How to Make KL Hokkien Mee With Homemade Noodles

On my most recent trip to Kuala Lumpur, I was reintroduced to a childhood favourite known in my hometown of Seremban simply as Hokkien Mee (Hokkien noodles). I bought it from a stall in Ampang run by Feh Loh (literally “Fat Guy” in Cantonese - that was what he called himself, I promise), asked for it to be made with no pork, and it ended up being » Read More

How to Cook Cheesy Crab Noodles

I first learned about cheesy noodles when a Malaysian friend posted about the long wait lines to eat at a Kuala Lumpur restaurant which specialised in cheesy freshwater prawn mee hoon/bee hoon (vermicelli). With a bit of digging, I found out that the Malaysian proprietor got his inspiration from some restaurant in Hong Kong that served cheesy » Read More

How to Make Coconut Candy

A Deepavali Favourite Using Natural Plant Extract Coconut candy is one of my favourite memories of Deepavali (aka Diwali, though not in Malaysia), the Indian Festival of Lights. During this public holiday, our Indian friends would hold “open houses” where they served up a culinary extravaganza to feed the friends from all ethnic backgrounds » Read More

How to Make Seremban Beef Noodles (Ngau Lam Fun)

This, folks, represents my culinary raison d'être - the world famous Seremban Beef Noodles, otherwise known (in Cantonese) as Ngau Lam Fun; one of countless childhood memories that finally lured me away from IT consultancy and into food full-time some 17 years ago. To expand on that a little, the reason I got into this “food thing” was partly to » Read More

How to Make Jackie M’s XXO Sauce

I remember when XO sauce started popping up in Chinatown menus as an option for your stir-fried Chinese dishes a couple of decades ago, and thinking it must refer to cognac. I eventually learned that it was in fact a condiment made with dried scallops, an ingredient that’s expensive enough that it would deter me from ever entertaining the thought » Read More

How to Make Easy Blue Pea Flower Ice Cream

I got into this “food thing” because of my determination to recreate the food of my Malaysian childhood, so it’s always a bit frustrating when my efforts are hampered by the non-availability of critical ingredients in Australia. For 20 years, one such ingredient was something called bunga telang, aka blue pea or blue butterfly flower, which gives a » Read More

How to Make Fried Fish Balls or Seafood/Meat Balls

Fried Fish Balls or Seafood/Meat Balls Recipe INGREDIENTS: 500g fish fillets (eg. Basa) 250g chicken mince 1 onion, peeled and quartered 2-3 Tbsp tapioca flour 1 Tbsp Knorr chicken powder 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp white pepper Oil for deep-frying METHOD: Combine fish fillets, chicken mince and onion in a food processor. » Read More

How to Cook Crab Bee Hoon

Full disclosure - I’ve never had this in Singapore; in fact my only exposure to Crab Bee Hoon has been on TV courtesy of Anthony Bourdain. I Googled it and found a version that’s basically a glorified fish head vermicelli recipe. I’m confident that’s NOT the same dish that Mr. Bourdain ate in Geylang, so this is my take on it after further research » Read More

How to Make Cocktail Buns (Using a Thermocook)

Cocktail buns are soft rolls filled with coconut and can often be found at Chinese bun shops. This recipe takes advantage of my Thermocook's kneading and heating functions which allow  me to set exact temperatures to first make the water roux, then knead the dough and also mix and heat the filling for me. In the absence of a Thermocook or similar » Read More

30 Days, 30 Asian Ingredients – Periscope Series

I guess I’d always known that there’s something of a learning curve involved as far as the topic of Asian ingredients is concerned. This became starkly evident to me when I was working on my Truly Malaysian Street Food at Home cookbook, when my American editor struggled to keep up with half the stuff in my recipes. “What is thick caramel sauce » Read More