How to Make Fish Balls and Fishcakes

In this broadcast I tested making fish paste using Basa fillets bought from the fish counter rather than in frozen bags. Because of the lower liquid content compared to the fillets that had been defrosted from the frozen packs, the paste turned out to be firmer. Interestingly though, the fish balls etc. were the same texture and level of bounciness » Read More

How to Make Beef Meatballs

Asian (or more specifically, Chinese) meatballs are rated on how “bouncy” they are when you bite into them, so they’re very different to the meatballs you get at Ikea. The traditional way to make meatballs (ie. beef balls, pork balls, chicken balls, fish balls etc. etc.) is to mince the meat very finely, season it, add some tapioca or cornstarch, » Read More

10-Day Pacific Islands Cruise – Carnival Legend

When the Inner West Mums Facebook group told me they’d raised enough money to send me and Noah on a “short break” I had no idea it’d be as extravagant as a 10-day Pacific Islands cruise. The closest I’d gotten to joining a cruise was when I was approached by another cruise line a couple of years prior about doing a TV commercial for them. Their » Read More

How to Make Prawn Stock Paste for Instant Noodles

RECIPE - Prawn Stock Paste for Instant Noodles INGREDIENTS: 8 cups prawn shells including heads ¾ cup chicken powder ¼ cup sugar 2 tsps pepper ½ cup peeled garlic cloves ½ cup oil METHOD: Combine prawn shells and garlic cloves and fry about 2 minutes or until most of the moisture has been reduced. Add oil and fry » Read More

How to Cook Crispy Shredded Beef or Chicken Peking-Style

Crispy Shredded Beef or Chicken Peking-Style Recipe INGREDIENTS: 500g chicken breast or beef cut into thin strips 1 egg ½ cup tapioca starch 1 tsp salt 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce 2 Tbsp tomato ketchup 2-3 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar 3 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional) ¼ cup carrot cut into long, thin shreds 3 » Read More

How to Cook Malaysian Soft-Boiled Eggs

Malaysian soft-boiled eggs are distinct from regular soft-boiled eggs in that the egg whites are soft and gelatinous, and you can’t achieve that by boiling your eggs. Most top-ranking recipe bloggers seem oblivious to this fact, from what I can see on their websites. These eggs are traditionally served with a dash of white pepper and soya sauce, » Read More

How to Make Roti Jala (Lacy Coconut Pancakes)

Ps. I mentioned eggs at the start of the video and proceeded to forget about them, which would explain why the batch I did On Air was a bit soft. I added an egg to the remaining batter off-air and the pic here is the result. Roti Jala (aka Lacy Coconut Pancakes) Recipe INGREDIENTS: 200g plain flour 250ml water 250ml coconut cream 2 » Read More

How to Make Soy Milk and Soya Drink

I used a Thermocook in this recipe but of course, you can use a blender + stock pot in its place. Soy Milk and Soya Drink Recipe INGREDIENTS: 120g soy beans, soaked overnight 2-4 Tbsp sugar 2 slices ginger 1L water You’ll also need a Muslin bag or similar METHOD: Place soaked soy beans in jug; add half the water and » Read More

How to Make Acar (Easy Recipe)

Acar (Easy Recipe) INGREDIENTS: ½ medium-sized cabbage, cut into ¾” widths 4 cucumbers, cored and julienned 3 carrots, julienned 2 cups peanuts, skin off, roasted, then crushed ¼ cup sesame seeds, roasted 1 ½ cups fried shallots (or 2 brown onions, peeled & quartered) ¼ cup dried garlic granules (or 4 cloves fresh » Read More

How to Cook Beef Rendang from My Malaysian Home State (Negeri Sembilan)

This is my stepmom’s recipe which is influenced by the beef rendang style of my home state of Negeri Sembilan, but with her own “Chinese” twist to it through the use of soya sauce. Beef Rendang Recipe INGREDIENTS: 500g beef, sliced 3 onions, peeled and quartered 6 dried chillies, boiled with water until soft 6 cloves garlic, » Read More