Winner Announcement – Froothie’s $1000 Appliance Giveaway

I am so happy to announce that we have a winner for the Froothie Giveaway from my Southeast Asian Live Cooking Series. Congratulations to Kathy Gilkes of Queensland, who’s won an Optimum Thermocook valued at $1000! Here’s a picture of the Thermocook that she shared on Facebook - Kathy has been busy and in her first day of using it, she’s » Read More

How to Make Laksa Nyonya (Thermocook Method)

Here is the recipe and replay of Episode 4 of the Southeast Asian Cooking Masterclass Series – Recipe - Laksa Nyonya INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup onion, quartered 6 garlic cloves 1 inch galangal 1 inch turmeric 1/2 Tbsp belacan powder 4 Tbsp soaked dried shrimp 2 inch length of lemongrass 1/2 cup chilli paste (from soaked, » Read More

How to Make Otak-Otak (Thermocook Method)

Here is the recipe and replay of Episode 3 of the Southeast Asian Cooking Masterclass Series - Recipe - Otak-Otak (Grilled Spicy Fishcakes) INGREDIENTS: 300 g fish fillets (eg. mackerel, red fish or basa) 2 Tbsp iced water 1 Tbsp tapioca flour Dash of pepper 1 Tbsp sugar 1⁄2 Tbsp chicken stock granules* 1 1⁄2 tsp » Read More

How to Make Malaysian Chicken Curry (Thermocook Method)

Here is the recipe and replay of Episode 2 of the Southeast Asian Cooking Masterclass Series - Recipe - Malaysian Chicken Curry INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 large onion 5 garlic cloves ½ inch knob ginger 1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 3-inch chunks 3 Tbsp Malaysian meat curry powder**, mixed to a paste with a little » Read More

How to Make Sambal Belacan and Serunding (Thermocook Method)

Here are the recipes and replay of Episode 1 of the Southeast Asian Cooking Masterclass Series - Recipe 1 - Sambal Belacan INGREDIENTS: 2 large onions 1 Tbsp chicken stock granules* 75 ml Fish sauce 2 Tbsp Belacan (shrimp paste) powder** 1 Tbsp crushed dried chillies 200g large red chillies 150 ml vegetable oil 2 » Read More

Thermocook vs Thermomix – A Comparison

I don’t think there’s any doubt the Thermomix is like the Mercedes Benz of kitchen aids; it works beautifully and having one in your kitchen is a bit of a status symbol (admit it). Yet with a slew of similar kitchen aids emerging in recent times, and as the only person I know who owns both a Thermomix TM5 AND a competing product, an Optimum » Read More

How to Make Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)

I wanted an aioli-type sauce to go with my slow-roasted beef (probably only the second time in my life I've done a beef roast) but I found the recipes online mostly used one sad, solitary clove of garlic, which just sounded wrong to a garlic lover like myself. I then remembered how much I've always enjoyed the garlic sauce that comes with the » Read More

How to Make Seremban Chicken Siew Pao

This is a famous snack from my Malaysian hometown of Seremban and in this recipe I'm using chicken mince as the filling. These instructions work on a Thermocook or a Thermomix, but in their absence you can use a dough mixer for the dough and a saucepan + stove for the filling. Seremban Chicken Siew Pao (Baked Chicken Buns) » Read More

How to Make Kaya (Thermocook)

This recipe will work in a Thermocook or a Thermomix using the same settings. (ps. you might know by now my recipes are based on my culinary philosophy of "agak-agak" or "guesstimating", so adapt as you see fit with similar kitchen appliances). For a non-appliance dependent recipe, please check out my previous post - How to Make Kaya » Read More

How to Make Cocktail Buns (Using a Thermocook)

Cocktail buns are soft rolls filled with coconut and can often be found at Chinese bun shops. This recipe takes advantage of my Thermocook's kneading and heating functions which allow  me to set exact temperatures to first make the water roux, then knead the dough and also mix and heat the filling for me. In the absence of a Thermocook or similar » Read More