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

Roti with Banana and Chocolate Sauce

Roti Canai dough is usually flipped, but in this version, Chef Kris rolled it into a thin pastry which is then filled with banana slices. This is one of the dishes from the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Wine Dinner I hosted recently. INGREDIENTS: Roti canai dough - 1 kg strong flour 1 tsp salt 2 egg whites 1 Tbsp ghee 1 Tbsp condensed milk 1 Tbsp » Read More

How to Cook Silken Noodles with Grilled Lobster (Kway Teow Siram)

Kway Teow Siram aka Silken Noodles is very easy to make at home - in this video, I used grilled lobster and tobiko to give it a luxurious twist for the wine dinner I was hosting at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Sabah. INGREDIENTS: 250g fresh rice noodles, wide-cut 2 tsp oil ½tsp soya sauce ½ tsp thick soy sauce ½ lobster in shell, brushed with » Read More

How to Cook Sabah Rice Wine Chicken (Ayam Lihing)

Ayam Lihing is a Kadazan Sabah dish that uses chicken and local rice wine; Chef Elroy from Shangri-La Tanjung Aru in Kota Kinabalu shows me how easy it is to prepare. This is the first in a series of 3 Kadazan Sabah dishes I learned during my recent trip to Borneo. One interesting point of difference I picked up which was confirmed by Chef Elroy » Read More

How to Make Chicken Lorbak (Loh Bak)

Lorbak (aka Loh Bak) is a delicious Nyonya meat roll from Penang that's served with two different types of sauces. Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort's Chef Chai showed me how this is made in this live cooking lesson held recently for guests of the hotel. INGREDIENTS: 1.2 kg Chicken thigh fillets, sliced into thin strips 200 g Turnip (yam bean » Read More

How to Cook Jackie M Prawns – Fish & Hunt Australia

Back in my Concord restaurant days one of the most popular menu items was my Butter Soft-shell Crab - a dish I made up based on various interpretations of the Malaysian butter sauce (not to be confused with the sauce in Indian butter chicken) craze that was taking over restaurant menus in Malaysia. I say “made up” because this “butter sauce” thing » Read More