How to Make Malaysian Popiah – 2017 Edition

I remember the time I was invited to Singapore to film a series of cooking videos for an online media company. I was quite happy with the results but for the fact that they described me on their portal as a "food blogger". Anybody can blog, but I'll bet my bottom dollar there aren't many Malaysian cooks in the world who can claim to know how to » Read More

How to Cook Malaysian Lamb Curry

This was a personal favourite from my range of Jackie M frozen meals, at least before I substituted fried fresh onion with commercial fried shallots. I employed a lot of shortcuts for my business because of time and cost constraints, but I’ve always acknowledged that fresh is best. Full cooking lesson for this dish brought to you by my Live » Read More

How to Make Solok Lada (Malay Stuffed Chillies) – Nasi Kerabu Part 4 of 4

  This has to be my favourite among the many accompaniments that make up a Nasi Kerabu - chillies stuffed with a mix of fish paste and coconut, then simmered in coconut milk.   Solok Lada (Stuffed Chillies) INGREDIENTS: 300g large red chillies, slit on one side vertically and deseeded 500g basa fillets 1 Tbsp » Read More

How to Make Keropok Ikan (Fish Crackers) – Nasi Kerabu Part 2 of 4

Kelantan is famous for its keropok, but there are in fact two different types - keropok lekor, which is chewy in texture, and this, which is essentially the prawn crackers I grew up eating in my neck of the Malaysian woods, except with fish. Using basa fillets instead of mackerel or featherback etc. is an Australian twist because it’s far and away » Read More

How to Make Kelantan Nasi Kerabu – Part 1 of 4

It’s taken me nearly four years since my first live video on this herbed rice banquet to finally put pen to paper (keyboard to website, whatevs) and publish the recipes for it. Here’s the highlights video from the original broadcast, streamed from The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (click on video to watch) >> I’m vaguely aware of at » Read More

How to Cook Thai Crying Tiger (Seua Hay Rong) – Asian BBQ Series

One of my favourites to order when I dine out at Thai restaurants, I had the opportunity to attempt making this myself using my Ziggy barbecue unit. This recipe is based on David Thompson's "Thai Food", and is part of my series of Asian BBQ Recipes. FYI because I'm a bit of a wimp with chilli, the heat level in the sauce that accompanies the dish » Read More

How to Make Soon Kueh aka Chai Kueh

Since when was Soon Kueh meant to be blue-coloured, I hear you ask. Well, since my friend Alexx of Facebook.com/MyBlueTeaAU sent me some blue butterfly flower (bunga telang) powder, a highly sought-after ingredient among serious Malaysian cooks who live outside of Southeast Asia. Thanks to Alexx’s efforts, you can now buy pure blue flower powder » Read More

How to Make Seremban Hakka Noodles (Non-Pork Version)

My aversion to pork means I’ve rarely explored the cuisine of my own Hakka heritage, which seems to be dominated by pork dishes. This is one such example, made famous by a stall in my hometown of Seremban, hence its name - Seremban Hakka Noodles. Since I don’t eat pork, I’ve never actually eaten it. I’m not exactly going in blind however; I » Read More

How to Make Mah Chee aka Chi Pa

I knew this Malaysian childhood snack as Mah Chee, though it’s entirely possible I had the name wrong my whole life; such is the lot of an entire generation of fluent but illiterate Chinese speakers who grew up in Malaysia. The cookbook from which this recipe was extracted (Agnes Chang’s Hawkers’ Delights) calls it “Chi Pa”. Watch live video » Read More

How to Cook Beef Noodle Soup

Most people are familiar with Vietnamese Beef Pho, but what’s less well-known is that we similarly grew up with our own version of beef noodle soup back in Malaysia. I sort of split the difference in this broadcast where I retained the use of hearty chunks of beef brisket found in the Malaysian version, but seasoned the soup with some of the » Read More