Ginger Crisps – 9 Ways To Use Them In Your Dishes

Ginger is widely known for its health benefits, and most people would be familiar with using it to add flavour and aroma to their dishes. If you’re Malaysian like me, you probably use it regularly in curries, stews and in “tong sui” (sweet soup). I’d never tried consuming ginger as a crisp, however, until My Blue Tea sent me a jar of Borneo » Read More

Malaysian Jackfruit – 8 Suggestions On How To Use It

What does a Malaysian like me think of when I think of jackfruit? I think of a fully-ripened, golden-yellow, firm-fleshed super-sweet, delicious fruit - described elsewhere as something like a cross between a pineapple and a mango.  Watch here>> https://youtu.be/C1fXy6bl4UI So it came as quite a shock to me when I was alerted to Zoe » Read More

How To Use Malaysian Curry Powder

I grew up with Malaysian curry powder - we used it in all our cooking; not just in curries. It was (and still is) so much a part of my life that it took my own daughter, Becky, (yes, I do have a grown-up daughter who’s married with a kid, etc.) to make me appreciate its distinctive flavour.  Link to watch >> » Read More

12 Ways To Use Musang King Durian

Musang King durian is considered by many Malaysians as the king of durian varieties, with a flavour that's more potent and flesh that's firmer and richer than the frozen Thai durians that Australians might have encountered in the freezer section of their Asian supermarket. Nowadays, at least here in Sydney, we're pretty lucky that we can find » Read More

12 Ways To Use Chilli Sambal And Crispy Prawn Chilli In Your Cooking

  Most of you are too young to remember, but if you lived in Australia in the 80s like I did, you’d know how hard it was to find Malaysian ingredients anywhere. That was why I had to learn how to make everything myself when I wanted to indulge in my craving for Malaysian food. Nowadays though, you should be able to see quite a few » Read More

10 Ways To Use Malaysian Ikan Bilis (Dried Anchovies)

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 you can buy ikan bilis from other countries, but once you’ve tried the Malaysian variety you’ll realise there’s a world of » 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 really just a multi-function kitchen unit and that I mostly use it as a glorified food processor.  I do that partly because » Read More

How To Cook Chilli Mud Crab

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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 versions - one using vermicelli (aka rice sticks, depending on the brand), and one using fresh thin egg noodles (aka wonton » 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 Nasi Goreng (fried rice)?   When I shared it on social media, I found out many people didn’t even know what “Nasi” » Read More