How to Make Cucumber and Garlic Salad

I’ve had this a number of times at restaurants serving Shanghai food here in Sydney, and this is my own quick variation on it. Cucumber and Garlic Salad Recipe INGREDIENTS: 2 cucumbers, cut into chunks and slightly crushed 5 garlic cloves, minced 3 bird’s eye chillies, sliced ¼ cup vinegar (pref. black vinegar) or juice from ½ a » Read More

How to Cook Curry Using Only Dried Ingredients

In this broadcast I showed how to shop for and use dried ingredients for curry recipes. Please note the general rule of thumb is to halve the dried ingredients when substituting for fresh, but often you would need quite a lot less than that, as you can see in my video. INGREDIENTS: 1 kg meat (I’m using chicken legs) ½ cup fried » Read More

How to Make Chilli and Eggplant Relish

Summer Fruit Festival Recipe #2 - Chilli and Eggplant Relish Chilli and Eggplant Relish Recipe INGREDIENTS: 1/2 eggplant 5 banana chillies 6 cloves garlic 1/2 tsp salt 3 Tbsp olive oil METHOD: Prick surface of eggplant with a fork, then roast along with chillies for 40 minutes at 230°C. Remove skin on all vegetables » Read More

How to Make Sambal Belacan and Serunding (Thermocook Method)

Here are the recipes and replay of Episode 1 of the Southeast Asian Cooking Masterclass Series - Recipe 1 - Sambal Belacan INGREDIENTS: 2 large onions 1 Tbsp chicken stock granules* 75 ml Fish sauce 2 Tbsp Belacan (shrimp paste) powder** 1 Tbsp crushed dried chillies 200g large red chillies 150 ml vegetable oil 2 » Read More

How to Make Lebanese Garlic Sauce (Toum)

I wanted an aioli-type sauce to go with my slow-roasted beef (probably only the second time in my life I've done a beef roast) but I found the recipes online mostly used one sad, solitary clove of garlic, which just sounded wrong to a garlic lover like myself. I then remembered how much I've always enjoyed the garlic sauce that comes with the » Read More

Curry Powder and Curried Maggi Noodles (30 Days 30 Asian Ingredients Series Day 24)

I get the feeling that many Australians who like Asian food mistakenly believe their Asian immigrant neighbours are automatically badass cooks. I can’t speak for all Asian countries but I know for a fact that growing up in Malaysia most of us didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen (well, I did, but that’s because I was close to my stepmom and » Read More

Coconut and Kerisik (30 Days 30 Asian Ingredients Series Day 2)

Day 2 - Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream, Thick and Thin Coconut Milk, Creamed Coconut and Kerisik I’ve covered this topic to some extent in a previous blog post so check that out for the recipe for making your own coconut milk. In this Periscope broadcast, I reveal - what Malaysian recipes mean by thick and thin coconut milk why » Read More

How to Make Squid Ketupat – Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 8

Recipes for Ketupat Sotong (Squid Stuffed with Glutinous Rice) and Kerabu Pucuk Nipah (Palm Shoots Salad) from Perdana Resort, Kota Bharu We showed up at Perdana Resort, a beachside property, for the next two cooking demonstrations - and found another extravagant banquet had been prepared for us that included Kelantan’s very unique laksa (I will » Read More

How to Make Garlic Chilli Sauce (Thermomix)

If you don’t own a Thermomix, you can quite easily make this in a regular blender - it takes longer and may require more stopping and stirring/scraping but that’s about it. If this were all the Thermomix is capable of, it’d be a pretty expensive blender, but of course, it can do quite a few other things as well. I will be sharing more recipes » Read More

How to Make Sambal for Kangkung Belacan

I've shown you in my previous YouTube videos how to make your own chilli paste and how to prepare dried shrimp. In this next segment, I'm going to show you how to use these two ingredients in one recipe. Sambal Recipe INGREDIENTS: ¼ cup oil (I’m using Carotino) 1 cup dried shrimp, soaked, drained and lightly pounded ¾ cup chilli paste 1 » Read More