BBQ Series

A simple recipe for your barbecue - in this video, I used cuttlefish, though squid would work just as well. This is the third in my series of Asian BBQ Recipes, and it's adapted from David Thompson's Thai Food. INGREDIENTS: 200g cuttlefish or squid 1 Tbsp fish sauce 3 Tbsps coconut cream 1 Tbsp coriander leaves Sauce - 1 coriander » Read More

How to Cook Vietnamese Beef and Lemongrass Skewers (Nem Lui Xa) – Asian BBQ Series

This is the second in my series of Asian BBQ Recipes developed around my 3-burner Ziggy barbecue unit, and it's adapted from Luke Nguyen's "Indochine". INGREDIENTS: (A) 600g minced beef 200g minced chicken 4 Tbsp minced garlic 1 Tbsp minced lemongrass 2 tsps sugar 1 tsp pepper 1 Tbsp fish sauce 1 tsp chicken » Read More

How to Make Soon Kueh aka Chai Kueh

Since when was Soon Kueh meant to be blue-coloured, I hear you ask. Well, since my friend Alexx of Facebook.com/MyBlueTeaAU sent me some blue butterfly flower (bunga telang) powder, a highly sought-after ingredient among serious Malaysian cooks who live outside of Southeast Asia. Thanks to Alexx’s efforts, you can now buy pure blue flower powder » Read More

How to Cook Vietnamese Caramelised Fish

Vietnamese Caramelised Fish is traditionally cooked in a claypot, and usually served in conjunction with Sweet and Sour Fish Stew, along with white rice. Both recipes are covered in this Live Asian Kitchen, streamed on Twitch. Vietnamese Caramelised Fish INGREDIENTS: 500g barramundi fillets Oil for pan-frying 2 Tbsps sugar 3 Tbsps » Read More

How to Cook Vietnamese Sweet & Sour Fish Stew

I had the opportunity to try Vietnamese Sour Fish Stew and Vietnamese Caramelised Fish for the first time recently in Canley Vale, and was so captivated I had to try to recreate these dishes. In this Twitch Live Asian Kitchen I used Barramundi fillets instead of eel or whole fish - mainly to keep it simple and accessible to those who struggle with » Read More

How To Cook Eggplant & Dried Shrimp Sambal

This eggplant sambal dish is from the same broadcast as the fish with tom yum sauce (hour 2) but I thought I should split it into two posts so it’s easier for people to find the recipe. Eggplant Sambal INGREDIENTS: 1 large eggplant, cut into chunks 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tbsps dried shrimp, soaked, drained and lightly crushed 4 » Read More