Cooking for Love
    • Episode 1: Dear Mum and Dad, We Love You
    • Episode 1: Dear Mum and Dad, We Love You

      The first episode is filled to the brim with love, as both Nik and Sarah are tasked with making the dreams of two very young sisters, come true.

      Challenged to cook up an Asian-Western fusion cuisine for their parent’s 20th wedding anniversary, will the chefs manage to satisfy mum’s love for seafood? And can they perfect their desserts to suit dad’s palate?

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      Hadiya and Zulayca are the two sweetest daughters anyone could ask for. At such a young age, both girls are already appreciative of all their parents have sacrificed for them. So for once, they would like to give back to their parents by organizing their 20th wedding anniversary dinner party themed around a Asian-Western Seafood cuisine.

      Mum, who used to be an architect, loves to eat seafood while dad pretty much eats anything and everything. Safe to say that all fish and crustacean dishes will go well on this family’s dinner table. Zulayca on the other hand prefers Italian, perhaps a pasta dish.

      The girls are of course, big on dessert. Amongst some of their favourites are Chocolate Lava Cake, Pavlova, Meringue, and pretty much everything chocolate based. As long as the desserts are light on the sugar, dad will go for it too.

    • Episode 2: For The Love of Music and Spice
    • Episode 2: For The Love of Music and Spice

      In this episode, the chefs are introduced to a family of a different kind. Anthony Lee, upon returning from his band’s tour in Japan, wants to thank his band members and their loyal production crew for always being by his side, through thick and thin.

      Alike the love they share for post-rock music, Anthony and his band mates also love spicy foods. With a menu of Thai-Malaysian fusion dishes, will Nik and Sarah be able to deliver a Thai-Malaysia inspired menu with enough spice to satisfy Anthony and his entourage?

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      Musician and sound-engineer Anthony Lee, is also a guitarist in a post rock band called Muteside. The band, who have been playing together for the past 3 years, will be touring in Japan for a week and a half in July. Upon their return, Anthony wants to give thanks to the band and their loyal production crew for being his second family, every step of the way.

      Anthony and his four band members absolutely cannot live without spicy food, so Anthony thought that a Thai-Malaysian fusion would be perfect. Instead of a sit-down meal type dishes, the party would consist more finger foods dishes. He sets a challenge to the chefs to whip up never before made finger foods such as Malay-styled Beef Jerky with Bird’s Eye Chili, Seafood filled Spring Rolls, Coconut Shrimp and perhaps a beverage version of the famous Thai Red Ruby Chestnut.

      Anthony’s 2 female band-members, Simmy and Jolynn, are extremely fond of desserts but are a little health-conscious at the same time. So, Anthony reckons that slightly lighter deserts would be better as opposed to cakes and brownies.

    • Episode 3: Making Her Dreams Come True
    • Episode 3: Making Her Dreams Come True

      TV presenter Naz, wants to celebrate the love of his life, his wife Sheahnee. Their upcoming 10th wedding anniversary is just around the corner and the family’s idea of a celebration involves the best of Malaysian cuisine with a good mix of Malay & Chinese kitchen favourites.

      Wholeheartedly supporting Naz in his celebratory plans, who will manage to hit-home with their halal versions of Sheahnee’s favourite dishes?  Nik is confident that his Wagyu Chili Pan Mee will win her heart, but Sarah thinks her Herbal Chicken Bak Kuh Teh with Garlic Mushroom Rice will be the winning dish!

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      Naz who has been a TV presenter for over 20 years, has been married to Sheahnee, 38 for 10 years and they are celebrating their anniversary this August. Their work, the café they own together, the children and their businesses take up so much of their time that often he forgets to thank her and celebrate her many accomplishments. Sheahnee is half Chinese, half Australian with Scottish descent but grew up in Klang. She loves Malaysian food, Chinese – Malay – Indian. And she loves chocolate. One more thing she misses since converting to Islam is the taste of BAK KUT TEH and PAN MEE – which is usually cooked with pork. She has yet to find a dish that has been similar to these tastes in the halal shops.

      For this party, the challenge for the chefs would be to make Local Klang dishes with a twist. For instance, a Chinese pan mee or halal Bak Kut Teh, Malay Masak lemak cili api with a twist, or a good Southern Indian curry but fused with western flavours.

    • Episode 4: Celebrating an Indonesian Matriarch
    • Episode 4: Celebrating an Indonesian Matriarch

      This week, Nik and Sarah will have their work cut for them as they will have to cook up an authentic Indonesian menu to please Shirley Zecha’s 81-year-old mother, who in her own right, is a fantastic cook and has even published her own family cookbook.

