How to Make Bubur Cha Cha

Bubur Cha Cha a.k.a. Sweet Potato and Taro Cubes in Coconut Sauce This is one of the street food dishes my stepmom used to make on a regular basis at home because it is so quick and delicious. I like using frozen taro, found in Asian supermarkets, for convenience. They’re already peeled, available year-round and generally work out cheaper than » Read More

How to Make Kaya Toast

Growing up in Seremban I used to get Kaya toast from a stall above my local wet market. The vendor used large, very light and fluffy bread, cut into thick slices. The slices were then grilled over charcoal before being smeared with a generous amount of Kaya and sandwiched with thick chunks of butter. It wasn’t until I visited Singapore as an adult » Read More

Malaysia Kitchen Season 1 Episode 2 Recipe

In Episode 2 of Channel 7TWO’s Malaysia Kitchen, I join host Alvin Quah to make Chee Cheong Fun, a breakfast favourite in Malaysia. If you missed the original airing on 31 Oct, you can catch the episode here - https://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/malaysia-kitchen/-/watch/29939679/malaysia-kitchen-sat-31-oct-season-1-episode-2/ but only for the next 4 » Read More

How to Make Mashed Banana Fritters

This is variously called Cekodok, Kuih Kodok or Jemput-Jemput Pisang in Malaysia. I added this snack to my market-stall menu to use up some overripe bananas, it proved so popular I kept it on for a long time. There are many different varieties of bananas in Malaysia and the kind traditionally used for this recipe are sweeter than what is readily » Read More

The Beginner’s Malaysian Pantry

Learning to cook Malaysian can be somewhat like trying to learn a new language, especially where ingredients are concerned. Many ‘Malaysian’ recipes published by prominent chefs based outside of Malaysia call for an incredibly long list of ingredients for each dish. This can be intimidating for someone just starting out or trying to recreate the » Read More

How to Make Woon Chai Koh

Woon Chai Koh a.k.a Steamed Rice Cake When literally translated this favourite from my childhood means “Little Bowl Cake”. The dish is very similar to the more popularly-known Chwee Kueh, but uses a larger mould and has an extra dark sauce topping that goes with it. Many years ago, without knowing how to make Woon Chai Koh, I improvised on the » Read More

How to Make Nasi Lemak – Part 2

Chilli Sambal Ingredients: 2 Tbsp oil, reserved from frying ikan bilis (anchovies) ¼ cup onion, puréed ¼ cup onion, thinly sliced ½ chicken stock granules ¼ cup sugar 1 Tbsp tamarind extract 2 tsp belacan (shrimp paste) granules ¼ cup chilli paste (made from blended, soaked dried chillies) Method: Heat oil in a » Read More

How to Make Nasi Lemak – Part 1

Nasi lemak is the unofficial ‘national dish’ of Malaysia, and a popular breakfast item that you’ll find wrapped in banana leaf at street-side stalls. A number of side dishes and condiments go into this dish and they vary slightly depending on where you are, but at my restaurant I always served Nasi Lemak with coconut rice, cucumber slices, dried » Read More

How to Make Chee Cheong Fun

Awhile back, I ran a Google+ hangout and cooked this dish - the response was instant and many said they had no idea how easy the rolls are to make at home. That, combined with the simple pantry ingredients in the recipe, means overseas Malaysians can now satisfy their cravings for Chee Cheong Fun in a matter of minutes. I never knew about the » Read More

How to Cook Penang Asam Laksa

Asam (aka Assam) Laksa Also known as Penang Laksa, this dish hails from its namesake island and has been listed among the 'Top 10 world’s most delicious foods' by CNN.  I held off on attempting it for many years as one of the main ingredients in the paste, bunga kantan or torch ginger flower, is almost impossible to find in Australia.  However, » Read More