Travel Diary Part 3 – Kampung Baru and Brickfields, KL

Print PDF Kampung Baru (or Bharu) (translation - New Village) Day 1 “Kampung Baru” just means New Village in Malay, and I actually spent most of my childhood years in a Kampung Baru (Kg Baru Bukit Temiang, ie. Temiang Hill New Village) in my hometown in Seremban. Mostly though, people think of Kampung Baru Kuala Lumpur, an area smack in the » Read More

How to Cook Penang Asam Pedas

Print PDF Asam Pedas (Sour and Spicy Fish Stew) - a Penang Peranakan (Nyonya) specialty. Click here to watch on YouTube (opens new window) - Subscribe for more Malaysian cooking tips, recipes and secrets: Asam Pedas (Peranakan Fish Stew) (Serves » Read More

How to Make Roti Canai

Print PDF Roti Canai is seen as a bit of a dark art, and there is quite a bit of speculation as to what makes the dough stretchy, but if you’re lucky to get a mamak to reveal the recipe, he’d tell you it’s basically just flour, water and salt. All the other ingredients in my recipe are really there for flavour rather than to help with the » Read More

Food & Travel Guide: Kuala Lumpur

Print PDF I get asked all the time about places to eat or visit in Malaysia, so I've compiled this Flipboard magazine - a KL Travel Guide to help travellers navigate the Kuala Lumpur landscape. If the magazine doesn't display properly, just click on the link title below to view - it will open in a new window. I will keep adding new content as » Read More

How to Make Grilled Otak-Otak

Print PDF Click to watch on YouTube - Pretty sure I've blogged this recipe before, but there are probably plenty of people who missed it the first time around, so here it is. Again. Subscribe for more Malaysian cooking videos - Otak-otak is a very popular street » Read More

World’s Greatest Malaysian Cooking Masterclasses

Print PDF These are authentic, real, NOT FAKE, feedback about my most recent Malaysian cooking Masterclasses -  "YOUR DA BEST!!!!" - Tom B Lee Bu, Professor Emeritus, English Literature, Oxford. "That Pad Thai Masterclass was incredible. Thanks for bringing me closer to mastering Malaysian food!" - Nigel, food blogger at » Read More

Travel Diary – Kampung Baru, KL (Part 2)

Print PDF I receive my itinerary from the tour designer, Diana, a couple of days before I leave Sydney. Right away, I spot a familiar name in the document. My tour guide is going to be Mr. Shaukani Abbas, who is a mutual Facebook friend of Aspaliza. I’d been hanging out with Aspaliza every trip back home in the last year. What a small world, » Read More

Travel Diary – Kampung Baru, KL (Part 1)

Print PDF Prologue This is a story that Pak Aziz of Sukasuka Lake Retreat in Perak relayed during the second leg of my Culture, Heritage and Nature Delight tour. The retreat is in a very rural part of Malaysia - we’re in the middle of a kampung (Malay village), where life runs at a different pace and where it seems in many ways like time has » Read More

How to Cook Beef Rendang

Print PDF A no-fuss beef rendang recipe for the busy, modern cook. If you use pre-minced lemongrass and garlic like I do, you don’t even need to pull out your food processor or mortar and pestle. (A lot of my recipes are like that - I cook in commercial quantities for my business so I use shortcuts where possible.) And it works - I should know. » Read More

How About Malaysia?

Print PDF Have you ever visited Malaysia? Thought about it, maybe? I’ve talked to lots of Aussies at my food stalls over the years. (Contrary to perception I am occasionally approachable. It has been known to happen.) More than a handful have been to Malaysia. They were there because of work. Or they were transiting elsewhere. Or they » Read More