How to Make Beef Meatballs

Asian (or more specifically, Chinese) meatballs are rated on how “bouncy” they are when you bite into them, so they’re very different to the meatballs you get at Ikea. The traditional way to make meatballs (ie. beef balls, pork balls, chicken balls, fish balls etc. etc.) is to mince the meat very finely, season it, add some tapioca or cornstarch, » Read More

How to Make Congee with Leftover Rice

First up, apologies for the bad audio in this video - I didn’t have my mic plugged in and this was made using an old Acer laptop. Congee, aka Chinese porridge, is an iconic breakfast dish popular in many parts of Asia. Next time you stay at a Malaysian or Thai hotel, keep an eye out for it at the breakfast buffet. This is a quick and simple way » Read More

How to Make Sweet Potato Doughnuts (Kuih Keria)

Summer Fruit Festival Recipe #1 INGREDIENTS: For the dough - 500g purple sweet potato, cut into chunks, steamed and peeled ½ tsp salt 4 Tbsp plain flour 1 Tbsp tapioca flour Sugar syrup - 5 Tbsp sugar 3 Tbsp water Oil for deep-frying METHOD: Combine dough ingredients in mixer and knead for 1 minute at » Read More

Spiral Curry Puffs using a Thermomix

One of the benefits of making dough in the Thermomix, for me, is its ability to handle small-ish batches and also contain the flour and other ingredients within its closed system during kneading. It means you don't end up with your kitchen bench covered with flour, which was always a source of annoyance with my old Kenwood. This recipe will yield » Read More

Street Food Recommendations For Your Next Trip to Malaysia

I regularly get asked about eating recommendations in Malaysia and last week was no exception. My journalist friend Steph emailed me to say she was planning to travel through Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Ipoh and Penang (among other places) in May and asked if I could suggest people and food she should look up. She will be travelling alone and is » 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

How to Make Bubur Cha Cha

Bubur Cha Cha a.k.a. Sweet Potato and Taro Cubes in Coconut Sauce This is one of the street food dishes my stepmom used to make on a regular basis at home because it is so quick and delicious. I like using frozen taro, found in Asian supermarkets, for convenience. They’re already peeled, available year-round and generally work out cheaper than » Read More

How to Make Nasi Lemak – Part 2

Chilli Sambal Ingredients: 2 Tbsp oil, reserved from frying ikan bilis (anchovies) ¼ cup onion, puréed ¼ cup onion, thinly sliced ½ chicken stock granules ¼ cup sugar 1 Tbsp tamarind extract 2 tsp belacan (shrimp paste) granules ¼ cup chilli paste (made from blended, soaked dried chillies) Method: Heat oil in a » Read More

Who is Baby Noah?

I was recently approached about having baby Noah’s story featured online and to that end I was asked to provide a spiel to accompany his photos. Although I mostly post personal stories at my other blog - www.SerembanGirl.com - I thought I might reshare this here since Noah is such an integral part of my business. Some of you have followed » Read More

How to Cook Penang Mee Mamak

Print PDF Penang Mee Mamak, aka Mee Goreng, has its own nuances compared to the Mee Goreng I grew up with down in the southern part of Malaysia. Click here to watch on YouTube >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-WS9fGdSLA Subscribe for more Malaysian cooking videos - Youtube.com/JackieM Penang Mee Mamak typically uses thin » Read More