Penang Food Adventure with Fay Khoo

I’ve been to Penang a number of times over the last couple of years but on this particular trip I had the rare opportunity to check out the island’s famous hawker fare with not only a Penang native but food writer and radio host Fay Khoo herself. We wanted to do side-by-side comparisons of some of Penang’s famous dishes - Kway Teow Th’ng (fish » Read More

Singapore vs Malaysia: Food Fight

Some of the coolest people I’ve met online have been Singaporeans - Ling Pang (@sixinchheel), Tammi Kwok (@insatiablemunch), Shen Tan (@madamtans), to name a few - so it pains me to write this (alright, not really) but it’s universally accepted knowledge in Malaysia that our food is better than yours. (I like taking potshots at Singaporeans because » Read More

Street Food Recommendations For Your Next Trip to Malaysia

I regularly get asked about eating recommendations in Malaysia and last week was no exception. My journalist friend Steph emailed me to say she was planning to travel through Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Ipoh and Penang (among other places) in May and asked if I could suggest people and food she should look up. She will be travelling alone and is » Read More

The Great Penang Char Kway Teow Debate

Every time the topic of Penang’s most famous dish comes up, I get a whole host of conjectures about what makes a good CKT - charcoal fire, wok breath, indispensable ingredients like pork fat, pork crisps, Chinese sausage - the list goes on. Awhile back I posted a video of a chef IN Penang cooking Penang Char Kway Teow - - and it created a » Read More

Siti Khadijah Market – Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 10 (Final)

Siti Khadijah Market and Teh Tarik with Honey Our jam-packed eating schedule eased up a touch on our third and final morning, which started out with a halal dim sum demonstration followed by breakfast at the Grand Riverview Hotel. Baby Noah amused himself while the Dim Sum cooking demonstrati...Baby Noah amused himself while the Dim Sum » Read More

How to Make Maggi Crab Noodles – Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 9

Recipe for Maggi Ketam (Claypot Crab with Maggi Noodles) from Indra Tom Yam One trend I’ve noticed in my trips to Malaysia in recent years is the use of Maggi ie. instant noodles in some street food dishes. You might come across Maggi Goreng (ie. fried Maggi noodles) cooked Mee Goreng-style at some food courts, and I’ve had Maggi Udang ie. Mee » 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 Ayam Percik – Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 7

Recipe for Ayam Percik (Grilled Chicken) from Cikgu Garden Chalet We next headed to a Kampung Stay called Cikgu Garden Chalet - a pristine village with manicured gardens in the middle of rural Kota Bharu. Cikgu Garden Chalet in Kota Bharu, KelantanFlashback: Cikgu Garden Chalet in Kota Bharu, Kelantan Posted by Jackie M. on » Read More

How to Make Kelantan Snacks – Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 6

Recipes for Kelantan Snacks from Seterpa Homestay I’m known for lots of things but food styling isn’t one of them. If you think the pics in this post look above average by Jackie M standards, that would be because I shamelessly sneaked up behind the Rasa Magazine photographer to capture them after she’d painstakingly styled and photographed each » Read More

Seterpa Homestay – Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 5

Seterpa Homestay and other food stops We traveled about 20 minutes to our next location to Seterpa Homestay, and as you can see, you don’t have to travel very far out of the city centre to experience Kelantan in all its rural glory. Pulling up to Seterpa Homestay in KelantanFLASHBACK: Pulling up to Seterpa Homestay in Kelantan Posted » Read More