How to Make Yong Tau Foo with Chee Cheong Fun & Tim Cheong

I used to sell this at my now-defunct restaurant on Majors Bay Road in Concord, Sydney, and I still make and eat it on a semi-regular basis (anyone who watches my Live Asian Kitchen will vouch for that) so much so I assumed I’d posted the recipe on my website long ago. That was until someone on Instagram asked for the recipe and I thought I’d » Read More

How to Cook Crab with Yee Meen Noodles

Mud crab with ginger and shallots and yee meen noodles is a bit of a special occasion dish at Chinese restaurants here in Australia because of its price tag, but it's actually quite easy to achieve at home, especially if you use cheaper varieties of crab like I did here. I usually go for spanner crabs, which usually go for about 1/3 the price tag » Read More

How to Make Kuih Bingka Ubi (Baked Cassava Cake)

Kuih Bingka Ubi or Baked Cassava Cake is about as simple a Malay kuih as you can make, and the bonus is that it's gluten-free. If you're based in Sydney, you should be able to find grated cassava easily in the freezer section of Indian and well-stocked Asian grocery stores - it's a definite timesaver. BTW I know I've posted this recipe on this » Read More

How to Make Yee Chai Peng (Ear Biscuits)

Yee Chai Peng (Cantonese for “ear biscuits”) were these intriguing spiral-patterned, curved fried pastries from my childhood in Malaysia, which were crunchy, slightly sweet and yet savoury. The only ones I ever ate were factory-made; this wasn’t one of those things that you would find people making fresh at home or at their street stall - certainly » Read More

How to Make Perfect Roti Canai Dough

A Wok Around Asia Recipe By Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur When I got into this whole “food thing” back in the day, I had to learn how to make everything myself through trial and error, because hawkers in Malaysia were notoriously secretive about their craft. One of these recipes was for roti canai (roti prata if you’re Singaporean), and I’ve » Read More

How to Cook Ayam Masak Merah (Spicy Tomato Chicken)

I’m told Ayam Masak Merah is a ubiquitous dish at Malay buffets back in Malaysia but I honestly don’t remember ever eating it. It could be that my home state of Negeri Sembilan serves up a Malay fare that’s noticeably different to that found in other parts of the country. For the longest time after it appeared on my radar, I wasn't particularly » Read More

Matching Australian Wines With Asian Food

I was recently sent a box of Australian wines courtesy of Wine Selectors, a wine subscription company which sells wine from over 500 Australian producers, of bronze medal standard or higher. The pack I received was from their Australia’s First Families of Wine Favourites Mixed Collection, and this has given me the perfect opportunity to » Read More

How to Make Seremban Beef Noodles (Ngau Lam Fun)

This, folks, represents my culinary raison d'être - the world famous Seremban Beef Noodles, otherwise known (in Cantonese) as Ngau Lam Fun; one of countless childhood memories that finally lured me away from IT consultancy and into food full-time some 17 years ago. To expand on that a little, the reason I got into this “food thing” was partly to » Read More

How to Make Jackie M’s XXO Sauce

I remember when XO sauce started popping up in Chinatown menus as an option for your stir-fried Chinese dishes a couple of decades ago, and thinking it must refer to cognac. I eventually learned that it was in fact a condiment made with dried scallops, an ingredient that’s expensive enough that it would deter me from ever entertaining the thought » Read More

How to Cook Spicy Chocolate Seafood Pasta

A Wok Around Asia Recipe Courtesy of Symphony By Chef Jo Masterchef Malaysia judge Chef Jo's restaurant, Symphony by Chef Jo in Kuala Lumpur's DC Mall, serves what he describes as "eclectic cuisine" -  he draws inspiration from food and flavours from around the world to produce a menu with intriguing-sounding items like Spicy Chocolate Seafood » Read More