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, 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 passion and pride that Penangites hold for their food.

I’ve also come to realise that local crowdsourcing is a much more efficient way to sample the best street food that each destination has to offer.

You see, one of the most frustrating aspects of my past hunts for Southeast Asia’s good eats, was the hours and days spent trying to track down famous hawker stalls when you’re on a deadline. Sadly, not all stalls have clear – or, sometimes, any – signage, plus there were occasions when I showed up only to find they were shut for the day, or they’d sold out of their signature dish, etc.

Thanks to Ken’s initiative, I’ve decided to run street food masterminds as part of my Wok Around Asia web series.

I’ll be travelling to Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Siem Reap, and at each location, I plan to meet up with groups of foodies, bloggers and chefs, and get them to bring their favourite street food from their favourite hawker stalls for us to sample, discuss and most importantly, educate you on where you can buy them.

All this will be captured on video and shared on my digital platforms.

If you know someone who would be interested in joining these gatherings – I’m calling them the Jackie M – Jom Makan! (Malay: let’s eat) masterminds – please get in touch; places are limited, so don’t wait until it’s too late!

The schedule at this stage is –

Penang – Saturday 13 January 10.00am – 12.30pm
Kuala Lumpur – Wednesday 17 January – Evening
Siem Reap – tba (I’m there 19-24 January)

Here’s a copy of my press release about this event (feel free to share it with your network) >>

Wok Around Asia is a project by Jackie M in partnership with Tourism Malaysia.

It is supported by:

  • Penang Global Travel
  • Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap
  • Parkroyal Penang Resort.

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