10 Ways The Thermomix Is Great For Asian Cooking

In all the years I’ve cooked Live On Air, I’ve elicited more comments about the Thermomix TM5 behind me than all my other kitchen gadgets and utensils put together. I usually brush these off by telling my audience that it’s really just a multi-function kitchen unit and that I mostly use it as a glorified food processor.  I do that partly because » Read More

How To Make Yee Mein (Fried Wheat Noodles)

Yee Mein (Cantonese) aka fried wheat noodles come in two varieties that I'm aware of - there's the thinner, darker version that some Malaysians know and love, and there's the more famous thicker, lighter-coloured version that's used in premium Chinese restaurant dishes like crab with ginger and shallots. This recipe is for the latter. I've » 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 An Easy Nut-Free Carrot Cake

I rarely bake because I’m not much of a cake eater, but I have on occasion had to use up some leftover carrots, in which case my go-to option is to bake it into a carrot cake.  This recipe was originally sourced from the Thermomix recipe community, but I’ve made so many adjustments that it bears no resemblance to the original. I find Western » Read More

How to Make Sweet Potato Onde-Onde and Black Sesame Paste Dessert

Fair warning - the audio in this Live Asian Kitchen is badly out of sync. I only realised because I had to force myself to watch the replay so I could remember the ingredient amounts for these recipes (fun fact - I have a general phobia about watching myself on camera).   Sweet Potato Onde-Onde INGREDIENTS: 200g steamed & » Read More

How to Make Chilli Sauce for Dim Sums

This post relates to my broadcast that covered 2 dishes - chilli crab, and the chilli sauce typically served at Chinese restaurants for Yum Cha. Chilli Sauce for Dumplings (1 hr 16 mins into video) INGREDIENTS: 2 cups large chillies 5 cloves garlic 1 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp sugar ½ Tbsp salt Cooled, boiled water (if » Read More

How to Make Baked Asian Cheese Tarts

#TelstraFail Season 2 Episode 4 (Final) - after two days of back-and-forths with Netgear, the manufacturer of the modem connected to my Telstra service, I was told that it was definitely a faulty modem. Good news was that Netgear said they would replace it; bad news was that I had to go through Telstra. Hell would have to freeze over before I » Read More

How to Cook Steamed Fish with Preserved Vegetables

I don’t know if it’s the Chinese in me that makes me especially partial towards steamed fish (steamed most things, as a matter of fact) but even if you’re more used to having your fish battered and fried, do give these recipes a shot. They’re quick, flavoursome, easy to make, and  kind to your waistline (I promise). Steamed Silver Perch with » 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