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 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

How to Cook Beef Noodle Soup

Most people are familiar with Vietnamese Beef Pho, but what’s less well-known is that we similarly grew up with our own version of beef noodle soup back in Malaysia. I sort of split the difference in this broadcast where I retained the use of hearty chunks of beef brisket found in the Malaysian version, but seasoned the soup with some of the » Read More

How to Make Kerisik and Chicken Rendang

Much like cereal prawns, an overwhelming number of online searches for “kerisik” yield misinformed recipes (what I like to call Fake Food News) for this Malaysian rendang ingredient. For the last time, kerisik is not toasted desiccated coconut; it’s roasted creamed coconut, sometimes called “coconut butter”. Watch live video from JackieMFood on » Read More

How to Cook Cereal Prawns, Kaya and Pisang Goreng

Cereal prawns is one of those dishes that emerged on the Malaysian food scene AFTER I moved to Australia back in 1984, so I never got to try it growing up. That didn’t stop me putting it on my Concord restaurant menu back in the day, however, so I set off to learn the recipe the same way most people in this day and age do - I googled it. Most » Read More

How to Cook Thin Egg Noodles 2 Different Ways

This post was originally written to correlate with a different broadcast covering crispy noodles and fried wontons, and it contained the corresponding video embedded from Twitch. I found out a couple of weeks ago that Twitch videos are automatically archived after 2 months, which meant the original video would have been non-playable after that » Read More

How to Make Chilli Pan Mee and Butter Prawns

Despite being Hakka I’d only ever had Hakka Pan Mee in a broth; this was my first attempt serving it “dry-style”, which involved using the same dough recipe from the soup version which I’d previously shared, but this time cut into thin strips as opposed to pappardelle-style. I was also going in blind with this since I’d never had it, and frankly » Read More