How to Cook Chicken Bak Kut Teh (Chik Kut Teh)

I’ve had an aversion to pork since I was a kid, so I have no recollection of ever having eaten Bak Kut Teh (BKT), which is traditionally made using pork spare ribs. The smell of BKT is quite unmistakable however, and hard to avoid if you grew up in Malaysia or Singapore. Since I knew how it’s meant to smell, I felt vaguely confident going into this » 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 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 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 Pineapple Fried Rice

I know it might sound like I’m trying to get more plays on this pineapple fried rice video, but in all honesty, short of having me look over your shoulder and directing as you cook, your best hope in learning how to do fried rice (and many other Asian dishes, for that matter) lies not in reading the recipe but in watching how it’s done - The » Read More

How to Render Duck Fat | How to Make Duck Crackling

The only time I’ll eat duck (or chicken) skin is when it’s crispy, so rather than discarding it, I decided to remove all the skin from the duck in this live broadcast, and render it to obtain duck fat. I also wanted to use up every last bit from this duck (I’m Asian, after all) so I made crackling from the skin. Removing the skin and fat also meant » 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

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 Cook Malaysian Lamb Curry

This was a personal favourite from my range of Jackie M frozen meals, at least before I substituted fried fresh onion with commercial fried shallots. I employed a lot of shortcuts for my business because of time and cost constraints, but I’ve always acknowledged that fresh is best. Full cooking lesson for this dish brought to you by my Live » Read More