How to Cook Nyonya Kapitan Fish

Print PDF When I gave up my IT career back in 2002 to get into “this food thing” - as it’s disparagingly referred to by some in my family-  it wasn’t out of any altruistic reason so much as it was a way for me to recreate my memories of Malaysia through its food. A dozen years on, thanks in large part to no longer having to run a restaurant, » Read More

Malaysian Cooking De-Mystified on My YouTube Channel

Print PDF More than a year after I closed my Malaysian restaurant, and even after disconnecting my landlines and cancelling all call redirection services, I still get tracked down by determined diners trying to make table reservations. I also get a lot of enquiries about cooking classes – thanks to my busy schedule however, they’re » Read More

Recipe – How to Make Otak-Otak (Grilled Spicy Fish Cakes)

Print PDF Pretty much every time I post something, haterz (yes, with a "z") come out of the woodwork to complain about this or that aspect of my content, and I can't imagine this will be any different.  To pre-empt some of this, I'm going to come out and say the following about my Otak-Otak recipe - 1) I spent the first 17 1/2 years of my » Read More

How to Cook KL Hokkien Mee

Print PDF The great Malaysian north-south culinary divide comes into play with this dish, which I, as a Seremban-southerner grew up knowing simply as Hokkien Mee. It wasn't until many years after leaving Malaysia that I was made aware that Hokkien Mee in KL-Seremban meant something quite different to Hokkien Mee in the northern state of » Read More

How to Make Cendol

Print PDF There are lots of cendol recipes out there, but the technique, which usually involves scraping cooked batter through a colander, always meant I ended up with stumpy bits rather than green worms. This was until Johari, my fellow ex-Malaysian and glorified trolley pusher (as he himself described his then-job as a flight attendant) » Read More

How to Make Fried Noodles with Sauces – & The Silent Movie Hangout

Print PDF I feel the need to reiterate this because unlike my online followers, most of my "real world" customers still think "restaurant" and not much else when they think of me, despite my Concord establishment having closed for nearly a year now - but one of my many activities is to run regular Google Hangouts On Air. For the » Read More

How to Make Ipoh Sar Hor Fun; also M Boutique Hotel, Ipoh

Print PDF I've had Ipoh Sar Hor Fun back when I was growing up in Seremban, but I was more familiar with the "dry-style" ie. "kon-loh" version from this particular kopitiam in my hometown, as opposed to the soupy variety.  (Funnily enough I have yet to encounter the kon-loh version in Ipoh itself, so I'm not sure if it was an evolution of » Read More

How to Make Hakka Pan Mee

Print PDF As featured in my Hangout On Air - Noodles: Introduction First off, and I'm sure I've mentioned this in the early days with this blog - I write my recipes and post them on the fly; there's no "massaging" involved, so they're invariably going to be a bit rough.  Also, I cook based on the principle of "agak-agak" (Malay for » Read More

How to Make Squid with Butter & Evaporated Milk *As Seen On TV*

Print PDF As featured on Foxtel fishing show Hooked with Dave Butfield that just aired - Ingredients - 500g squid tubes, cleaned and cut into rings 4 Tbsp rice flour 1 cup oil (I use Carotino red palm oil) 2 Tbsp butter 2 tsp minced garlic 1-2 sprigs curry leaves 2 small (birds' eye) chillies, sliced pinch of pepper 1/2 » Read More

How to Make Onde-Onde

Print PDF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNYhekF4KSQ Onde-onde is one of those sweet snacks we all grew up loving but few of us ever bothered to learn how to make because it was so readily available. Here's my take on it, and as you'll see in this Google Hangout - all you need are 4 easily-obtainable ingredients. No exact measurements are » Read More