How to Make Hainanese Bread

Hainanese bread was something we grew up eating at the kopitiam (coffee shop) on the top floor of the wet market in my hometown of Seremban (Pasar Besar Seremban, which incidentally burned down quite recently). It was tall and fluffy with a texture I haven’t been able to find among the myriad varieties of bread here in Australia, and it was » Read More

How to Make Sweet Potato Onde-Onde and Black Sesame Paste Dessert

Fair warning - the audio in this Live Asian Kitchen is badly out of sync. I only realised because I had to force myself to watch the replay so I could remember the ingredient amounts for these recipes (fun fact - I have a general phobia about watching myself on camera). Sweet Potato Onde-Onde INGREDIENTS: 200g steamed & mashed » Read More

How to Make Chilli Sauce for Dim Sums

This post relates to my broadcast that covered 2 dishes - chilli crab, and the chilli sauce typically served at Chinese restaurants for Yum Cha. Chilli Sauce for Dumplings (1 hr 16 mins into video) INGREDIENTS: 2 cups large chillies 5 cloves garlic 1 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp sugar ½ Tbsp salt Cooled, boiled water (if » Read More

How to Cook Crispy Kai Lan (Airfryer), Sambal Prawns & Butter Prawns

This was one of my favourite broadcasts on Twitch so far - great crowd and fabulous conversation. A troll came and left pretty quickly when the usual insults about my food were so lame I threw some sympathy laughs his way. I should send him a copy of Trolling for Dummies, if ever I get around to writing and publishing it. If you’ve been meaning » Read More

How to Make Baked Asian Cheese Tarts

#TelstraFail Season 2 Episode 4 (Final) - after two days of back-and-forths with Netgear, the manufacturer of the modem connected to my Telstra service, I was told that it was definitely a faulty modem. Good news was that Netgear said they would replace it; bad news was that I had to go through Telstra. Hell would have to freeze over before I » Read More

How to Make Laksam

No, it’s not a typo - Laksam is indeed a different dish to the (I would hope) universally-known Laksa. I could be totally off the mark but I think I read somewhere that the etymology of the word is “laksa” plus “asam”, in other words, sour laksa. Having said that, the defining feature of Laksam is the use of steamed rice flour rolls instead of » Read More

How to Make Vegan Sui Gow (Chinese Dumplings)

This, folks, is how you do Vegan Asian right. I made this up on the fly and it was so good it got the thumbs-up from my stridently non-vegetarian guest. Not to mention baby Noah who, if you watch the video below, stole and munched on two of the as-yet-uncooked dumplings when I wasn’t looking. Vegan Sui Gow INGREDIENTS: 250g hard tofu - » Read More

How to Cook Steamed Fish with Preserved Vegetables

I don’t know if it’s the Chinese in me that makes me especially partial towards steamed fish (steamed most things, as a matter of fact) but even if you’re more used to having your fish battered and fried, do give these recipes a shot. They’re quick, flavoursome, easy to make, and  kind to your waistline (I promise). Steamed Silver Perch with » Read More

How to Make Laksa Kelantan

This is definitely a keeper; I’d only eaten it once before, during a short trip to Kelantan a couple of years ago. I made a tweak in the type of fish used (as is often the case, what passes for cheap and readily available in Malaysia isn’t always the case here in Australia), and I also suggested using whatever herbs you can find at your local » Read More

How to Make Har Meen (Malaysian Prawn Noodle Soup)

I know, I’ve done a couple of videos on this in the past; this I think was the first live broadcast where I didn’t just make the stock or paste, but also followed the recipe through to completion (ie. with noodles etc.). I know the broth looks a lot more cloudy than if the stock was made with whole prawn shells; trust me, it tastes much more » Read More