10 Ways To Use Malaysian Ikan Bilis (Dried Anchovies)

Ikan bilis, aka dried anchovies, is so highly-prized among overseas Malaysians that my stepmom makes a point of using her entire luggage allowance on ikan bilis each time she comes home from a visit to Malaysia. (I’m aware you can buy ikan bilis from other countries, but once you’ve tried the Malaysian variety you’ll realise there’s a world of » Read More

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 Cook Pandan Chicken Curry & Pandan Rice

As someone who's run a Malaysian food business for decades, I'm always trying to strike a balance between maintaining "authentic" flavours while cutting down on time spent in the kitchen (thanks to labour costs and staff shortage issues). My friends at MyBlueTea.com.au recently sent me some samples of their natural pandan powder (made from pure » Read More

How To Use The Keep Warm Setting On Your Cooker For Sous Vide Cooking

I mentioned in the past that the keep warm setting on your electric cooker - eg. your rice cooker, slow cooker or Instant Pot - could theoretically be used if you're too cheap (I'm kidding) for a sous vide unit. I had the chance to test it out with my Lao-style grilled ox tongue recipe that I published recently >> » Read More

Australia Day At Yaralla Estate – Jackie M Pop-Up

Yaralla Estate groundsImage via www.slhd.nsw.gov.au If you've been craving my food over the long summer break, here's an opportunity to grab some of my Char Kway Teow and hand-rolled spiral curry puffs this coming Saturday evening. I'll be running my pop-up at Yaralla Estate in Concord, Sydney, to celebrate Australia Day. There will be free » Read More

Carols At Yaralla – Jackie M Pop-Up

I've been invited to cook my food at the Carols At Yaralla event coming up on Friday 7 December 2018; if you're in Sydney and located not too far away from the inner west, why not bring your family along for some Christmas carols and a bite to eat? At this stage, I'll likely be cooking Fried Radish Cake (aka Chai Tow Kway/Char Kway Kak), Char » 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 Cook Crispy Squid or Calamari

My seafood shopping choices are heavily dictated by budget, in the sense that I would pick up something simply because it looks cheap, and figure out how to make it palatable after the fact. This explains why I often use squid instead of the more expensive calamari; contrary to popular opinion, squid can taste pretty tender even when simply » Read More

29 Dishes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Penang

A Wok Around Asia Guide to Penang Food It’s a well-accepted fact that Malaysia produces some of the best street food in the world - however, different parts of Malaysia are famous for specific dishes, and Penang is no different. How do you know what to eat if you’re visiting Penang for just a few days?  Well, to help you decide, this is my » Read More

How to Cook Yee Mein Noodles with Garlic Butter Sauce

I recently had some crab yee mein noodles at The Good Kitchen restaurant in Hurstville, and they were so memorable I decided to attempt making the dish during my Live Asian Kitchen broadcast (but with prawns due to budget constraints). The noodles were served up with a butter and garlic sauce, and I was told that the secret was to add a small » Read More