Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey

FOOD TELEVISION – Tuesday 20 December, 7.30pm

Wondering how to ring the changes for this year’s Christmas feasting? Rick Stein has some delicious new ideas brought back from his Far Eastern Odyssey. Rick’s suggestions range from braised duck in spiced orange juice to beef rendang or an aromatic biryani. Still prefer the traditional turkey? Rick has some new ways of livening up the left-overs and to complete the meal, he recommends a very unusual coffee…

7:30pm Saturday, November 26 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Bangladesh

Rick ends his culinary tour in Bangladesh, the country that spawned thousands of ‘Indian’ restaurants in Britain years ago. Not surprisingly, curry is at the top of his list. Rick starts his journey in Dhaka, where he discovers the intricacies of making a true biryani. With fish being central to most Bengali dishes, he is invited for lunch by a local family to sample the country’s traditional dish of fish dampokht. Heading North to Sylhet, Rick explores the city’s close links to British curry houses and visits a Khasi village close to the Indian border for an unforgettable pork and black sesame seed curry. Back at home, he cooks fish steamed in banana leaves with mustard massala.

7:30pm Saturday, November 19 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Thailand & Malaysia

Rick continues his odyssey in Thailand, where he meets up with one of his heroes, David Thompson, a man who has devoted his professional life to understanding Thai cuisine. Later, Rick takes a train South to Phuket to learn the art of creating a hot and sour tom yum goong, the culinary icon of Thailand. Finally, he visits Melaka, once the heart of the spice trade, to enjoy the delights of Nyonya cuisine.

7:30pm Saturday, November 12 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Malaysia & Sri Lanka

Rick is spoilt for choice as he explores the multi-faceted food of Penang, an appealing mix of indigenous Malay, Indian and Chinese with a bit of British charm thrown in for good measure. He meets up with vibrant food writer, Fay Khoo, to discover the exceptional popularity of fish head curry in the region. Across the Indian Ocean, in Sri Lanka, Rick continues his passion for seafood by visiting a bustling fishing village North of Colombo and takes part in a most unusual fishing expedition further South in Galle.

7:30pm Saturday, November 5 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Thailand & Malaysia

Rick continues his odyssey in Thailand, where he meets up with one of his heroes, David Thompson, a man who has devoted his professional life to understanding Thai cuisine. Later, Rick takes a train South to Phuket to learn the art of creating a hot and sour tom yum goong, the culinary icon of Thailand. Finally, he visits Melaka, once the heart of the spice trade, to enjoy the delights of Nyonya cuisine.

7:30pm Saturday, October 29 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Vietnam & Thailand

Rick Stein travels down the Mekong River to Vietnam. Here, the food is light and fresh, prepared using lots of herbs, lots of freshwater fish and flavoursome soups made with thin strips of beef with rice noodles. “It’s slimming food,” he says with some enthusiasm. In Saigon, Rick visits the old stomping ground of his hero, author Graham Greene, and in Hanoi he meets up with a former employee who delights in the varied and delicious street food of Vietnam’s capital city. For the ultimate in al fresco eating, Rick tries the night food stalls in the heart of Bangkok.

7:30pm Saturday, October 22 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Rick begins his odyssey in Cambodia, a country still recovering from the regime of the Khmer Rouge. Nevertheless, tourists (and not just back-packing gap-year students) are beginning to return to this land dotted with sugar palms, paddy fields and small villages. Rick discovers the joys of freshly caught swimmer crabs cooked with green peppercorns from Kampot, once the king of pepper. He learns how to cook the most famous dish in the country, fish amok, made with lemongrass and coconut. He also samples lok lak, an extremely popular and delicious dish made with stir-fried strips of marinated beef. Like most people who come here, Rick visits the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat temple (the very symbol of the country), before joining a rice barge to take him down the mighty Mekong River to the border of Vietnam.

FOOD TELEVISION – Saturdays from 5 March, 7.30pm

Chef Rick Stein sets off on an epic culinary journey to explore the Far East’s most diverse food cultures which have soared to the heights of popularity the world over. Along the way, Rick visits traditional family-run restaurants, street vendors, night markets, fishing villages, and local farmers to learn about the authentic food of the area, and to sample the delicious spectrum of flavours. Rick’s journey across the Far East also takes in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and the islands of Indonesia.

7:30pm Monday, September 13 on Prime

Lifestyle

Bangladesh

Rick ends his culinary tour tonight in Bangladesh, the country that spawned thousands of ‘Indian’ restaurants in Britain years ago. Not surprisingly, curry is at the top of his list. Rick starts his journey in Dhaka, where he discovers the intricacies of making a true biryani. With fish being central to most Bengali dishes, he is invited for lunch by a local family to sample the country’s traditional dish of fish dampokht. Heading North to Sylhet, Rick explores the city’s close links to British curry houses and visits a Khasi village close to the Indian border for an unforgettable pork and black sesame seed curry. Back at home, he cooks fish steamed in banana leaves with mustard massala.

7:30pm Monday, September 6 on Prime

Lifestyle

Sri Lanka and Bali

Rick Stein visits Sri Lanka tonight, where he discovers a wealth of hot and spicy vegetable curries. In Colombo, he meets Chef Publis, one the country’s most respected chefs, and tastes an unforgettable chilli crab in a small Tamil eatery. Down in Galle, Rick discovers the delights of tea plantations and buffalo curd, and experiences firsthand the secrets of making cinnamon. Back at home, he creates a delicious cashew nut curry to savour the memories of his time in Sri Lanka. He then moves on, to the volcanic island of Bali, where food takes on a religious significance. Rick samples the best roast pork he has ever tasted. After buying fish straight off the day boats, he enjoys fresh barbecued fish on a beach. He ends his trip to Bali by taking part in a village ceremonial feast.