How to Make Laksam

No, it’s not a typo - Laksam is indeed a different dish to the (I would hope) universally-known Laksa. I could be totally off the mark but I think I read somewhere that the etymology of the word is “laksa” plus “asam”, in other words, sour laksa. Having said that, the defining feature of Laksam is the use of steamed rice flour rolls instead of » Read More

How to Cook Singapore Chilli Crab

I’m reminded it’s been a week since I bought the two backup sim cards and neither of them are activated yet. One’s the wrong size for the modem it came with, and the other has had its activation delayed thanks to problems at the reseller’s end. I’m not freaking out so far but I probably should start drafting the inevitable blog post complaining » Read More

How to Make Fresh Rice Noodles (Hor Fun)

In the broadcast I experimented with a higher ratio of tapioca flour; I wasn’t entirely happy with it, so here’s the tweaked version. Fresh Rice Noodles Recipe INGREDIENTS: 150g rice flour 2 Tbps tapioca flour 2 Tbsps wheat starch 500ml water 1 Tbsp oil ½ tsp salt Oil for brushing *You will need - steamer, suitable » Read More

How to Cut and Serve Pineapple – Asian-style

Back in the day in Malaysia, my parents used to be hawkers, and one of the things they sold was fresh cut fruit. Here’s my live broadcast at Facebook.com/JackieMFood showing you how the pineapple would be cut, and also the kind of dip that was served with it.          » Read More

How to Make Mango Ice Cream

This recipe will work with a Thermocook or Thermomix, but you can produce the same results manually in the absence of either. Mango Ice Cream Recipe INGREDIENTS: 600g double cream OR coconut cream 3 eggs 120g honey 400g mango flesh ½ tsp salt METHOD: Combine all ingredients and blend in Thermocook (or blender) at » Read More

How to Make Fish Paste (Easy Recipe)

This recipe is great for those who find the thought of attempting your own fish paste (used for fish balls, stuffed tofu & vegetables, fish cakes etc. etc.) daunting because of the cost and time involved. I’m using cheap Basa fillets which I found in the freezer section of my local Aldi supermarket, combined with lean chicken mince. Thanks to » Read More

How to Make Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas)

Summer Fruit Festival Recipe #7 - Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas) **Pisang Goreng (Fried Bananas)** INGREDIENTS: ½ cup plain flour ½ cup rice flour ¼ cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1.5 teaspoons baking soda ½  teaspoon salt ¼ cup desiccated coconut (optional) ½ kg bananas, cut into halves or quarters METHOD: Combine » Read More

How to Make Padang-style Eggplant Sambal

Summer Fruit Festival Recipe #6 - Padang-style Eggplant Sambal INGREDIENTS: 500g eggplant, cut into cubes 100g large chillies 1 medium-sized onion 3 cloves garlic (optional) 2 tomatoes (optional) 1 tsp salt Oil for frying METHOD: Blend chillies, onion, garlic and tomatoes in a food processor. Fry eggplant » Read More

How to Make Filipino-Style Fruit Salad

Summer Fruit Festival Recipe #5 - Filipino-Style Fruit Salad INGREDIENTS: Combination of fruits - bananas, nectarines, papaya, grapes, apples, pineapple, fresh coconut etc. - in bite-sized chunks 1 ½  cups whipped cream ½ cup condensed milk ¼ cup coconut cream Pinch of salt METHOD: Combine whipped cream, condensed milk, » Read More

How to Cook Crab Bee Hoon

Full disclosure - I’ve never had this in Singapore; in fact my only exposure to Crab Bee Hoon has been on TV courtesy of Anthony Bourdain. I Googled it and found a version that’s basically a glorified fish head vermicelli recipe. I’m confident that’s NOT the same dish that Mr. Bourdain ate in Geylang, so this is my take on it after further research » Read More