How to Make Sweet Potato Doughnuts (Kuih Keria)

Summer Fruit Festival Recipe #1 INGREDIENTS: For the dough - 500g purple sweet potato, cut into chunks, steamed and peeled ½ tsp salt 4 Tbsp plain flour 1 Tbsp tapioca flour Sugar syrup - 5 Tbsp sugar 3 Tbsp water Oil for deep-frying METHOD: Combine dough ingredients in mixer and knead for 1 minute at » Read More

Tang Sifu

This post was written 3 years ago and published on Father's Day. My dad has since passed away. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I’ve never been hugged by my dad.  Growing up, I was under no illusion that I was anywhere near the favourite of his 9 » Read More

Starting School – Seremban

I attended ACS (Anglo-Chinese School) in Kindergarten.  I’d been raised speaking Hakka within the family, and Cantonese among the neighbourhood kids.  The teacher spoke Cantonese to me. I remember a boy, Bernard Wong, taking  a liking to me and bringing me candy every day.  We hung out.  Then one day, he started getting obnoxious.  I think he’d » Read More

The Odeon

Throughout my time working at the Odeon, I had at best a love-hate relationship with it.  It wasn’t always that way.  When I was younger, I stayed at home whilst all my older brothers and sisters were out all day and night working.  I wanted to join them, but thanks to my position in the family – 8th in a family of 9 kids – they didn’t really need » Read More

Choong Fee

It would seem in hindsight that he never stood a chance, even from the moment he was named as a baby.  All the girls in our family have the middle name ‘Min’ and all the boys, ‘Choong’.  His name was Choong Fee. Shortly thereafter, my mom saw a fortune teller.  He told her it was a bad choice for a name.   The Chinese are superstitious about » Read More

The Car

This is my mom in our first car.  In the early years, my parents used to get around on a scooter.  Road safety laws have come a long way since those days when several of us would pile on top of each other on the scooter to get around town. Anyway, one day, my mom rode the scooter to the butcher’s to buy some meat for dinner. She saw his prices » 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

Singapore vs Malaysia: Food Fight

Some of the coolest people I’ve met online have been Singaporeans - Ling Pang (@sixinchheel), Tammi Kwok (@insatiablemunch), Shen Tan (@madamtans), to name a few - so it pains me to write this (alright, not really) but it’s universally accepted knowledge in Malaysia that our food is better than yours. (I like taking potshots at Singaporeans because » 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 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