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

Cacao Chilli Crisp w/Noodles | Dark Chocolate Date Cookies (Rachel Khoo)

Recently, BBC studios contacted me about the possibility of trying some of Rachel Khoo's recipes from her TV show, Chocolat, airing on UnifiTV and BBC Player. I'd first experienced chocolate as a savoury ingredient when I tried MasterChef Malaysia judge Chef Johari Edrus's Spicy Chocolate Pasta in Kuala Lumpur a few years back. It was delicious » Read More

How To Make Deep-Fried Sesame Balls (Vegan)

Deep-fried sesame balls are one of those snacks that are accidentally vegan as well as gluten-free, with the added bonus that they're pretty easy to make. The batch in this picture (not the prettiest, I know) actually contains mung bean paste filling, but let's pretend it doesn't, because I don't have time to cover the mung bean paste recipe in » Read More

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 or » 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

How to Make Vegan Durian-Filled Puffs

I’ve probably said this before but we Malaysians tend to be durian snobs - those of us living overseas buy frozen Thai Mornthong durian out of necessity and desperation because they’re cheap and readily available - and then moan about how tasteless and soggy they are compared to fresh Musang King or XO and all the other varieties of durian that the » Read More

How to Make Krepek Ubi Pedas Manis – Spicy Potato, Cassava or Sweet Potato Crisps

Krepek ubi pedas manis is Indonesian for spicy and sweet crisps made usually from cassava or sweet potato. I’ve previously made and posted the recipe for the sweet potato version but I’ve recently tested it using potato and cassava as well. I also tried a few different variations including using less sauce and therefore a much thinner coating on » Read More

How to Make Kanom Krok – Thai Coconut Cakes

I had never eaten kanom krok (aka Thai coconut cakes or Thai coconut custard) when I attempted to make it during a recent Live Asian Kitchen broadcast. Without a frame of reference as to how it should taste, I found both the recipe I used and the final outcome somewhat perplexing. First of all, it produced a gooey topping that had no chance of » Read More

How to Make Sweet Potato Dumplings with Red Bean Paste Filling

  These sweet potato dumplings are pretty easy to make; you can used ready-to-use red bean paste (in cans or packs at your local Asian grocery store), though in this Live Asian Kitchen, I used the homemade red bean paste I’d made a couple of weeks earlier. Other popular filling options include lotus seed paste or mung bean paste. The » Read More