Matching Australian Wines With Asian Food

I was recently sent a box of Australian wines courtesy of Wine Selectors, a wine subscription company which sells wine from over 500 Australian producers, of bronze medal standard or higher. The pack I received was from their Australia’s First Families of Wine Favourites Mixed Collection, and this has given me the perfect opportunity to » Read More

#2166 – One Postcode, Three Food Destinations

Most people don’t know that my first few years in Australia were spent in Cabramatta and its surrounds. As new migrants in 1984, my parents couldn’t afford to live in the more upscale northwestern suburbs, where most Malaysians seem to congregate, so we ended up in postcode 2166 - Cabramatta, Canley Vale and Canley Heights. The insolent teen in » Read More

SatéBoyz Giveaways and Me Oi Vietnamese Restaurant

You’ve heard me say that many Asian ingredients go by different names in different countries (I’m assuming you watch my Live Asian Kitchen religiously; if not, why not). The reverse is also true - some ingredients with the same name actually mean different things in different countries. This is one example - Vietnamese Saté Sauce - which is a » Read More

How to Cook Vietnamese Barbecue Prawns with Papaya Salad – Asian BBQ Series

This Vietnamese-inspired barbecue prawn dish is served on a bed of shredded green papaya, but young mango would work just as well, and would add a nice tangy note to the dish. In the absence of either, I would suggest thinly shredded cabbage. Adapted from Luke Nguyen's "Indochine". INGREDIENTS: 600g prawns, peeled 2 Tbsps oyster sauce 1 » Read More

How to Cook Vietnamese Beef and Lemongrass Skewers (Nem Lui Xa) – Asian BBQ Series

This is the second in my series of Asian BBQ Recipes developed around my 3-burner Ziggy barbecue unit, and it's adapted from Luke Nguyen's "Indochine". INGREDIENTS: (A) 600g minced beef 200g minced chicken 4 Tbsp minced garlic 1 Tbsp minced lemongrass 2 tsps sugar 1 tsp pepper 1 Tbsp fish sauce 1 tsp chicken » Read More

How to Cook Vietnamese Caramelised Fish

Vietnamese Caramelised Fish is traditionally cooked in a claypot, and usually served in conjunction with Sweet and Sour Fish Stew, along with white rice. Both recipes are covered in this Live Asian Kitchen, streamed on Twitch. Vietnamese Caramelised Fish INGREDIENTS: 500g barramundi fillets Oil for pan-frying 2 Tbsps sugar 3 Tbsps » Read More

How to Cook Beef Noodle Soup

Most people are familiar with Vietnamese Beef Pho, but what’s less well-known is that we similarly grew up with our own version of beef noodle soup back in Malaysia. I sort of split the difference in this broadcast where I retained the use of hearty chunks of beef brisket found in the Malaysian version, but seasoned the soup with some of the » Read More

How to Cook Thin Egg Noodles 2 Different Ways

This post was originally written to correlate with a different broadcast covering crispy noodles and fried wontons, and it contained the corresponding video embedded from Twitch. I found out a couple of weeks ago that Twitch videos are automatically archived after 2 months, which meant the original video would have been non-playable after that » Read More

How to Make Vietnamese Banh Xeo and Bo La Lot

I had just come away from what was the best tasting Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake) I’d ever had, at Ngoc An Restaurant in Cabramatta, so I was inspired to attempt it in this broadcast. The two standout features of the dish from Ngoc An were that it was extra crispy, and had a dominant coconut flavour. This first attempt sadly replicated neither, » Read More