How to Make Laksam

No, it’s not a typo - Laksam is indeed a different dish to the (I would hope) universally-known Laksa. I could be totally off the mark but I think I read somewhere that the etymology of the word is “laksa” plus “asam”, in other words, sour laksa. Having said that, the defining feature of Laksam is the use of steamed rice flour rolls instead of » Read More

How to Make Vegan Rice Noodle Rolls (aka Chee Cheong Fun)

I’m not the best ambassador for vegan cooking, because in all honesty while I like the creative challenge of replicating meat dishes using vegan ingredients, it doesn’t mean I want to eat the food at the end of my broadcast. This dish however, is different, because it’s accidentally vegan, not manipulated and contorted to fit a vegan diet. It’s » Read More

How to Make Laksa Kelantan

This is definitely a keeper; I’d only eaten it once before, during a short trip to Kelantan a couple of years ago. I made a tweak in the type of fish used (as is often the case, what passes for cheap and readily available in Malaysia isn’t always the case here in Australia), and I also suggested using whatever herbs you can find at your local » Read More

How to Make Har Meen (Malaysian Prawn Noodle Soup)

I know, I’ve done a couple of videos on this in the past; this I think was the first live broadcast where I didn’t just make the stock or paste, but also followed the recipe through to completion (ie. with noodles etc.). I know the broth looks a lot more cloudy than if the stock was made with whole prawn shells; trust me, it tastes much more » Read More

How to Make Bo La Lot (Wild Pepper Leaf Beef Rolls)

This was the Nerd Raid episode. Nope, I’d never heard of it either. I’m not sure how much of it showed through via my reactions on video but this was what happened. Right in the middle of my broadcast, my Twitch chat room suddenly got hit with a high level of activity (it’s usually more like Tumbleweedville - yes it’s tough going when you embark » Read More

How to Cook Cantonese Beef Noodles (Kon Chau Ngau Hor)

A glitch-free broadcast at last - save for the fact that my Twitch chat moderator lost track of the time and forgot to catch the show, so I had nobody to moderate the comments. Everybody in the chat room was very civil so no worries there, though to be honest I sometimes itch for a fight with trolls just to keep things interesting. It’s an » Read More

How to Make Hakka Pan Mee and Garlic Chilli Sauce

My second week on Twitch wrapped up with my first ever live in-studio guest - makeup artist extraordinaire Tania Strange - who had been trying to pressure Masterchef alumni Alvin Quah and myself to join her in a karaoke sing-off for years. Appearing on Twitch was, I guess, her consolation prize (or punishment, as may be the case). I knew very » Read More

How to Make Penang Hokkien Mee Paste & Crispy Fried Shallots

Twitch livestream #4 was a case of 2 steps forward, one step back. I introduced an overlay which helped clean up my screen layout, and also decided to zoom in the camera so my work area is cropped out and it doesn’t look like I’m broadcasting from the middle of a warzone. I also decided to switch back to my original microphone - remember the one » Read More

How to Make Penang Assam Laksa and Lai Fun (Rice Spaghetti)

Twitch broadcast #3 and yes, I know it looks like my studio suffered a bomb blast right before I went On Air. To be fair, I was just trying to follow advice to take it easy and make everything from scratch - live streaming on Twitch is all about inviting your buddies to virtually hang out with you in your kitchen, not, they say, a formal, » Read More

How to Cook Wonton Noodles and Chicken Char Siew, Plus My First Twitch Troll

My second Twitch.tv livestream covered one of the more popular menu items from my Orange Grove Market days - wonton (aka sui gow) noodles with chicken char siew - I’m still tweaking my broadcasts, so I appreciate your patience re: screen layouts, audio, etc. etc. You’ll notice in this second livestream that I’ve tried to make it more » Read More