LOVE HEART SHAPED SPRING ONION GARNISH

Edible Love heart shaped spring onion garnish. Having a beautiful garnish can lift the look of your dish from simple to down right mouth watering. I find using simple little tricks and changing the shapes of a garnish you already use can really make the food on the plate pop. Just like this love heart […]

Vietnamese Vegan Scrambled Eggs and Bitter Melon

Vietnamese Vegan Scrambled Eggs and Bitter Melon     I know what you are all thinking and want to ask me. Saba what’s going on, a Vegan dish??      Don’t hit the panic button just yet.  I’m not turning Vegan, not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just not for me. A […]

PORK ON PORK! VIETNAMESE BBQ PORK CHOPS

VIETNAMESE BBQ PORK CHOPS   In todays post I’m not really focusing on the food. What I hear you say. That’s right. I said it. I’m not focusing on the food. I’m going to focus on the BBQ I cooked it on. For thoese who know or follow me. You know that I have a […]

Vietnamese Pickled Garlic Chives & Bean Shoots

Now you all know I’m a huge fan of anything pickled. The zesty zing they add to a dish can change a boring meal into something special. In this recipe we are going to make pickled garlic chive and bean shoots. It’s super easy to make and will be ready to eat in just about […]

SPICY PORK FILLED DUCK NECK SAUSAGE

I often buy my duck whole, cause buying them portioned is such a rip off. If I was to buy two duck legs on their own it would almost cost me the same price as buying a whole duck. So why would I?  Why would I indeed. The other advantage of buying the whole duck there […]

SPICY VEGAN OKARA SEASONING POWDER

I often make soy milk at home, it’s cheap and easy to do and only needs 2 ingredients to do. Soy beans and water. Yep that’s it. However making soy milk produces a lot of byproduct or waist. One thing I’m not a big fan of is wasting food.  The byproduct I speak of here […]

Home Made Soy Milk From Scratch

HOME MADE FROM SRATCH When I came to Australia some 40 odd years ago. My family ended up in a little rural Victorian town. It was a little farming community with a rich history in dairy.  A very different setting to the modern-day Melbourne in which I live today. I have very fond memories of […]

BEYOND THE BRAND! BKK Australia

Welcome to my new segment. BEYOND THE BRAND  Where I will sit down and chat with business leaders in the food industry to find out more about the people that make these companies and brands tick. Hopefully we can get some insight into what makes their companies so great and gain a few helpful tips […]

HOW A CRYING TIGER BECAME A HAPPY DUCK

I’m not going to share the recipe for this dish today as I will share it with you on a later post. Sorry guys. However I will show you how to make the sauce as we will need for an upcoming post. What I really wanted to do today was share with you a story, a very true story. […]

Pork Belly Yakitori with only 4 ingredients

I think meat taste better when its on a stick, don’t ask me why I just do. Especially if its getting grilled over a BBQ.  In todays post I’m going to show you how to make a super simple Japanese yakitori. This recipe is so simple that it only has 4 ingredients. That’s if you […]

How to make chilli flakes from scratch

Any one who follows my blog will know I’m a big chilli lover. It’s in just about everything I eat. I even have it on my eggs at breakfast time! It doesn’t have to be super hot, but I need to know its there. So with the amount of chilli I eat I always need to have […]

Game Day Prawn Platter

I’m a big fan of sports, more so watching then playing it hihi. Of late I’ve been spoiled for choice. World Cup soccer, Wimbledon tennis, golf, football, motorsports. You name it and I’ll watch it. So in today’s post I thought I would show you 3 really simple game day snacks you can prepare in […]

Vietnamese Grilled Pork Marinade

For 1Kg of meat   THE SHOPPING LIST 4 Lemongrass stem, white part only, smashed and roughly chopped  (80g)  1  Large brown onion, roughly chopped 5 Cloves of garlic, minced  1 tablespoon of ground chilli paste  (or 2 fresh chillies minced)  ½ tablespoon of fish sauce  ½ tablespoon of Soy sauce 1 tablespoon of Oyster sauce 1 […]

