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

Your Own Successful Food Business

Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash Attention: Would-be Food Entrepreneurs Do you know how many people I speak to who dream about quitting the rat race to launch their own food venture, but are scared off by all the horror stories about failed businesses? Answer: Lots. They so want to break free from the 9-5, and » 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

New Stories, Bold Legends Podcast

Valerie Khoo, the curator of the City of Sydney’s Sydney Lunar Festival, has just released a 15-part podcast series called “New Stories, Bold Legends”. It features interviews with “leading Australians from the arts, fashion, business, science, politics and more” who celebrate the Lunar New Year. This includes the likes of brain surgeon Charlie » Read More

Australia Day At Yaralla Estate – Jackie M Pop-Up

Yaralla Estate groundsImage via www.slhd.nsw.gov.au If you've been craving my food over the long summer break, here's an opportunity to grab some of my Char Kway Teow and hand-rolled spiral curry puffs this coming Saturday evening. I'll be running my pop-up at Yaralla Estate in Concord, Sydney, to celebrate Australia Day. There will be free » Read More

Carols At Yaralla – Jackie M Pop-Up

I've been invited to cook my food at the Carols At Yaralla event coming up on Friday 7 December 2018; if you're in Sydney and located not too far away from the inner west, why not bring your family along for some Christmas carols and a bite to eat? At this stage, I'll likely be cooking Fried Radish Cake (aka Chai Tow Kway/Char Kway Kak), Char » Read More

29 Dishes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Penang

A Wok Around Asia Guide to Penang Food It’s a well-accepted fact that Malaysia produces some of the best street food in the world - however, different parts of Malaysia are famous for specific dishes, and Penang is no different. How do you know what to eat if you’re visiting Penang for just a few days?  Well, to help you decide, this is my » Read More

Epping Twilight Markets – Friday 9 November 2018

Just a quick announcement that I will be at the annual Epping Twilight Markets again this year; details as follows - Location: Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic School, Epping Entrance: Cambridge or Oxford Streets, Epping Date: Friday 9 November 2018 Time: 5 pm - 9 pm You can find out more about it » Read More

Taste of the World – Liverpool! Food Tour

It sounds crazy, but in the twenty years since my parents moved out Liverpool way (some 32 km from Sydney's CBD), we’ve never ventured out to eat at any of the restaurants there - nearby Cabramatta has always been our default for food and dining. I realised I’d be so lost if I were to find myself in the middle of Liverpool and feeling hungry, so I » Read More