      Will Shirley Zecha have her cravings satisfied with Sarah’s Ikan Pepes? Or is it Nik’s modern take on the Indonesian staple dish Soto, that will remind Shirley of home.

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      The Chinese-Indonesian-Dutch Zecha lineage have had generations of strong matriarchs, each woman equipped with a distinct culinary style in the kitchen. However, Shirley Zecha may just be the best cook out of them all, having honed her cooking skills in Indonesian cuisine and publishing a cookbook featuring four generations of Zechas. Hence for her 81st birthday, Shirley’s middle child Melissa, wants to give her exactly that, as a big thanks to Shirley for being an amazing hands-on mother.

      Shirley, who is Chinese Indonesian, has lived in Malaysia for 60 years and misses authentic Indonesian street food the most such as Indonesian Satay Lilit, Indonesian Rojak, Soto Ayam and Rawon.

      Shirley, like her daughter, maintains a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to her food. She isn’t fond of fatty dishes or dishes that are pungent or have over-powering spice flavours. Instead, her taste bud prefers mild balanced dishes.

      When it comes to desserts, Shirley is more inclined towards Nyonya kuih such as Seri Muka, Pulut Panggang and Kuih Lapis or Western desserts.

    • Episode 5: A Royal Vietnamese Surprise
    • Episode 5: A Royal Vietnamese Surprise

      Hannah and her husband are Vietnamese, and have been living in Malaysia for the past 4 years. Her parents-in-law will be coming to visit them, and she’s engaged our chefs to cook up a feast for their surprise 45th wedding anniversary!

      This milestone celebration calls for both Nik and Sarah to whip up an authentic Vietnamese menu. How will Sarah’s Peppered Tamarind Crab fare against Nik’s Fresh Prawn Spring Rolls? And will both chefs be able to fill their stomachs (and hearts) with love?

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      Hannah and her husband live in Malaysia and both work in the Oil and Gas industry. They have 2 kids, an 11 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. She wants to throw a surprise party for her in-laws when they come to visit them. 45 years of marriage is an achievement and she feels that they deserve it as they never got to have a proper wedding when they were young.

      Typical hometown food Beef Pho, Seafood dishes with crab and shrimp sauce, sour Soup with Fish. Light Vietnamese salads, not oily and not spicy. Dessert sweet soup lotus seed with longan and cassava cake.

    • Episode 6: Giving Back to Those Who Are Selfless
    • Episode 6: Giving Back to Those Who Are Selfless

      In this episode, our chefs meet Her World magazine editor Eena Houzyama, who shares her story of being humbled by Joycelyn Lee, founder of Pitstop Café. Joycelyn is a humanitarian who has been opening her café doors to the homeless since 2016. With this opportunity, Eena has invited Nik and Sarah to celebrate Joycelyn and her team’s selflessness, by for once, having their dinner cooked for them.

      Our chefs are joining forces to cook up a delicious fare of luxurious Malaysian favourites such as Sarah’s Kari Lamb Shank with Crispy Potato Strings and Nik’s Kam Heong Lala.

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      One of Eena’s first stories which she ran as Editor of Her World magazine, was about Joycelyn Lee, founder of Pit Stop Community Café. The café, which feeds the homeless a hot meal every night, left a huge impression on Eena, and she can think no other humanitarian to celebrate other than Joycelyn and her team.  

      Eena wants to treat Joycelyn and the many volunteers at Pit Stop to a delicious hot meal, to give back to the people that are constantly giving. She reckons that a Malaysian fare would be perfect. Eena is looking towards a hearty selection, using Chicken or Lamb as the main proteins. There is no preference in deserts, but Tiramisu or Pavlova are some suggestions. Things to stay away from are beef.

    • Episode 1: Celebrating a Mother’s Love
    • Episode 1: Celebrating a Mother’s Love

      The Chong siblings not only call Susan their mother, but also look up to her as their teacher and best friend. Vanessa, Pamela and their brother, Vincent are no strangers to the limelight – each well-known TV personalities in Malaysia. Their jobs and lifestyles have had them involved in constant travelling, which have hindered them from spending quality time with Susan. Now that all three out of six siblings are permanently residing in Kuala Lumpur, they want to take the opportunity to make up for all their missed celebrations and throw Susan a grand Mother’s Day Dinner Party.

      Despite being Caucasian, Susan has fallen in love with spicy Asian cuisine such as Nasi Lemak, Beef Rendang and Ramen Noodles. Vincent is still occasionally surprised to find Susan munching on raw bird’s eye chilies, and suggests that the chefs would whip up a spicy English-Asian dinner for Susan. Vanessa and Pamela agrees that Susan also really enjoys her desserts, and think that Susan would absolutely love a special ice cream Durian cake.

