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Steamed Minced Beef with Rice (Yum Cha Recipe)

Steamed minced beef with rice is one of those dishes I no longer see at yum cha, but I remember it quite well from my weekends as a trolley pusher plus kitchenhand at Choy’s Inn restaurant in Chinatown.  The beef » Read More

How To Make Vegan Spicy Sweet Potato Dumplings (Cucur Badak)

Cucur Badak is a fried sweet potato dumpling typically filled with a spicy minced dried shrimp and coconut filling. I recently created a vegan version of it using crushed soy beans left over from making tofu pudding and soy » Read More

How To Make Tofu Pudding (Taufu Fa)

Taufu Fa (ie. Tofu Pudding) is a simple Chinese dessert (usually served warm) that's a favourite of many Malaysians. It wasn't until fairly recently though, that I started making it from scratch at home, and I've found it to » Read More

How To Make Vegan Fried Spicy Cashew Nuts

I first heard about spicy fried cashew nuts from the People With Disability advocate who helped me file Noah’s NDIS review (I’ll write all about the failings of the NDIS on a separate platform - if you have your own NDIS » Read More

How To Make Vegan Kaya II

This was my second attempt at a vegan version of Kaya; the first time around, I used mashed taro (=> https://jackiem.com.au/2017/02/23/make-vegan-kaya-onde-onde/ ), which basically tasted like sweetened mashed taro. Nice, » Read More

How to Make Vegan Durian-Filled Puffs

I’ve probably said this before but we Malaysians tend to be durian snobs - those of us living overseas buy frozen Thai Mornthong durian out of necessity and desperation because they’re cheap and readily available - and then » Read More

How To Make Vegan Acar (Spicy Pickles)

This is the same acar recipe (mixed vegetable pickle with crushed roasted peanuts and sesame seeds) that I used for my restaurant except for the omission of shrimp paste (belacan) in order to make it vegan. Please note my » Read More

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Food Fame – Zaleha Olpin of Crispy Rendang-gate

Crispy Rendang Story by Says.com When news broke that a Malaysian contestant was eliminated from MasterChef UK because the judges faulted her chicken rendang for not being crispy, it had the rare effect of uniting the populations of Malaysia, » Read More

Food Fame – MasterChef Malaysia Judge, Chef Jo

Chef Jo of MasterChef Malaysia I’ve never watched reality cooking shows but I always imagined that MasterChef judges would be aloof and, frankly, a bit full of themselves. That was until I met Johari Edrus (aka Chef Jo), the main judge in the » Read More

Kontiki Restaurant @ Federal Hotel KL

Har Meen (Prawn Noodle Soup) I always tell new travellers to Malaysia that the best way to experience Malaysian food in all its glorious iterations and in air conditioned-comfort, is via the in-house restaurant buffets at international hotels. The » Read More

Why My Food Is Not “Authentic”, And Why I Don’t Care

One of the measures of whether a restaurant’s food is good is whether it’s “authentic” — a term that’s a particular favourite of armchair food critics the world over. Now, as a former Malaysian restaurateur and professional cook, I’ve received my fair » Read More

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