Press Release: Jackie M Charity Wine Dinner in the Pyrenees

I've been invited by Rainbow Gallery Café in Victoria's Pyrenees wine region to do a Malaysian wine dinner on Saturday 5 September. After the media storm of the last couple of weeks over baby Noah, I've asked that part of the proceeds go towards Down Syndrome NSW. The 5 courses I'm preparing will be gluten-free, and if you book by 14 August, » Read More

How to Cook Khao Soi

I had the opportunity to visit Chiang Mai last month courtesy of Shangri-La Hotels and whilst there I filmed a series of cooking videos consisting of dishes unique to that part of Thailand. I’ll write about my Chiang Mai travels in a separate post, but right now I just want to get this recipe across to you. This is the first in the series, and I’m » Read More

How to Cook Sambal Prawns – Everyday Gourmet TV

This is my Sambal Prawns recipe from my recent segment on Channel Ten's Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield. Keep an eye out for my other upcoming appearances featuring more Malaysian dishes. INGREDIENTS: 12 large prawns (shell on) 4 tbsp tapioca flour 2 egg whites, whisked 3 cups cooking oil Fresh coriander, to garnish Sauce- 3 » Read More

How to Cook Ayam Pongteh

I’d never had Ayam Pongteh - a Nyonya dish that originated not in Penang but in Malaysia’s other Nyonya hub of Melaka. It was one of those recipes I’d come across many times over the years of learning my craft but frankly I think the reason I never attempted it was because it looked almost too easy to be worth trying. Golden Sands Resort by » Read More

Fish and Hunt Australia – How to Cook Chilli Crab in 15 minutes

Malaysia’s southern neighbour likes to lay claim to this dish’s origin, hence why it’s more widely known as “Singapore Chilli Crab” but we all know it’s actually Malaysian ;)  I’m teasing (I love Singapore); anyhow this is my take on it - with belacan added for good measure to give it extra depth. I need to point out the use of belacan is not de » Read More

Fish & Hunt Australia – Quick & Easy Sambal Baked Fish

I love eating Ikan Bakar (Malay Grilled Fish) when I’m in Malaysia – we tend to use whole fish there - and they’re often wrapped in banana leaves and cooked on a charcoal fire. One of the popular toppings used in ikan bakar is a sambal paste – and in this Fish and Hunt Australia segment, I used a Nasi Lemak Sambal by Dollee as a super quick » Read More

How to Make Mee Hailam

Recipe by Swiss Inn Kuala Lumpur Most of us know and love Hainanese Chicken Rice but I’d bet good money not many people outside of Malaysia have heard of Hainanese Noodles - what we call Mee Hailam. What little I knew of the Hainanese dialect group growing up in Malaysia was that as migrants from China, many of them used to work as maids in » Read More

Travel Diary Kuala Lumpur – Central Market (Part 3)

Central Market & Swiss Inn, Chinatown It’s time to catch up with People Express’ Diana who helps me with the aforementioned errands. We drop in for a quick walkaround the nearby Central Market, which is a hub for traditional arts and craft. There are a number of food stalls in the mall outside the Central Market building itself, with » Read More

Travel Diary Kuala Lumpur – Chinatown (Part 2)

Chinatown Every time I travel to Malaysia, I need to run some errands on arrival – get myself a local sim card, buy some Malaysian currency, and hunt down and stock up on mango lassi (the only thing baby Noah will drink and his main source of sustenance since he doesn’t eat very much). Because of my late arrival last night I didn’t get the chance » Read More

Travel Diary Kuala Lumpur – Chinatown

Swiss Inn & Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur  I’m off on my first overseas trip this year – it’s been 6 months which is a long time between gigs for me considering I’ve been back and forth between Australia and the region fairly frequently in the last 2 years. This time around I’m going to visit some Shangri-la Resorts to experience their » Read More