Who Are You??

I hate carrying on about my "accomplishments", not because I'm sooo modest (I'm not), but because I honestly get bored doing it; my sister reminded me recently about how I didn't even bother attending my graduation ceremony at Sydney University 27 years ago because I didn't want to spend money hiring a ridiculous graduation gown, so I asked them to » Read More

Wok Around Asia – Asian Cooking Mastery With Jackie M.

Folks, I'm excited to announce the imminent launch of Wok Around Asia - my online Asian Cooking Mastery coaching programme that I've been working on for months. Many of you know me through my restaurant, the Orange Grove Farmers' Market and the Hyde Park Night Noodle Markets (and all the other online and TV stuff), but my formative years in food » Read More

Singapore Ranked #1 For Best Street Food; Singaporeans Wonder Why

Another week, another hilarious error of culinary judgement by people who clearly have no right to be paid for their food “expertise”. We all remember the legendary “crispy rendang” episode of MasterChef UK, where the judges eliminated Malaysian contestant Zaleha Olpin because her chicken rendang skin wasn’t crispy (which is like giving your » Read More

Japanese Cooking Classes In Japan

If ever you've wondered why I don't post Japanese recipes, that would be because I don't cook Japanese food (I love eating it though).  Which is why I adore the concept behind airKitchen, a service that provides foreign travellers with a chance to visit an ordinary Japanese family, learn to cook from the host, then sit down for meal at the end of » Read More

7 Lessons From 7 Years Of Live Cooking Videos

It’s easy for me to keep track of how long I’ve been doing live videos — I started right after Noah was born. I had just given birth via emergency caesarean and was still recovering at Westmead Hospital when an email from Google Australia showed up in my inbox. Google wanted to set up a meeting with me about their soon-to-be-launched new » 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