MKR David and Betty cook

It’s day 2 of My Kitchen Rules and it’s off to western Sydney to find out more about Social Media Influencer Betty (the one with the sleeve of tatts and the blind mum) and her BFF David. Please, please, please turn out to be awesome cooks of Asian food like last year’s winners and not just cast because you look cool.

Betty’s family is from Laos; David’s were Vietnamese boat refugees. Betty likes to stand on chairs to Instagram her food, likes getting tatts and her mother is blind. Betty describes herself as a hustler. David is … present.

Entree is crispy pork belly with steamed bun and cucumber. It sounds like a bao – which is delicious. Why aren’t they calling them bao?
Main is barra in sweet and sour broth with rice and greens. They buy fillets, so they don’t have to spend time prepping the fish.
The MKR producers delight in showing the Asians having trouble parking in a tight spot. Nothing at all to do with them having a camera in their faces while driving a borrowed car.
Back home, the clock has started ticking and they have yet the decorate their marquee.
Finally, with only 90 minutes left on the clock, they start cooking in what looks to be an original 1970s brown kitchen with only a four-burner stove. A change from the usual flash kitchens on MKR.
Aha – David starts working on what he calls bao dough. So far David is the only one who’s been shown cooking.
The contestants arrive … yadda yadda … Last night’s cooks get to know their fellow contestants and Damo guesses that Brown Beard “wrestles bears”.

Back in the kitchen Betty has a few blue bandaids on but we didn’t see any drama. Here are the judges and Manu is wearing a white jacket. No, no, no, Manu – you don’t wear white to eat Asian food – how are you going to slurp it properly?

In the kitchen they are mucking around with the traditional shape of the buns … why oh why! Bao are delicious – don’t muck with them. They are happy, though, although they are way flatter than usual, and the pork looks amazing.
We’re killing time with the WA flirt and Brown Beard – just get to the food, please! They are using sauce from a bottle because that’s how their mums do it
(and yet it was ok to change the bao?). This will be trouble.

Pete says it’s delicious. Manu says the buns weren’t fluffy enough and we would like them to show technique by making the soz themselves.
The Villains are the only ones shown criticising the entree because, well, crispy pork belly.
The edit tries to make us dislike Tyson even more for knowing words like dashi – pretty basic stuff for a cooking comp. And: Amy bad. Amy no like kids.
Blonde Flirt may have to be renamed Hair Twister – unless it’s the same shot over and over.
Oh – there appears to be some cooking happening. The crispy fish skin looks yummy but they are having trouble with their crispy rice cakes. Did they not practise them? Or refrigerate them first? And while they faff with that the okra in the broth makes the liquid slimey. Ick.
They drain the broth, add more water and aromatics and pick out the okra so they can try to salvage the soup. Serving okra to non-okra eaters is risky.
The plated dishes look pretty good, although the broth bottles are massive. And then they pull out the selfie stick spontaneously, not at all because the producers told them to. At least it wasn’t a belfie.

Manu gives a teary Betty a mock hard time about changing her mum’s dish. He and Pete liked the dish. Pete loves okra – yeah, that figures. The broth was too weak (due to their dramas).

Dessert is green tea cream doughnuts with chocolate glaze and matcha affogato. That’s a lot of green tea in one dish and not everyone likes matcha. They are worried Betty’s ice cream is too icy, but they are pouring a warm liquid over it anyway.
Girl Villain cements her Evil League of Evil Credentials by admitting: “I don’t love doughnuts.” Hey, at least she eats chocolate – remember Knee Socks Jess from last year?
The affogato looks like a shot of wheatgrass juice. Uh oh.

Manu does not like the affogato – it’s way too savoury. “It’s a smack in the head kind of flavour.” And the “arse-cream is not a great arse-cream”. Pete agrees. geez – Pete isn’t getting much of the edit so far.
This is one dessert where Brown Beard won’t be nicking everyone’s leftovers.

