How to Make Sambal Ikan Bilis

Sambal Ikan Bilis Recipe INGREDIENTS: 2 large brown onions 1 cup chillies or ½ cup chilli paste 1 Tbsp minced lemongrass 2 tsp belacan powder (shrimp paste) - optional 2 tsp chicken stock granules 5 Tbsp sugar 3 Tbsp tamarind concentrate (amount varies depending on type) 4 Tbsp oil 2 cups dried anchovies - rinse, » Read More

How to Make Malaysian Coconut Candy

Malaysian Coconut Candy Recipe INGREDIENTS: 3 cups desiccated coconut 1 ½ cups water or coconut juice ½ can condensed milk (about 200g) ½ can evaporated milk (about 200ml) ⅔ cup sugar 3 Tbsp rose-flavoured syrup (Rose brand - from Singapore) METHOD: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook on low-medium heat until » Read More

How to Make Scallop-stuffed Meatballs

Scallop-stuffed Meatballs Recipe INGREDIENTS: 250g chicken mince 350g boneless fish fillets (Basa) ½ onion (or equivalent amount of dried onion) 1-2 Tbsps tapioca starch (or cornstarch) 1 Tbsp chicken powder 1 tsp pepper ½ cup scallops, cut in half, seasoned with pinch of pepper and chicken powder and drenched with tapioca » Read More

How to Cook Mud Crab with Ginger & Shallots & Noodles

In this broadcast, I cooked a popular Cantonese-style crab dish, with some minor tweaks to accommodate what I had in my pantry - ie. dried pho noodles and seafood stock. Mud Crab with Ginger, Shallots & Noodles Recipe INGREDIENTS: 2 mud crabs, cut into pieces (approx 1 ½ kg) 2 eggs 2 Tbsp tapioca flour (or cornflour) Oil for » Read More

Baby Noah and Jackie on a Cruise

A couple of months ago, a group of women from the Inner West Mums Facebook group decided to raise money to pay for Noah and me to go on a cruise. (Story here >> http://jackiem.com.au/2016/10/06/baby-noah-channel-tens-studio-ten/ ) I was hesitant about sending the wrong message if I were to accept these women’s generous offer; I didn’t want » Read More

My Food Philosophy

When I started my Malaysian food business in Sydney back in the 90s, my mission was to recreate the flavours of my favourite dishes that I missed so much from my upbringing in Malaysia. This culinary raison d’être has by and large remained intact to this day, much to the chagrin of fad dieters and allergy sufferers. I do dabble in shortcuts, » Read More

Asian Ingredients – Asam Pedas Paste, Asam Laksa Paste, Hoi Sin Sauce

In this Live broadcast, I talked about 2 new products from my friend Aziz Shukor’s company, Halal Enterprises - the Won Won Brand Asam Pedas Paste and Penang Asam Laksa Paste. I also talk about hoi sin sauce and the different brands to keep an eye out for next time you go Asian grocery shopping. If you’re interested in the Won Won Penang » Read More

How to Cook Stir-Fried Asian Vegetables

Summer Fruit Festival Recipe #8 - Stir-Fried Asian Vegetables INGREDIENTS: 1 bunch kailan aka Chinese broccoli or any Asian greens, cleaned and cut into 3-inch lengths 3 tsps minced garlic 3 slices ginger (optional) 1 Tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine (optional) 1 Tbsp oil 2 Tbsps oyster Sauce 1 tsp soya Sauce 1 Tbsp tapioca » Read More

How to Make Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas)

Summer Fruit Festival Recipe #7 - Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas) **Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas)** INGREDIENTS: ½ cup plain flour ½ cup rice flour ¼ cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1.5 teaspoons baking soda ½  teaspoon salt ¼ cup desiccated coconut (optional) ½ kg bananas, cut into halves or quarters METHOD: Combine » Read More

How to Make Padang-style Eggplant Sambal

Summer Fruit Festival Recipe #6 - Padang-style Eggplant Sambal INGREDIENTS: 500g eggplant, cut into cubes 100g large chillies 1 medium-sized onion 3 cloves garlic (optional) 2 tomatoes (optional) 1 tsp salt Oil for frying METHOD: Blend chillies, onion, garlic and tomatoes in a food processor. Fry eggplant » Read More