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 milk. If you don't have any crushed soy beans sitting around that would otherwise be thrown out, you could easily use diced » 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 be pretty easy and quick to do. It's also "accidentally vegan" - in other words, without needing any tweaking or compromises » Read More

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, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei in collective outrage. (In case you've no idea what I'm talking about, » 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 Malaysian version of the show. Chef Jo is a disarmingly humble and soft-spoken man, and he » 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 variety is mind-boggling and the quality is usually top-notch. I had the chance to visit Federal » 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 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

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 horror story to tell, get in touch!). Anyhow she mentioned that the highlight of her visit to Thailand had been these amazing » 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