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Soon's Yam Cake or Wu-Tau-Kou
I love yam cake. Mum always made this simple
dish back home in Malaysia. It's great if
you're having a party as you can prepare
it well ahead of time, and it never fails
to impress. If you have problems getting
hold of fresh yams, you can try looking
for the peeled and frozen ones available
at some Asian grocery stores.
150g dried shrimp, soaked
300g meat, chicken or pork, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 yam, cut into cubes
3 cups rice flour
6 cups water
1 spring onion, sliced
1 red chilli, sliced thinly
2 tablespoons fried chopped shallots
Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a
saucepan over medium heat. Add the dried
shrimp, cubed meat and garlic. Fry for 15
minutes or until fragrant.
Add the cubed yam, rice flour and water.
Stir well and season with salt. Lower the
heat and let it simmer, stirring occasionally,
until the mixture starts to become sticky.
Meanwhile, grease a large metal tray
or baking tin. Transfer the cooked mixture
into the tin and smooth the surface. Put
the tin in a large steamer, or a big wok
filled with water and steam with the lid
on for around one hour over a large fire.
Set aside to cool.
You can unmould the yam cake or serve
it straight from the tin, garnished with
spring onions, cut chilli and fried shallots.
Serve with chilli sauce or sweet sauce.
Issue No 4: September 2011
Welcome to the Carlton Community Website Email
Newsletter, keeping you up to date with the latest
Carlton Community news.
Carlton Community Website: www.carlton.vic.au
What's Happening in MY Carlton
by Karen Poh, Editor, Meld Magazine
The Carlton Community Cookbook
I'm really pleased to see Carlton's community
cookbook finally hit the shelves of our favourite
local bookstore, Readings.
To celebrate Carlton, and the multicultural
community of which Meld Magazine, and many international
students are a part - we embarked on a little
project last year, inviting residents, students,
workers, business owners and volunteers from
all around the neighbourhood to share their
stories through food.
The project was also borne out of our belief
that everyone, regardless of race, culture,
socio-economic background, or gender, has something
to bring to the table.
We dubbed it Home Cooked, The Carlton Community
And so we began, running test kitchens, styling
food, organising photoshoots - out of a tiny
kitchenette in the city fitted with only a two-burner
stove and oven.
Like many grassroots-driven projects, it was
a painstaking and messy affair. We broke plates.
Had photoshoots redone when we didn't think
they were up to scratch. Returned to the drawing
board again and again as we revised the cookbook
for the umpteenth time.
But it was also a rewarding, exciting and bonding
Staff from Bendigo Bank Carlton got to share
a meal with international students at Arrow
on Swanston. Meld Magazine volunteers hosted
a community lunch at the Church of All Nations.
Members from the church community Life* Expedition
got to sample the dishes coming out of our test
And on September 2, people from all around
the Carlton neighbourhood, descended upon Readings
Carlton for our official book launch. It was
a wonderful night where new connections were
made and acquaintances became friends, as we
gathered around a shared table of glorious food
As a not-for-profit new media outlet reaching
out to international students, we are so privileged
to be part of what has become known as a "glocal"
(global and local) community right here in Carlton.
Those who are up to speed with developments
in new media will recognise the phenomenon of
which we are a part.
Unlike traditional mass media, new media platforms
have opened up opportunities to engage intensely
and intentionally with a small local audience,
encourage new ways of information sharing, spur
non-traditional interactions that have an impact
on a community, and foster a two-way conversation
between audiences and news providers, organisations,
businesses, educational institutions and the
This has also been what the City of Melbourne's
Opportunities for Carlton Fund has been about:
to harness community energy, skills and resources;
and to empower the community to positively engage
with the changes currently occurring within
the Carlton community. And that includes connecting
people within Carlton - the diverse groups and
individuals, across cultures, age groups and
So thank you to all our contributors and volunteers
who have given so much their time to this project,
and the City of Melbourne who has supported
us through the Opportunities for Carlton Fund.
The journey has been precious.
We also hope this cookbook will inspire others
to gather people round the communal table and
share recipes and dishes that taste like home,
Home Cooked: The Carlton Community Cookbook
Project contains a collection of 30 heartwarming
recipes and stories contributed by people from
the Carlton neighbourhood - from scrumptious
chilli cheese scones to Nonna's homemade lasagne,
Shanghainese dumplings with a modern city twist,
green tea cheese cake made with love, and even
a cocktail named after Carlton.
You can purchase
your copy online or from Readings, 309 Lygon
For more information and all other enquiries,
Well, that is What's Happening in My Carlton
at the moment.
Sneak peek inside our cookbook.
From left, Meld volunteer Ellie serving
community lunch at the Church of All Nations,
Aggie and Susanna from Bendigo Bank share
a meal with international students in Carlton,
Aggie's homemade arancini, students from
the Arrow neighbourhood, Greg, Karen and
Aun from Meld Magazine (bottom left)
Poh is the Editor of Meld Magazine
Karen Poh arrived in Melbourne as an international
student in 1998. After completing an arts
degree at University of Melbourne, she went
on to pursue a graduate diploma in journalism
at RMIT. She spent four years working for
community newspapers around Melbourne.
Seeing a need to provide relevant news and
information to international students who
make up a sizeable community in Victoria,
she founded Meld Magazine as a not-for-profit
online media outlet in 2008. Meld Magazine
was also designed to give local and overseas
students a leg up in their careers
by putting media students on the same beat
as fully-fledged journalists and photographers,
and encouraging business and marketing students
to innovate and test emerging models of
journalism, and develop an ethical and sustainable
Magazine: Melbourne's International Student
MELD Magazine is an independent not-for-profit
media outlet incorportated to reach out
to international students in Melbourne,
and provide students the opportunity to
gain real work experience. With no paid
staff, MELD relies solely on volunteers
from both local and international students.
The editorial team is made of both local
and international students, and it has worked
to provide local content in every sense
of the word.