Poh Ling Yeow


The inaugural season of Channel Ten’s MasterChef — and her infectious smile and artistic flare — propelled Poh Ling Yeow to the national spotlight. The Malaysian-born creative grew up in Adelaide and prefers this city to any other when it comes to life and work.

Favourite coffee spot?

Jamface at the Adelaide Central Market of course! We use Showpony coffee owned and roasted by Ben Rosenthal. My other go-to is Ur Caffe on Melbourne Street.

Favourite place for dinner?

My favourite place to eat at the moment is in Angaston, Barossa Valley. Owned and run by beautiful Fiona and Matteo, Casa Carboni is a pasta cooking school and restaurant. Everyday has different offerings, like their Sunday Long Lunch that goes from 12.30-3pm using regional produce and although they aren’t usually open for dinner apart from Friday nights, you can also organise Chef’s Table Dinners for groups of 10 or more in a beautiful intimate setting.

When I’m in Adelaide I love to …

Go to the Art Gallery of South Australia. It’s the one place I know I can go to be calm and inspired.

What I love most about Adelaide

Is that there is freedom to pursue a creative life because living here is just so much easier than most other states. If I didn’t grow up here, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to carve out a living as a creative — I built my art career, then made two TV cooking series here. Also, housing is still affordable, it’s so easy to get around and it’s one hour to get to the most stunning wine country or gorgeous beaches, something not many people know about. Festival season is also an amazing time here.

Fondest memory of growing up?

One of my fondest memories growing up in Adelaide was going to the Adelaide Central Market and sourcing ingredients to make Malaysian dishes. This market is unique even on a world scale because of the cultural diversity it offers with ingredients.

The must dos

Go to the Adelaide Central Market and make your own picnic to take to the Botanic Gardens or take a drive to McLaren Vale to visit vineyards and lunch in many of the wonderful restaurants in the region. My other favourite thing is when festival season comes around in February and March. There’s the Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival and Womad happening all at once and the city is just berserk with creative energy.