How to Make Chicken or Beef Bak Kwa (Barbecued Minced Meat)

I grew up in the part of Malaysia where this is known as “long yoke” (Cantonese & Hakka), and for a long time after coming to Australia, I had no idea what other people were talking about when they made reference to “bak kwa” (Hokkien) - more evidence of how gloriously splintered Malaysia can be when it comes to food, language and » Read More

Blue Flower Power And The Case For Cultural Appropriation

(Originally published on The Huffington Post December 2017) I have a confession to make - I don’t spend a lot of time browsing through pretty pictures on Instagram; it’s just not how I consume content. No surprise then, that I missed the recent trend in blue butterfly (aka blue pea) flower-infused images of food and drink on social media. » Read More

How to Make Indonesian Sup Soto (Low Carb)

I was hesitant to call this a Soto since its defining characteristic is the use of compressed rice squares (ketupat) simmered in soup, and with the whole low-carb thing, I’m severely restricting my rice consumption. Instead, I added some coconut powder (I would have used coconut cream or coconut  milk but I didn’t have any on hand) to compensate » Read More

How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice (Low-Carb)

In this Live Asian Kitchen you will hear me say repeatedly how much I disliked cauliflower, and how much contempt I held for the attempts at cauliflower fried rice I’d seen online. They looked like gooey couscous or risotto, and bore no resemblance to fried rice as I know it. I thus came into to this session with very low expectations, but was » Read More

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

  If you've followed my Live Asian Kitchen broadcasts for any length of time, you would know that the term sambal belacan" (shrimp paste sambal) covers a number of different chilli dips - there's raw sambal belacan which consists of pounding chillies with toasted shrimp paste, some seasoning plus a dash of fresh lime juice - popular in » Read More

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

How to Cook Stir-Fried Cucumber (Low-Carb)

This Live Asian Kitchen broadcast marks the beginning of my low-carb diet. For the record, I neither invented nor tweaked this recipe to fit into my current low-carb fixation; stir-fried cucumber is actually quite a common dish served up in Chinese homes back in Malaysia (and possibly other parts of the world; I don’t know). Stir-Fried » Read More

How to Cook Duck Soup with Salted Vegetables

  I used the duck bones (with a generous amount of meat left on it) from the same duck in my last post, to make duck soup with salted vegetables, a well-loved Chinese homestyle soup that originated from the Fujian province in China. The duck soup segment begins about halfway through this live video -   Duck Soup with » Read More

How to Make Hainanese Bread

Hainanese bread was something we grew up eating at the kopitiam (coffee shop) on the top floor of the wet market in my hometown of Seremban (Pasar Besar Seremban, which incidentally burned down quite recently). It was tall and fluffy with a texture I haven’t been able to find among the myriad varieties of bread here in Australia, and it was » 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