How to Cook Pineapple Fried Rice

I know it might sound like I’m trying to get more plays on this pineapple fried rice video, but in all honesty, short of having me look over your shoulder and directing as you cook, your best hope in learning how to do fried rice (and many other Asian dishes, for that matter) lies not in reading the recipe but in watching how it’s done - The » Read More

How to Make Thai Crispy Fish and Apple Salad

I was inspired to attempt this dish after sampling Fresh Crispy Snapper + Mango Salad at Lao-Thai eatery Holy Basil in Canley Heights recently. The footnote in the menu said that when out of season, they substitute green mango with apple, which I thought was a brilliant idea since not many greengrocers outside of postcode 2166 (Cabramatta, Canley » Read More

How to Make Thai Crab Cakes

When I was staying at Shangri-La Chiang Mai, Thailand, I was taught a number of dishes that were exclusively served to the Thai royal household. (Playlist for these videos can be found here - Jackie M's Northern Thai Recipes) I was sufficiently intrigued therefore, when I came across a recipe for Royal Thai crabcakes at  www.panningtheglobe.com, » 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 Thai Sakoo Sai Moo

Sakoo Sai Moo a.k.a. Savoury Tapioca Balls Sakoo Sai Moo is a snack traditionally served on special occasions to the Thai monarch. This was one of three royal Thai dishes I had the privilege to learn during my stay at Shangri-La Chiang Mai. INGREDIENTS: 200 g Small sago 100 g Fresh coconut milk 100 g Water Filling - 300 g Meat, » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 5

Day 4 and I’m acutely aware that time is running out for us to visit this region’s famous attractions. It’s Sunday and temperatures are expected to soar (I’m told they hit 45°C yesterday). Baby Noah is back to his normal, happy self but the beautiful hotel pool beckons along with the prospect of travelling far distances in the searing heat.  I » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 4

Day Three and baby Noah is chirpier now that he’s getting a good supply of fresh mango juice, but he’s still a little lethargic. We’re in this remote part of Southeast Asia and the elephant sanctuary, the famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple up in the hills and the long necked mountain tribes are all on my wish list but they all involve day trips » Read More

How to Make Thai Khao Kriab Pak Moh

Thai Khao Kriab Pak Moh aka Steamed Rice Skin Dumplings An elegant Thai royal delicacy made with rice flour batter and a chicken and prawn filling, Khao Kriab Pak Moh , taught by Chef Wassana at Shangri-La Chiang Mai. The folds in the dumpling are created by deftly lifting the steamed batter with a spatula and swirling it over the » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 3

We have a busy schedule on our first morning in Chiang Mai. Breakfast at the Shangri-La Club Lounge is exquisite, with red curry beef and cooked-to-order Thai omelette as the highlights. Noah, still refusing drinks, is more interested in looking out the window at the swimming pool downstairs. We need to shop for ingredients for the » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 2

We land at Chiang Mai and the isolation of this city, 700 kms north of Bangkok, is immediately palpable as we take in the high mountains and vast green fields that surround the airport. Heading to our hotel, I manage to communicate with ease with Shangri-La Chiang Mai’s limousine driver, and my concerns about language barriers is alleviated. » Read More