Soya Sauces (30 Days 30 Asian Ingredients Series Day 1)

I thought I might start with an ingredient that almost everyone is familiar with, but which is nonetheless somewhat confusing. There are 3 broad types of soya (aka soy) sauce - sweet soya sauce salty soya sauce - for this exercise I’ll call it “regular soya sauce” thick soya sauce aka caramel sauce Growing up in Malaysia, » Read More

How does a Thermomix Handle Asian Ingredients?

I remember as a kid back in my Templer Flat days in Seremban, one of my neighbours once brought a gigantic stone mill up to their 11th floor unit and set it up on their balcony. It was so heavy and our block of welfare units was so flimsy I wondered their balcony was going to one day break off under the weight of the mill. I think they used it » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 6

Recipes for Kelantan Snacks from Seterpa Homestay I’m known for lots of things but food styling isn’t one of them. If you think the pics in this post look above average by Jackie M standards, that would be because I shamelessly sneaked up behind the Rasa Magazine photographer to capture them after she’d painstakingly styled and photographed each » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 2

Recipes for Pindang Tapai, Ikan Masak Lemak Belimbing Buluh, Lawar Ikan Merah I checked into my room after my late lunch of nasi campur, and because I’d arrived a couple of hours ahead of the rest of the media group, I had time to take baby Noah for a quick dip in the hotel pool. I was still full from my last meal when it was time for an » Read More

The Beginner’s Malaysian Pantry

Learning to cook Malaysian can be somewhat like trying to learn a new language, especially where ingredients are concerned. Many ‘Malaysian’ recipes published by prominent chefs based outside of Malaysia call for an incredibly long list of ingredients for each dish. This can be intimidating for someone just starting out or trying to recreate the » Read More

Malaysian Cooking – What Ingredients Do You Need?

Print PDF Find out in my 9-minute video below ;) Just to put some context into this, I spent minutes trawling through my pantry for ingredients I had on hand, I didn't spend months writing a thesis, interviewing experts, drawing up definitive lists or  stocking up for this video. In other words, if I missed your favourite ingredient, don't be » Read More

10 Must-Have Malaysian Pantry Ingredients

Print PDF 'Must have' in the sense that they're what I would personally get if I were limited to only 10 items - again, depending on your own (Malaysian) cultural upbringing, you might have a vastly different list to mine. Will elaborate on these another time along with suitable recipes. As mentioned in a previous post, when hunting down » Read More