How to Cook Malaysian Lamb Curry

This was a personal favourite from my range of Jackie M frozen meals, at least before I substituted fried fresh onion with commercial fried shallots. I employed a lot of shortcuts for my business because of time and cost constraints, but I’ve always acknowledged that fresh is best. Full cooking lesson for this dish brought to you by my Live » Read More

Enough Is Enough

This story was originally published at (my new website specifically about this ongoing saga). It was republished by Mamamia and The Mighty, and received its own write-up on   On 28 September 2017, two police officers showed up at my weekly Concord Hospital market stall and told me that someone » Read More

How to Make Solok Lada (Malay Stuffed Chillies) – Nasi Kerabu Part 4 of 4

  This has to be my favourite among the many accompaniments that make up a Nasi Kerabu - chillies stuffed with a mix of fish paste and coconut, then simmered in coconut milk.   Solok Lada (Stuffed Chillies) INGREDIENTS: 300g large red chillies, slit on one side vertically and deseeded 500g basa fillets 1 Tbsp » Read More

How to Make Serunding and Ikan Goreng (Fried Fish) – Nasi Kerabu Part 3 of 4

Serunding, aka spicy meat floss, is another iconic Kelantan food that goes well with Nasi Kerabu, as is a simple grilled or pan-fried fish, typically ikan kembung (mackerel). I used barramundi (well, half of one) in my Live Asian Kitchen broadcast. Serunding INGREDIENTS: 250g cooked beef 1 cup desiccated coconut ½ cup coconut » Read More

How to Make Keropok Ikan (Fish Crackers) – Nasi Kerabu Part 2 of 4

Kelantan is famous for its keropok, but there are in fact two different types - keropok lekor, which is chewy in texture, and this, which is essentially the prawn crackers I grew up eating in my neck of the Malaysian woods, except with fish. Using basa fillets instead of mackerel or featherback etc. is an Australian twist because it’s far and away » Read More

How to Make Kelantan Nasi Kerabu – Part 1 of 4

It’s taken me nearly four years since my first live video on this herbed rice banquet to finally put pen to paper (keyboard to website, whatevs) and publish the recipes for it. Here’s the highlights video from the original broadcast, streamed from The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (click on video to watch) >> I’m vaguely aware of at » Read More

How to Cook Indonesian Ayam Bakar (Barbecue Chicken) – Asian BBQ Series

One feature of Indonesian cooking is that the chicken is commonly cooked in its marinade before it's grilled or fried. This is a brilliant way to prevent under-cooking your chicken on the barbecue, and it also allows you to prepare a day or two in advance and keep the cooked chicken refrigerated until needed. INGREDIENTS: 2 kg chicken » Read More

How To Cook Indonesian Ikan Bakar (Barbecue Fish) – Asian BBQ Series

While Barbecued or Grilled Fish is popular throughout Southeast Asia, the use of kecap manis (aka kicap manis in Malay) gives an Indonesian flavour to this recipe. This is more traditionally cooked with whole fish, where the marinade is not only basted on the fish, but also stuffed in its stomach cavity. If using fish fillets that are delicate in » Read More

How to Cook Thai Crying Tiger (Seua Hay Rong) – Asian BBQ Series

One of my favourites to order when I dine out at Thai restaurants, I had the opportunity to attempt making this myself using my Ziggy barbecue unit. This recipe is based on David Thompson's "Thai Food", and is part of my series of Asian BBQ Recipes. FYI because I'm a bit of a wimp with chilli, the heat level in the sauce that accompanies the dish » Read More

How to Cook Thai Grilled Cuttlefish (Pla Meuk Yang) – Asian BBQ Series

A simple recipe for your barbecue - in this video, I used cuttlefish, though squid would work just as well. This is the third in my series of Asian BBQ Recipes, and it's adapted from David Thompson's Thai Food. INGREDIENTS: 200g cuttlefish or squid 1 Tbsp fish sauce 3 Tbsps coconut cream 1 Tbsp coriander leaves Sauce - 1 coriander » Read More