How to Cook Crab with Yee Meen Noodles

Mud crab with ginger and shallots and yee meen noodles is a bit of a special occasion dish at Chinese restaurants here in Australia because of its price tag, but it's actually quite easy to achieve at home, especially if you use cheaper varieties of crab like I did here. I usually go for spanner crabs, which usually go for about 1/3 the price tag » Read More

How to Make Hakka Lo Pek Pan (Hakka Radish Cake)

I sometimes feel sorry for those not born into the culture trying to learn all the nuances of Chinese food. It’s hard enough trying to wrap your head around the topic, let alone recognise all the different iterations of specific dishes by different Chinese dialect groups. Radish cake is one such example; the Cantonese version found at yum cha » Read More

How to Make Savoury Taro Cake (Wu Tao Ko)

Savoury Taro Cake (Wu Tao Ko in Cantonese) was a breakfast snack that I remember being sold alongside Chee Cheong Fun (steamed rice noodle rolls) back in my hometown of Seremban in Malaysia. My parents would typically order a small share plate of it from the hawker stall at breakfast, and it was served steamed (not pan-fried like what you get at » Read More

How to Cook Ayam Masak Merah (Spicy Tomato Chicken)

I’m told Ayam Masak Merah is a ubiquitous dish at Malay buffets back in Malaysia but I honestly don’t remember ever eating it. It could be that my home state of Negeri Sembilan serves up a Malay fare that’s noticeably different to that found in other parts of the country. For the longest time after it appeared on my radar, I wasn't particularly » Read More

How to Cook Cheesy Crab Noodles

I first learned about cheesy noodles when a Malaysian friend posted about the long wait lines to eat at a Kuala Lumpur restaurant which specialised in cheesy freshwater prawn mee hoon/bee hoon (vermicelli). With a bit of digging, I found out that the Malaysian proprietor got his inspiration from some restaurant in Hong Kong that served cheesy » 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