How to Make Sago Gula Melaka

Tapioca and Sago Pearls (30 Days 30 Asian Ingredients Series Day 30) In this Live broadcast I talk about sago pearls and tapioca pearls and also make a popular dessert called Gula Melaka, which consists of sago or tapioca pearls served with gula melaka (Malaysian palm sugar) and coconut sauce. Sago Gula Melaka Recipe For the sago pearls » Read More

Yoga Home 500 Review

Some of you might know that once upon a time, before the “food thing”, I used to be an IT consultant. I was an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) and CNA (Certified Novell Administrator) and did contract work in Sydney and London for some 7+ years. Back in late 2014, baby Noah broke my » Read More

Curry Powder and Curried Maggi Noodles (30 Days 30 Asian Ingredients Series Day 24)

I get the feeling that many Australians who like Asian food mistakenly believe their Asian immigrant neighbours are automatically badass cooks. I can’t speak for all Asian countries but I know for a fact that growing up in Malaysia most of us didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen (well, I did, but that’s because I was close to my stepmom and » Read More

Street Food Recommendations For Your Next Trip to Malaysia

I regularly get asked about eating recommendations in Malaysia and last week was no exception. My journalist friend Steph emailed me to say she was planning to travel through Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Ipoh and Penang (among other places) in May and asked if I could suggest people and food she should look up. She will be travelling alone and is » Read More

How to Make Laksa (Thermomix)

In episode 3 of our weekly webcast, Zona and I reinterpret my Laksa Nyonya recipe for the Thermomix. Here’s a recording of the workshop (made using the webcam from my Yoga 900 that was running simultaneously during the Periscope session) - If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for my Thermomix mailing list at www.jackiem.com.au/thermomix » Read More

How to Make Steamed Char Siew Pao (Thermomix)

In episode 2 of our weekly Live broadcast, Zona and I made steamed buns. Since I don’t eat pork, I made mine with a chicken filling. Zona used BBQ pork with her batch. Recipe for the dough and the filling as follows (you can substitute the chicken mince with diced BBQ pork)  Simple Bun Recipe - 400g low gluten flour (or superfine/HK/pao » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 5

Day 4 and I’m acutely aware that time is running out for us to visit this region’s famous attractions. It’s Sunday and temperatures are expected to soar (I’m told they hit 45°C yesterday). Baby Noah is back to his normal, happy self but the beautiful hotel pool beckons along with the prospect of travelling far distances in the searing heat.  I » Read More

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 Make Malaysian Prawn Stock

I’m constantly amazed at the popularity of pre-cooked or de-shelled prawns in seafood shops here in Australia, over and above the raw, shell-intact varieties. To me, if they’ve been pre-cooked, the shells (not to mention the meat) have lost most of their flavour, and if they’re peeled and treated (ie. what we Asians called “restaurant prawns”) you » Read More