How to Make Steamed Char Siew Pao (Thermomix)

In episode 2 of our weekly Live broadcast, Zona and I made steamed buns. Since I don’t eat pork, I made mine with a chicken filling. Zona used BBQ pork with her batch. Recipe for the dough and the filling as follows (you can substitute the chicken mince with diced BBQ pork)  Simple Bun Recipe - 400g low gluten flour (or superfine/HK/pao » Read More

How to Make Fish Floss or Meat Floss (Thermomix)

I love chicken floss but as a kid growing up in Malaysia it was always a bit of a luxury item so I never got to eat as much of it or have it as often as I wished. (I guess they mustn’t have been cheap even back in those days.) I remember my parents might pick some up in Kuala Lumpur during one of our infrequent day trips to Malaysia’s capital, or » Read More

The Great Penang Char Kway Teow Debate

Every time the topic of Penang’s most famous dish comes up, I get a whole host of conjectures about what makes a good CKT - charcoal fire, wok breath, indispensable ingredients like pork fat, pork crisps, Chinese sausage - the list goes on. Awhile back I posted a video of a chef IN Penang cooking Penang Char Kway Teow - - and it created a » Read More

Malaysia Kitchen Season 1 Episode 6 Recipe

This is one of the easiest Malaysian desserts you can make at home, but there are a few crucial steps to getting the sago and the sauce just right.  I made this on Episode 6 of Malaysia Kitchen Season 1, and used what turned out to be an aesthetically awkward choice for a mould, thanks to its gigantic size. A couple of tips to take on board » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 9

Recipe for Maggi Ketam (Claypot Crab with Maggi Noodles) from Indra Tom Yam One trend I’ve noticed in my trips to Malaysia in recent years is the use of Maggi ie. instant noodles in some street food dishes. You might come across Maggi Goreng (ie. fried Maggi noodles) cooked Mee Goreng-style at some food courts, and I’ve had Maggi Udang ie. Mee » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 8

Recipes for Ketupat Sotong (Squid Stuffed with Glutinous Rice) and Kerabu Pucuk Nipah (Palm Shoots Salad) from Perdana Resort, Kota Bharu We showed up at Perdana Resort, a beachside property, for the next two cooking demonstrations - and found another extravagant banquet had been prepared for us that included Kelantan’s very unique laksa (I will » Read More

How to Prepare Tamarind Paste

A quick video to show you how I extract tamarind paste from a block. Tamarind is used quite extensively in Malaysian and Southeast Asian cooking, so this is something that's handy to make in batches and freeze. Fun facts about tamarind - 1) Tamarind is a sour fruit, the pulp of which is used in a lot of Southeast Asian recipes. 2) You can find » Read More

How to Make Garlic Chilli Sauce (Thermomix)

If you don’t own a Thermomix, you can quite easily make this in a regular blender - it takes longer and may require more stopping and stirring/scraping but that’s about it. If this were all the Thermomix is capable of, it’d be a pretty expensive blender, but of course, it can do quite a few other things as well. I will be sharing more recipes » Read More

Jackie M’s Thermomix Review

I think the first I heard about Thermomix was round about when The Katering Show’s YouTube series came out (warning: language). I really didn’t know much about it and figured it was sort of a glorified blender for people (read: rich Westerners) whose diets consisted mainly of healthy dips and smoothies. I don’t do “healthy”, and I don’t do dips » Read More

How to Cook Chai Tow Kway

Chai Tow Kway a.k.a. Fried Radish Cake Not a dish that was readily available in my hometown of Seremban when I was growing up, my introduction to it was during my first visit to Singapore.  The version here is closer to what you would find in Penang, which comes with a darker, richer sauce.  This is traditionally cooked on a big, heavy griddle, » Read More