Fresh summer rolls served at a market in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Ma Lum.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will air a 10-episode series on discovering Vietnamese culture via its traditional cuisine starting Sunday.
Hosted by Vietnamese Australian chef Luke Nguyen, the show will run at 8:30 p.m. every Sunday, featuring a culinary journey from southern Vietnam through Mekong Delta to the northern region and Hoi An, a UNESCO heritage site in the central region.
Through 10 episodes, the famous chef will introduce viewers to renowned Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls, sauteed crab with satay, papaya salad and sour noodle soup along with lesser-known dishes like ethnic group Red Dao’s salmon hotpot.
Luke Nguyen has followed a culinary career for over 30 years. He is renowned for a chain of restaurants worldwide like Red Lantern and Vietnam House. He judged Master Chef Vietnam seasons 1 and 2 and was a special guest on chef Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape and Master Chef Australia.
The chef was once the official food ambassador of Etihad Airways, responsible for planning inflight menus to and from Vietnam.
Vietnamese cuisine has become better known across the world over the past few years, with international chefs and prestigious food magazines praising several national dishes.
Some street-corner dishes have made it to all corners of the world, like Vietnamese sandwich banh mi, listed among the world’s top 20 street foods by Fodor’s Travel, a U.S. travel site. Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk has also been lauded by publications like NatGeo and The New York Times.