How to Cook Fried Rice with 3 Types of Eggs

Fried rice is kind of a fridge clear-out type of dish for me, rather than something I plan ahead of time. The ingredients in this particular recipe, I guess, will give you an insight into what my Asian pantry/fridge contains - salted eggs, century eggs, salted fish, leftover boiled rice, that sort of stuff :) Don’t despair if you don’t have » Read More

Jackie M TeebTV Announcement

I’m the (newly-appointed) co-founder of an Indonesian-Malaysian Netflix-for-Indies startup called TeebTV and there’s an opportunity if you’re a content creator, to get your work added to our library and in front of our audience. We’re looking for the following in all genres – short films, music videos, animation, feature films and TV shows. Our » Read More

How to Make Roti Canai – Let’s Do Coffee TV

Here are the recipes from my latest TV segment on Channel Ten's Let's Do Coffee - Toor Dahl recipe - INGREDIENTS: 250 g toor dahl, soaked and drained 1 L water 250 g potatoes, cut into chunks 1 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 2 1/2 small green chillies 1/8 cup tamarind extract 1 1/4 tsp asafoetida powder 1 1/4 tsp mustard seeds 1 » Read More

My Mentor – Peter Kenny

In the early-mid 1990s I was sufficiently unchallenged in my 9-5 office job to take up the lease on an eatery at a pub in Erskineville. I ran it after work and on weekends, and my then-husband Nick took care of the weekday lunch trade. I got the fully-equipped bistro on the cheap on the condition that as well as whatever kind of menu I wanted to » Read More

Yoga Home 500 Review

Some of you might know that once upon a time, before the “food thing”, I used to be an IT consultant. I was an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) and CNA (Certified Novell Administrator) and did contract work in Sydney and London for some 7+ years. Back in late 2014, baby Noah broke my » Read More

Tang Sifu

This post was written 3 years ago and published on Father's Day. My dad has since passed away. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I’ve never been hugged by my dad.  Growing up, I was under no illusion that I was anywhere near the favourite of his 9 » Read More

The Hard Sell

‘Hello, sir/ma’am – come try Malaysian food – we have noodles, curry, satay, roti’ – called out my newest staff member to the passing crowds.  We were trading at a market and he was obviously trying hard to show initiative and had been at it all day.  I finally couldn’t stand it anymore and told him to stop.  I don’t grovel for business; it’s just » Read More

Starting School – Seremban

I attended ACS (Anglo-Chinese School) in Kindergarten.  I’d been raised speaking Hakka within the family, and Cantonese among the neighbourhood kids.  The teacher spoke Cantonese to me. I remember a boy, Bernard Wong, taking  a liking to me and bringing me candy every day.  We hung out.  Then one day, he started getting obnoxious.  I think he’d » Read More

The TV

We lived on the 11th floor of the 14-storey high Templer Flats – Seremban’s Twin Towers – a welfare project for low-income families.  11 of us (9 kids plus our parents) crammed into a tiny 2-bedroom apartment.  Each night the mattresses would be on the bedroom and living room floors to accommodate everyone. There was one toilet, which doubled as » Read More

Bob is Sexy

‘Oi, tukar, tukar!’ (Oi, change! Change!) yelled the Odeon cinema usher as he banged on the counter at my Dad’s canteen.  He needed some change for whatever reason, and forgot to say please.  I was furious; I’d had enough of his BS. At 15, I’d had a personality transplant; from a mild, soft-spoken and obedient kid, I’d turned into a » Read More