How to Make Nasi Tumpang – Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 4

Recipes for Nasi Tumpang, Betel Leaf Bites and Traditional Herb Drink We were served a huge banquet by Kak Yah at Min House Camp, but we also had the opportunity to learn 3 Kelantan dishes at the retreat - 1. Nasi Tumpang (Rice in Banana Leaf Cones) This is a banana leaf cone filled with alternating layers of compressed rice and different types » Read More

Min House Camp – Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 3

Min House Camp & Dikir Barat Competition Still on Day 1 of my Kelantan trip and if you thought lunch followed by dinner within the space of 4 hours would be plenty of food to last us the rest of the night, you’d be mistaken. We were headed next to a retreat in a rural setting, called Min House Camp. Baby Noah had fallen asleep after the » Read More

How to Make Lawar Ikan Merah etc. – Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 2

Recipes for Pindang Tapai, Ikan Masak Lemak Belimbing Buluh, Lawar Ikan Merah I checked into my room after my late lunch of nasi campur, and because I’d arrived a couple of hours ahead of the rest of the media group, I had time to take baby Noah for a quick dip in the hotel pool. I was still full from my last meal when it was time for an » Read More

Travel Diary Kelantan – Part 1

Late last year baby Noah and I were invited by Tourism Kelantan to visit Kota Bharu, the capital of Malaysia’s northernmost state, for a traditional cooking tour experience. It would be my first time visiting Kelantan, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I already knew that Kelantan is VERY distinctly different from other parts of Malaysia; I » Read More

How to Make Thai Sakoo Sai Moo

Sakoo Sai Moo a.k.a. Savoury Tapioca Balls Sakoo Sai Moo is a snack traditionally served on special occasions to the Thai monarch. This was one of three royal Thai dishes I had the privilege to learn during my stay at Shangri-La Chiang Mai. INGREDIENTS: 200 g Small sago 100 g Fresh coconut milk 100 g Water Filling - 300 g Meat, » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 5

Day 4 and I’m acutely aware that time is running out for us to visit this region’s famous attractions. It’s Sunday and temperatures are expected to soar (I’m told they hit 45°C yesterday). Baby Noah is back to his normal, happy self but the beautiful hotel pool beckons along with the prospect of travelling far distances in the searing heat.  I » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 4

Day Three and baby Noah is chirpier now that he’s getting a good supply of fresh mango juice, but he’s still a little lethargic. We’re in this remote part of Southeast Asia and the elephant sanctuary, the famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple up in the hills and the long necked mountain tribes are all on my wish list but they all involve day trips » Read More

How to Make Thai Khao Kriab Pak Moh

Thai Khao Kriab Pak Moh aka Steamed Rice Skin Dumplings An elegant Thai royal delicacy made with rice flour batter and a chicken and prawn filling, Khao Kriab Pak Moh , taught by Chef Wassana at Shangri-La Chiang Mai. The folds in the dumpling are created by deftly lifting the steamed batter with a spatula and swirling it over the » Read More

Chiang Mai Travel Diary – Part 3

We have a busy schedule on our first morning in Chiang Mai. Breakfast at the Shangri-La Club Lounge is exquisite, with red curry beef and cooked-to-order Thai omelette as the highlights. Noah, still refusing drinks, is more interested in looking out the window at the swimming pool downstairs. We need to shop for ingredients for the » Read More

How to Cook Penang Asam Laksa

Asam (aka Assam) Laksa Also known as Penang Laksa, this dish hails from its namesake island and has been listed among the 'Top 10 world’s most delicious foods' by CNN.  I held off on attempting it for many years as one of the main ingredients in the paste, bunga kantan or torch ginger flower, is almost impossible to find in Australia.  However, » Read More