Tanned Flirt and the Pale One: 7
Midwives: 7
Beardies: 5
Villains: 6
Damo and Caz: 5
Generous scoring, given dessert was inedible – they must be great company.
Total 30/50 and they’ve beaten the Tasweigans.
Entree: Manu 7 Pete 7
Main: Manu 7, Pete 7
Dessert: Manu 2. “I disliked this desert a great deal,” says Pete, giving them a 1.
Total 61 – one point behind Damo and Caz.


The midwives cook; cue baby puns.

Can you hurry up and get to the challenges already – these instant restaurants are taking forever and there’s weeks of them ahead.

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And please, for the love of Jordan, try and keep the wild sobbing fits about your elderly relative and the, “I’m doing this for them!” speeches down to about one per half an hour. Any more than that should be grounds for instant disqualification from the show. And someone gets to take a cricket bat to your kitchen as punishment.

brain dead dave

For many contestants , their biggest achievement on MKR will be making said relative turn over in their grave from embarrassment.


Hold on Dave, I’m just opening a pack of Twisties. But I’m doing it for my great great great great aunt Peg, because this was her dish!


😂 😂😂

brain dead dave

It’s to die for ,right?

brain dead dave

Quoth the lesser beard~”I’ve quit my job”

You deluded fool.


Fake drama in the kitchen but I want to eat the entree and mains. Amy and duck lips are making sure they will be the talk of the town.

brain dead dave

The ad breaks are killing me.


It’s corny as hell, but I actually quite like Kyle and Bek’s subtle (hah!) attempts at mutual flirting. They’re kind of adorable.

OTOH, does anyone else think that Tyson is just secretly planning on killing them all? If I was going to a dinner party at his and Amy’s house? I’d maybe test the food before eating it. Y’know. Maybe take a canary or something first. Just as a thought.


Gosh that would be funny.

But now I have a mental picture of Tyson chopping up meat in the kitchen, and when he steps out to greet the guests, he’s still holding the meat cleaver … and as one, everyone just turns and bolts.

brain dead dave

“Here’s Johnny!”


Wow, a ONE for the dessert. I’m sure that I’ve seen a dog turd on a plate score a 3!


I rather eat tonight meal than last night.


That dessert looked pretty shocking, though.


I’ve missed seeing these recaps and comments; they never fail to make me laugh out loud.

Gabby said yesterday that the show was boring and like watching a rerun. I agree. Nothing has been done to shake it up, everything is same old, same old, including Manu’s purple damn jacket and Pete’s eyelids, white from wearing teeny eye protectors in the tanning oven.

Is a blind mum more inspiring than a dead nonna or popo? It’s annoying that Betty tears up every time she mentions her mum; mum is still around, girlie, she happens to be blind. Give it a frigging rest.

The obligatory obnoxious couple I find more amusing than irritating, although I hear Jaws music when duckface speaks, because of the side eye he gets from the others. He’d be a good serial killer since he comes off as more of a twerp than a danger and his victims would get in the back of the van willingly.

Flirty chick needs to learn better techniques than hair twisting and tossing. Does she want to get into beard’s pants or have him buy her an ice cream? Enough with hair-handling at the table.

This is only episode 2. Good lord.


Oh dear I sat through another episode. Thanks Von for agreeing with me. They have done not a thing to spruce this show up, not a thing, right down to the characters of Amy and duck/ar#e hole face. What an ignorant man and that’s before he even opens his mouth.
I agree with you Von about Betty and the tearing up at the mention of her poor mum who has been blind since Betty was three. You would think Betty would be used to the fact by now.
If this is the second night and the only scintillating conversation they can all manage to get flowing is a made up, ridiculous, unimaginative story about the blonde and the beard supposedly getting married and having kids, well we are in for an exciting, not, next few weeks around the dinner table.
So far I am liking the couple that were on last night. Seem nice, ordinary and down to earth. Although, think they may have scored less by a point or two all in the name of strategy.
I will continue to tape and fast forward through.


I am almost convinced that Amy ad Tyson are actors hired to try and spice up this moribund melange.


Watch as he makes the show’s credibility disappear into thin air!