How to Make Woon Chai Koh

Woon Chai Koh a.k.a Steamed Rice Cake When literally translated this favourite from my childhood means “Little Bowl Cake”. The dish is very similar to the more popularly-known Chwee Kueh, but uses a larger mould and has an extra dark sauce topping that goes with it. Many years ago, without knowing how to make Woon Chai Koh, I improvised on the » Read More

How to Make Nasi Lemak – Part 2

Chilli Sambal Ingredients: 2 Tbsp oil, reserved from frying ikan bilis (anchovies) ¼ cup onion, puréed ¼ cup onion, thinly sliced ½ chicken stock granules ¼ cup sugar 1 Tbsp tamarind extract 2 tsp belacan (shrimp paste) granules ¼ cup chilli paste (made from blended, soaked dried chillies) Method: Heat oil in a » Read More

How to Make Nasi Lemak – Part 1

Nasi lemak is the unofficial ‘national dish’ of Malaysia, and a popular breakfast item that you’ll find wrapped in banana leaf at street-side stalls. A number of side dishes and condiments go into this dish and they vary slightly depending on where you are, but at my restaurant I always served Nasi Lemak with coconut rice, cucumber slices, dried » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 5

Day 4 and I’m acutely aware that time is running out for us to visit this region’s famous attractions. It’s Sunday and temperatures are expected to soar (I’m told they hit 45°C yesterday). Baby Noah is back to his normal, happy self but the beautiful hotel pool beckons along with the prospect of travelling far distances in the searing heat.  I » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 4

Day Three and baby Noah is chirpier now that he’s getting a good supply of fresh mango juice, but he’s still a little lethargic. We’re in this remote part of Southeast Asia and the elephant sanctuary, the famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple up in the hills and the long necked mountain tribes are all on my wish list but they all involve day trips » Read More

How to Cook Burmese Mohinga

Technical difficulties have been the bane of my existence since I started Livestreaming my cooking 3 years ago (I was one of the global pioneers of using Hangouts-on-Air for food broadcasts, btw). Anyhow, after a prolonged absence due largely to internet-related issues, I did my first broadcast in 7 months yesterday, on what is arguably Burma’s » Read More

How to Cook Ayam Goreng

Ayam Goreng aka Malay Fried Chicken A popular item on my old restaurant menu, this recipe has a couple of tricks to overcome potential barriers to preparing fried chicken at home. Making sure the meat is simmered and just cooked through before flash-frying prevents overcooking the outside. This also means you can use a large heavy-based wok or » Read More

How to Make Thai Khao Kriab Pak Moh

Thai Khao Kriab Pak Moh aka Steamed Rice Skin Dumplings An elegant Thai royal delicacy made with rice flour batter and a chicken and prawn filling, Khao Kriab Pak Moh , taught by Chef Wassana at Shangri-La Chiang Mai. The folds in the dumpling are created by deftly lifting the steamed batter with a spatula and swirling it over the » Read More

How to Make Chee Cheong Fun

Awhile back, I ran a Google+ hangout and cooked this dish - the response was instant and many said they had no idea how easy the rolls are to make at home. That, combined with the simple pantry ingredients in the recipe, means overseas Malaysians can now satisfy their cravings for Chee Cheong Fun in a matter of minutes. I never knew about the » Read More

How to Cook Wantan Mee with Chicken Char Siew and Sui Gow

A typical Malaysian breakfast dish, stir-fried noodles are coated in a sticky sauce and served with steamed greens, a side of wontons (Wantans) and barbecued pork or chicken (Char Siew). Wantan Mee aka Wonton Noodles Ingredients: 500 g fresh, thin wonton noodles 2 bunches flowering Choy Sum, cut into 5 cm lengths For Wonton Mee » Read More