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

Press Release: Jackie M Charity Wine Dinner in the Pyrenees

I've been invited by Rainbow Gallery Café in Victoria's Pyrenees wine region to do a Malaysian wine dinner on Saturday 5 September. After the media storm of the last couple of weeks over baby Noah, I've asked that part of the proceeds go towards Down Syndrome NSW. The 5 courses I'm preparing will be gluten-free, and if you book by 14 August, » Read More

How to Cook Sambal Prawns – Everyday Gourmet TV

This is my Sambal Prawns recipe from my recent segment on Channel Ten's Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield. Keep an eye out for my other upcoming appearances featuring more Malaysian dishes. INGREDIENTS: 12 large prawns (shell on) 4 tbsp tapioca flour 2 egg whites, whisked 3 cups cooking oil Fresh coriander, to garnish Sauce- 3 » Read More

How to Cook Ayam Pongteh

I’d never had Ayam Pongteh - a Nyonya dish that originated not in Penang but in Malaysia’s other Nyonya hub of Melaka. It was one of those recipes I’d come across many times over the years of learning my craft but frankly I think the reason I never attempted it was because it looked almost too easy to be worth trying. Golden Sands Resort by » Read More

Fish and Hunt Australia – How to Cook Chilli Crab in 15 minutes

Malaysia’s southern neighbour likes to lay claim to this dish’s origin, hence why it’s more widely known as “Singapore Chilli Crab” but we all know it’s actually Malaysian ;)  I’m teasing (I love Singapore); anyhow this is my take on it - with belacan added for good measure to give it extra depth. I need to point out the use of belacan is not de » Read More