How would you describe your culinary style?
The pursuit of culinary bliss in a typically laid-back, Aussie way. I love cooking food that looks and tastes fantastic, but I don’t take myself too seriously while I’m doing it; I like to have fun in the kitchen. I think confidence and knowledge is the key to cooking well, as it is with most things in life.
What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
Firstly, my family and friends. My Dad is from Malaysia so I adore all the spicy, complex Malaysian and Nonya dishes. My mother is from Hong Kong and I love the simplicity and clean flavours of Cantonese food. My husband is German so I’ve also been introduced to some wonderful European dishes through him. I also love it when friends cook for me – I always learn something new.
Secondly, my exposure to different cultures and cuisines. I was born and grew up in Australia so I’ve eaten all sorts of wonderful food from many different cultures. I have also lived in a number of different places – Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Leeds, Melbourne, and Adelaide – and travelled to many more. I love trying new food so I’ve picked up lots of favourite dishes everywhere I’ve been.
Lastly, my cookbooks and favourite food sites and blogs. I’m a voracious reader and stay up way too late every night drooling over food sites or reading cookbooks in bed.
If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be?
It would have to be the Penang Asam laksa – an amazing Malaysian soup noodle dish with fish, tamarind, ginger flower, turmeric, onions, chilli, mint, pineapple and belechan (fermented shrimp paste). It’s the most incredible combination of flavours and I absolutely love it – you can read more it on my blog as I’ve posted my Grandmother’s Asam Laksa recipe.
For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
Can I suggest three? If you’re into Asian food, try my Har Mee (Prawn Noodle Soup), which is a fantastic Malaysian hawker dish. If you want something substantial and comforting my Rosemary Lamb Roast with Potato Bake is always well received. Those with a sweet tooth should check out my Chai Rice Pudding.
What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure?
I never feel guilty about eating food. I might sometimes feel sick because I’ve eaten too much but I never feel guilty about food. About my parenting, yes, but food, no.
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