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10 Ways To Use Malaysian Ikan Bilis In Your Cooking

Ikan bilis, aka dried anchovies, is so highly-prized among overseas Malaysians that my stepmom makes a point of using her entire luggage allowance on ikan bilis each time she comes home from a visit to Malaysia. (I’m aware » Read More

10 Ways The Thermomix Is Great For Asian Cooking

In all the years I’ve cooked Live On Air, I’ve elicited more comments about the Thermomix TM5 behind me than all my other kitchen gadgets and utensils put together. I usually brush these off by telling my audience that it’s » Read More

How To Cook Chilli Mud Crab

N.B. Please note that I've switched email providers so the link to sign up  for recipes as displayed in the video is now expired. Please join my regular mailing list (there's a subscribe form at the bottom of this post to do » Read More

How To Cook Crispy Noodles With Sauce

You may have come across a number of different iterations of crispy noodles depending on the type of Asian restaurant you frequent; in this Lockdown Malaysian Cook-Along (yes, I'll explain in a bit) I made 2 different » Read More

How To Cook Pandan Chicken Curry & Pandan Rice

As someone who's run a Malaysian food business for decades, I'm always trying to strike a balance between maintaining "authentic" flavours while cutting down on time spent in the kitchen (thanks to labour costs and staff » Read More

Nasi Lemak-Udek-Campur-Kandar-Tumpang-Tumpeng – Part 1

Remember that time Australian cooking show Good Chef Bad Chef did a segment on how to make Nasi Lemak (steamed coconut rice with condiments, and what some would argue is Malaysia's national dish), and then proceeded to cook » Read More

How To Use The Keep Warm Setting On Your Cooker For Sous Vide Cooking

I mentioned in the past that the keep warm setting on your electric cooker - eg. your rice cooker, slow cooker or Instant Pot - could theoretically be used if you're too cheap (I'm kidding) for a sous vide unit. I had the » Read More

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Tourism Malaysia Australia Partners with Jackie M for Street Food Journeys: Malaysia

MEDIA RELEASE 16 April 2021 Tourism Malaysia Australia Partners with Jackie M for Street Food Journeys: Malaysia Tourism Malaysia Australia is delighted to partner with Malaysian-born, Sydney-based hawker food expert Jackie M. to produce an 8-part » Read More

Malaysian Heritage Cuisine and THAT Eggplant Sambal

It was the morning of LAUNCH DAY - the culmination of months of planning, meetings, negotiations (some more intense than others) - and I woke up to a message from my one remaining volunteer (the previous one backed out a couple of days prior) to say she » Read More

MAFI Partners with Masters of Malaysian Cuisine to Promote Malaysian Ingredients to the World

MEDIA RELEASE  15 March 2021 MAFI Partners with Masters of Malaysian Cuisine to Promote Malaysian Ingredients to the World The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries of Malaysia (MAFI) will partner with the Masters of Malaysian Cuisine group » Read More

Evolution of Curries in Australia – My Southeast Asian Perspective

When I first arrived in Australia in 1984 my experience of curries in this country consisted of North Indian-style yoghurt-based varieties and those starchy-looking sliced onion-dense yellow dishes from suburban Chinese restaurants. I was surprised » Read More

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