Travel Diary Kuala Lumpur – Central Market (Part 3)

Central Market & Swiss Inn, Chinatown It’s time to catch up with People Express’ Diana who helps me with the aforementioned errands. We drop in for a quick walkaround the nearby Central Market, which is a hub for traditional arts and craft. There are a number of food stalls in the mall outside the Central Market building itself, with » Read More

Travel Diary Kuala Lumpur – Chinatown (Part 2)

Chinatown Every time I travel to Malaysia, I need to run some errands on arrival – get myself a local sim card, buy some Malaysian currency, and hunt down and stock up on mango lassi (the only thing baby Noah will drink and his main source of sustenance since he doesn’t eat very much). Because of my late arrival last night I didn’t get the chance » Read More

Travel Diary Kuala Lumpur – Chinatown

Swiss Inn & Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur  I’m off on my first overseas trip this year – it’s been 6 months which is a long time between gigs for me considering I’ve been back and forth between Australia and the region fairly frequently in the last 2 years. This time around I’m going to visit some Shangri-la Resorts to experience their » Read More

How to Make Laksa Nyonya in 15 Minutes

Print PDF There's a lot of confusion about what Laksa Nyonya is - and this is actually quite understandable in view of the fact that Penang's famous laksa - the sour, non-coconut milk version aka Asam (Assam) laksa is also Nyonya-influenced. For the record, my Laksa Nyonya refers to the laksa inspired by Melaka's nyonya culture. There are, » Read More

What’s the deal with Palm Oil?

Print PDF Anyone who watches me do my thing at the markets would know I use this strange orange-coloured oil in my cooking. In case you’re wondering, it is palm fruit oil supplied by Carotino, a Malaysian-owned company. There’s a lot of debate about palm oil production and also the use of palm oil in cooking, and a quick google search » Read More

How to Make Satay Kajang – Street Eats Journey 2

Print PDF Satay Kajang is one of Kuala Lumpur's most iconic dishes and one of those food items loved equally by locals and tourists. I remember growing up in Malaysia that my parents would always detour to the famous town of Kajang every time we made a day trip to the big city of Kuala Lumpur 40 miles from my Seremban hometown. We would order » Read More

Travel Diary (Part 7) – Kampung Life at Sukasuka

Print PDF Sukasuka Day 2 I’m not the only city slicker in the group; our driver Tony struggles to deploy his mosquito net correctly and by the next morning his bed looks like a scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Breakfast is a traditional Malay offering - nasi lemak plus different types of kuih including onde-onde, which in » Read More

Food & Travel Guide: Penang

Print PDF My latest Flipboard Magazine is out - Penang Travel Guide  - and contains articles and videos on food, recipes, places to visit and things to do. This is a collection of my own as well as other curated content and it will be regularly updated, so do send me suggestions for any links or places I can add to this.  I will be creating » Read More

Travel Diary Part 3 – Kampung Baru and Brickfields, KL

Print PDF Kampung Baru (or Bharu) (translation - New Village) Day 1 “Kampung Baru” just means New Village in Malay, and I actually spent most of my childhood years in a Kampung Baru (Kg Baru Bukit Temiang, ie. Temiang Hill New Village) in my hometown in Seremban. Mostly though, people think of Kampung Baru Kuala Lumpur, an area smack in the » Read More

How to Cook Penang Char Kway Teow

Print PDF Penang Char Kway Teow could arguably be the one dish that puts Penang Island head and shoulders over the rest of Malaysia in the culinary stakes. Chef Siva of Hotel Jen reveals the 3 sauce ingredients that go into a traditional Penang CKT recipe, and also shows how it's cooked. Click here to watch on YouTube (opens new window) » Read More