Spring Onion & Chilli Pancakes (Scallion Pancakes)

Spring Onion & Chilli Pancakes   You know what I really love, its spring onions.  I also love pancakes. So naturally I love spring onion pancakes!! oh for those of you that don’t live down under or are not sure what a spring onion is. You might call it a green onion or a scallion.  A spring onion […]

The Rice Dish! Crispy Rice Balls

Ok, how about we make some rice balls?   What rice balls?  We have all seen boring rice balls before. I hear you say….. Don’t worry, these little bad boys are going to be super crispy on the outside and soft in the middle and explode with Thai red curry flavour goodness!       For […]

How to cook rice on the stove

  I know some of you may laugh when you see this post. For the most part I’m sure it’s a very simple task, but for the novis cook it can be quite the challenge to get right.  But I kid you not. I remember a time when I was a teenager and a dear friend of […]

Cheesy Chicken Wings

Who doesn’t like a oozy cheesy meal, and who doesn’t like chicken wings right? I for one love both! The  AFL football season has just started here. So in celebration I’m going show you how to make a yummy cheesy game day snack. It’s a little spicy, very delicious and very cheesy! It’s so easy to make and […]

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Marinade

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Marinade For 1Kg of meat I’ve always been a big fan of lemongrass in chicken.  As a kid my dad would make my brothers and I a lemongrass and crispy chicken wing dish. They were very popular and with limited supply on offer we would devour as many of these wings as […]

Steamed scallops with sweet and spicy fish sauce

  I love eating seafood, but funny thing I don’t actually eat it that often. I think the reason being is that I only ever want to eat if I know its super fresh. Another reason maybe cause its so darn expensive. But today I’m eating it, yep I’m eating seafood, and it’s scallops to be exact. […]

Yum Yum Noodle Chicken Burger

Yum Yum Noodle Chicken Burger Do you ever get those times when like you played golf all day and just feel like some fast food. Well I felt like that tonight. On the way home I was thinking I might just grab a Zinger burger from KFC. But being Asian, instant noodles is our answer to fast […]

Vietnamese Green Mango Salad, Gỏi Xoài Xanh

  Chúc Mừng Năm Mới     Happy New Year everyone!! So I had planned to do a traditional Vietnamese New Year dish for todays post, but I’ve been so busy doing work on the lion brand rice blog posts that I didn’t get time to do one. Sorry about, I’ll have to make up for it next […]

The Broken Lion!

 My Cơm Tấm Burger   So in this post today I’m not sharing a recipe with you. Sorry about that.  I just want to share with you one of my cooking stories. I hope it can inspire you to have fun and be creative in the kitchen. Cooking is an essential part of life. We cook […]

Surf N Turf Asian Style

Surf N Turf  Asian Style It’s summer in Australia now and it’s religious here that you fire up the BBQ!! It’s pretty common for us to chuck a couple of snags on there or a rissole or two. But that can get a bit boring at times. There is so much you can cook on […]

Yakiniku Tare, Japanese Grilled Meat Sauce

Yakiniku Tare  Japanese Grilled Meat Sauce Let me tell you a bit of a saucy story!  Many years ago I met this kind and beautiful Japanese girl named Aya.  She would later become my wife. But that’s a story for another time. What did you think I was going to tell you about my love life? […]

Vietnamese Pickled Carrot and Daikon, đồ chua

đồ chua Vietnamese Pickled Carrot and Daikon I love anything pickled, the zesty zing they add to a dish can change a boring meal into something special. In this recipe we are going to make pickled carrot and daikon. Or đồ chua as its now in Vietnamese. These pickles are best known for being used […]

Nước chấm. Vietnamese dipping sauce

Nước cham You know that saying that goes like this. “we eat with our eyes first” Well this was the dish that taught me that. I remember when I was young and I was helping my mother to make up some nuoc cham, she asked me to chop up the garlic, so I went at […]