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 share of accolades and criticisms about my own food over the last 27 years. I generally » Read More

Food Fame – Ken Burgin of Profitable Hospitality

Ken Burgin of popular food podcast, Profitable Hospitality, was the founder of the iconic and wildly successful Cafe Troppo on Glebe Point Road in Sydney before he ventured into food consulting. As it turns out, we have more in common than food entrepreneurship; we both studied at Sydney University and also, I’m pretty sure one of my old » Read More

Lenovo Smart Display for Hands-Free Cooking

(Disclosure: I received this device to review as a member of the Lenovo INsiders Program. All opinions are my own.) A few weeks ago, I was sent a Lenovo Smart Display to evaluate. Never having owned any smart devices before, I wasn’t sure what to expect and how much use I’d get out of it. As a point of comparison, if you’re familiar with » Read More

Food Fame – Auria Abraham, AKA New York’s Sambal Lady

You know a Malaysian product is good when even Malaysians rave about it. I'd heard about Auria's Malaysian Kitchen's famous sambal, but did not at first realise The Sambal Lady and I had a lot in common. First of all, Auria and I both went to the same high school back in Malaysia - Convent Seremban - she was in the year below me, though I’m » Read More

Damansara – Crowdfunding San Francisco’s First Laksa Bar

As an ex-Malaysian based in San Francisco, Tracy Goh of EatWithTracy.com has been introducing Americans to authentic Malaysian food since 2012 through her pop-up events. I love how she has her Instagram strategy really dialled in via beautiful photos and great engagement (basically everything I know I should be doing but don't), and her » Read More

Ya-Malaysia – Chatswood Interchange

I love hearing about new Malaysian restaurants because I’m tired of people never having experienced Malaysian food or getting it confused for Thai, Indonesian or Mongolian (yep) cuisine. (Don’t even get me started on Crispy Rendang-gate.) Anyhow thanks to the champion networking skills of my long-time collaborator Alexx of MyBlueTea.com.au, I » Read More

Review: Portal Cafe @ 1 Martin Place

If you're in Sydney's CBD and looking for great food in a creative space with free WiFi, check out Portal Cafe, located on the mezzanine level at 1 Martin Place. I had the opportunity to visit the venue last week, and was struck by the freshness of the ingredients and the beautiful flavour combinations in the salad I ordered. The pumpkin soup » Read More

Food Fame – Facebook Group

Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash Attention: Food Entrepreneurs Want to know how many people I speak to who struggle to stand out in their food business despite the long hours and hard work they put in? Answer: Lots. They so deserve to be rewarded for their incredible talent in the kitchen. But without expensive » Read More

Concord Hospital Market Is Back; Also, My New Kitchen

Concord Hospital Market, which was disrupted for months due to construction work at the site, has now officially resumed; I'm back on the green at lunchtime on Thursdays if you happen to be in the area; details per below - Where: Concord Hospital, Entry via Gate 2 on Hospital Road When: Thursdays 11am-2pm What: Jackie M's Char Kway Teow » Read More

Letter To A Student In China

Awhile back, I was contacted online by a Chinese student who wanted to tell Noah's story as part of a school assignment. I'm resharing my letter here because I'm a big fan of repurposing content, plus it's a good opportunity for me to point my audience to my other website - babyNoah.com.au - which is where I'll write more about this aspect of my » Read More