How to Make Chicken Lorbak (Loh Bak)

Lorbak (aka Loh Bak) is a delicious Nyonya meat roll from Penang that's served with two different types of sauces. Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort's Chef Chai showed me how this is made in this live cooking lesson held recently for guests of the hotel. INGREDIENTS: 1.2 kg Chicken thigh fillets, sliced into thin strips 200 g Turnip (yam bean » Read More

How to Cook Jackie M Prawns – Fish & Hunt Australia

Back in my Concord restaurant days one of the most popular menu items was my Butter Soft-shell Crab - a dish I made up based on various interpretations of the Malaysian butter sauce (not to be confused with the sauce in Indian butter chicken) craze that was taking over restaurant menus in Malaysia. I say “made up” because this “butter sauce” thing » 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

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

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

The Hawker’s Story – Part 5 (Final)

Print PDF Are you someone who complains that the food back in Malaysia doesn’t quite taste as good as it used to? I hear this all the time. Maybe you’re a tourist who tried to hunt down a famous street stall you read about. You spend half your day tracking down and travelling to this obscure location only to find it’s gone » Read More

The Hawker’s Story – Part 4

Print PDF That was my life growing up in the small town of Seremban, Malaysia. When we reminisce at family get-togethers, my older siblings tell me I had it much easier than they did. And boy, do they remind me about it. Every. Single. Time. (In response, I call them crybabies. Alright, not really.) My older brothers claim they were fed » Read More

The Hawker’s Story – Part 1

Print PDF People who know me can be divided into two broad categories - my real world customers and my online followers. There is some overlap, but mostly there is disparity in how these two camps view me. If you only know me from social media you might see me as a Malaysian-born foodie who does Hangouts-on-Air (Live internet broadcasts), has » 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

Malaysian Cooking – What Ingredients Do You Need?

Print PDF Find out in my 9-minute video below ;) Just to put some context into this, I spent minutes trawling through my pantry for ingredients I had on hand, I didn't spend months writing a thesis, interviewing experts, drawing up definitive lists or  stocking up for this video. In other words, if I missed your favourite ingredient, don't be » Read More