How to Make Low-Carb Malaysian Prawn Noodle Soup (Har Meen)

  This dish is known by different names depending on which part of Malaysia you grew up in; I know it as har meen (literally prawn noodles), and being pork-averse, I make mine with a combination of prawn and chicken stock, and top it with chicken in lieu of pork. The low-carb version covered in this recipe involves the use of konnyaku » Read More

Epping Christmas Markets – Friday 24 November 2017

It's that time of the year again - I've been attending the Epping Christmas Markets every year since its inception (and back when it was a monthly twilight market on Friday evenings). The market is on again this Friday 24th November 2017 at Our Lady Help of Christians School at the corner of Oxford and Cambridge Streets in Epping. It's a short walk » Read More

How to Make Malaysian Popiah – 2017 Edition

I remember the time I was invited to Singapore to film a series of cooking videos for an online media company. I was quite happy with the results but for the fact that they described me on their portal as a "food blogger". Anybody can blog, but I'll bet my bottom dollar there aren't many Malaysian cooks in the world who can claim to know how to » 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 Sweet Potato Onde-Onde and Black Sesame Paste Dessert

Fair warning - the audio in this Live Asian Kitchen is badly out of sync. I only realised because I had to force myself to watch the replay so I could remember the ingredient amounts for these recipes (fun fact - I have a general phobia about watching myself on camera). Sweet Potato Onde-Onde INGREDIENTS: 200g steamed & mashed » Read More

How to Make Chilli Sauce for Dim Sums

This post relates to my broadcast that covered 2 dishes - chilli crab, and the chilli sauce typically served at Chinese restaurants for Yum Cha. Chilli Sauce for Dumplings (1 hr 16 mins into video) INGREDIENTS: 2 cups large chillies 5 cloves garlic 1 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp sugar ½ Tbsp salt Cooled, boiled water (if » Read More

How to Cook Fish with Tom Yum Sauce

I always avoided Tom Yum (or Tom Yam) whenever I was back in Malaysia for a visit because in my mind, eating Thai food in Malaysia was akin to ordering pizza in a Chinese restaurant. Apparently my assumption was wrong since Malaysian Tom Yum is quite different from the Thai variety. How, exactly? I wasn't sure; my Malaysian friends couldn’t explain » Read More

How To Cook Eggplant & Dried Shrimp Sambal

This eggplant sambal dish is from the same broadcast as the fish with tom yum sauce (hour 2) but I thought I should split it into two posts so it’s easier for people to find the recipe. Eggplant Sambal INGREDIENTS: 1 large eggplant, cut into chunks 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tbsps dried shrimp, soaked, drained and lightly crushed 4 » Read More

How to Make Seremban Hakka Noodles (Non-Pork Version)

My aversion to pork means I’ve rarely explored the cuisine of my own Hakka heritage, which seems to be dominated by pork dishes. This is one such example, made famous by a stall in my hometown of Seremban, hence its name - Seremban Hakka Noodles. Since I don’t eat pork, I’ve never actually eaten it. I’m not exactly going in blind however; I » Read More

How to Make Mah Chee aka Chi Pa

I knew this Malaysian childhood snack as Mah Chee, though it’s entirely possible I had the name wrong my whole life; such is the lot of an entire generation of fluent but illiterate Chinese speakers who grew up in Malaysia. The cookbook from which this recipe was extracted (Agnes Chang’s Hawkers’ Delights) calls it “Chi Pa”. Watch live video » Read More