    • Episode 2: The Perfect Match
    • Episode 2: The Perfect Match

      While the concept of arranged marriages may seem foreign to many, Jeremiah and Jessica have found lifetime partners out of each from the process. When Jeremiah’s aunt told him that she had found him the perfect candidate to be his wife, he did not expect to be blown away immediately. For Jessica however, who was introduced by her sister-in-law, her first impression seemed ordinary. Overtime, Jeremiah’s instant adoration and persistence charmed her, and both married a year after meeting.

      Attributing the success of their union to the involvement of their parents and families, the couple now wants to express their gratitude to both their families through a home-cooked Indian feast with a twist! The couple believes that a fusion meal consisting of Salmon Curry, or a spicy take on Gulap Jamun would be a fine treat for their families. Chocolate is also a definite favorite in the family, but it is best to stay away from Crustacean dishes due to allergies.

    • Episode 3: Mummy’s Boy
    • Episode 3: Mummy’s Boy

      Izaaz and his sister, Izalia, have been pampered by their mother, Liza for as long as they can remember. Without a father figure in their lives, they have grown extremely close to Liza – who works, runs the household and still finds time to be a fulltime doting mother. Being only a young boy with no income of his own yet, Izaaz wishes to treat his mother to a lovely surprise Western fusion-themed Birthday and Mother’s Day Dinner, mostly to give her a break as she cooks at home everyday.

      Izaaz mentions that Liza is extremely fond of duck, prawn and beef, and both of them share a great love for chili and spicy foods, something that his sister does not enjoy as much. Besides Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes and ice cream, Izaaz has caught his mother many times happily enjoying locally-made Banana Chips.

    • Episode 4: The Unsung Hero
    • Episode 4: The Unsung Hero

      Adele Cheah was happily married for 10 years when her husband was suddenly taken away from their family from a fatal drowning accident. Adele was an adventure racer and organizer of sporting events when she met her soon-to-be husband, Kevin Tan, who was also an outdoor guide. In 2013, Kevin was guiding families to a waterfall in Bentong when a man was caught drowning in the water. Kevin heroically jumped in and managed to save the man’s life, but tragically lost his in the process, leaving behind his wife, four-year-old daughter Zoey and eight-month-old son Lucus.

      With Kevin’s birthday coming up, Adele is reminded of the positive influence Kevin has had on her life and others, and would like to celebrate with a cuisine they both enjoyed having together – Vietnamese, namely Pho and Vietnamese Summer Rolls. While she enjoyed having sweets for desserts, Kevin always preferred savory local options such as Fried Banana Fritters.

    • Episode 5: A Decade Of Love
    • Episode 5: A Decade Of Love

      Zachy, an engineer, and Amelia, a stay-at-home mum, first met each other in college, but only started dating a few years after. When Zachy planned to ask for Amelia’s hand in marriage, he blindfolded her and surprised her with an engagement party with all her family and friends present. His confidence paid off, as the two are now proud parents of three beautiful children, Eva (9), Leah (7), and Isaac (18 months).

      This year, the lovebirds will be celebrating their 10th year anniversary. As they both come from tight knit families, they want to celebrate this milestone by throwing a Japanese-Chinese Fusion Anniversary Dinner Party for their loved ones. Amelia, who is half Chinese, is absolutely fond of Chinese cuisine, and because both their daughters love Japanese food, the couple has decided to combine the best of both worlds to cater to the family at large. For dessert, they both enjoy local flavors such as Chinese Sea Coconut with Longan ‘Tong Sui’ and Gula Melaka-infused desserts like Onde-Onde.

    • Episode 6: Curing Homesickness
    • Episode 6: Curing Homesickness

      Sherman, an investment banker, married his long-term girlfriend, Boum, a year and a half ago on the breath-taking beaches of Hua Hin, Thailand. After settling down in her new home country, Malaysia, the two began a Thai food delivery business that would eventually rob them off their free time over the next year. Now that the food business has finally taken off, Sherman had realized how Boum has sacrificed many Thai holidays that matter the most to her and her family such as Songkran, Thai New Year and even both their birthdays. Having been so occupied with kick-starting the F&B business, Boum has gotten incredibly homesick over the past year.

      Seeing that the last time Sherman sat down for dinner with his wife and in-laws was during their wedding, he has decided to fly down Boum’s friends and parents from Thailand for a family reunion to make up for lost time and celebrations.

      As Boum’s parents are extremely adventurous with food, Sherman believes a combination of Western and Thai dishes would be a treat for everyone. Boum is very fond of desserts like Thapthim Krop, and can’t hide her delight for Malaysian Durian as it varies from those she used to get back home.