How to Make Penang Ais Tingkap (Window Sherbet)

A Wok Around Asia Recipe By Penang Home Cooking School Ais tingkap got its name from a bygone era when Indian vendors would sell the drink from a window (tingkap means “window” in Malay; ais is “ice” as in “iced drink”); it’s a refreshing drink made with fascinating ingredients that I’ve never before incorporated into any of my cooking (malva nuts » Read More

Penang Food – What The Locals Eat (Part 1)

A Wok Around Asia Penang Food Guide It can be tough trying to navigate the food scene in Malaysia - even for someone like me who grew up there. Each town or city has its own food culture, and the best eats are not necessarily what you might find on Expedia or Yelp. That's why I strive, with Wok Around Asia, to meet up with locals and really get » Read More

How to Cook Spicy Chocolate Seafood Pasta

A Wok Around Asia Recipe Courtesy of Symphony By Chef Jo Masterchef Malaysia judge Chef Jo's restaurant, Symphony by Chef Jo in Kuala Lumpur's DC Mall, serves what he describes as "eclectic cuisine" -  he draws inspiration from food and flavours from around the world to produce a menu with intriguing-sounding items like Spicy Chocolate Seafood » Read More

How to Make Khmer Red Ant Beef Salad

A Wok Around Asia Recipe by Chef Chanrith Van of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort I can legitimately say that I’ve never looked at an ant (red or otherwise) and wondered what it would taste like. Nonetheless, I wasn’t about to pass up an opportunity to try it during my visit to Siem Reap, where it was served as part of a carpaccio-like rare » Read More

How to Cook Khmer Seafood Amok

A Wok Around Asia Recipe by Chef Chanrith Van of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort I knew very little about Khmer food prior to Siem Reap, but I had heard of Amok, a strong contender for the title of Cambodia’s national dish. I was also vaguely aware of some lively online debates as to what constitutes an authentic amok. Chef Chanrith Van » Read More

The Blue Flower Party That Almost Wasn’t

“Can you talk?” Phone in one hand, luggage and baby Noah in the other, I typed those words and hit Send from the immigration line at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Almost immediately my Note 8 started ringing in response.   All around me were signs that said “No Phone Use Allowed”, but desperate times called for desperate measures. I » Read More

How to Make Kuih Ketayap (Coconut-Filled Crepes)

Kuih Ketayap - A Wok Around Asia Recipe courtesy of Parkroyal Penang Resort Kuih Ketayap, also known as Kuih Dadar in my part of Malaysia, is a popular teatime snack which consists of pandan-infused crepes rolled with a coconut and palm sugar filling. It's an easy recipe to attempt, and the ingredients should be readily available at any » Read More

10 Cambodian Foods That Will Make You Fall In Love With Khmer Cooking

It was my first morning in Siem Reap, on my first ever trip to Cambodia. I knew no-one except a handful of staff I’d met the evening before at the hotel. I couldn’t speak one word of Khmer, and I was still trying to wrap my head around the local currency - I had converted my Aussie dollars into Cambodian riels but was pondering if I should have » Read More

Jom Makan! Wok Around Asia Street Food Masterminds

Back when I was asked to run some cooking classes at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Penang, a local food blogger, Ken from KenHuntFood.com, showed up with a takeaway pack of Chee Cheong Fun for me to sample. That gesture has stuck with me, not just for the Chee Cheong Fun, which tasted delicious, but because it encapsulated the » Read More

Wok Around Asia – Dec 2017 – Jan 2018

I'm excited to announce my latest online project - Wok Around Asia - which will give me an opportunity to return to Southeast Asia after a three-year break (I know many people think I'm there every couple of months, but that's because I constantly reshare my past content on social media). I'm going to be shooting videos, researching new recipes, » Read More