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Taste of Malaysia with Martin Yan

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Thu Dec 12th, 8:00am
Thu Dec 12th, 2:00pm

Kuala Lumpur is a dynamic modern Asian capital with a rich food history. In this episode Martin explores the capital tracing its food history back to its humble kampung (village) origin. Along this fascinating journey he also explores Chinese and Indian influences in Malaysian cuisine, showcasing classical dishes such as Nasi lemak, Bak kut the and Mie goreng.

Pahang is the longest river in Malaysia and along its banks we can find a wide variety of human, animal and plant lives. More than a water highway it's a complete ecosystem. Cooking local river fish with durian fruit (called the 'king of fruits') is a favorite among the residents. Martin visits a durian farm in the area where the best 'king of fruits' are grown. Nearby he visits Malaysia's famous chef Wen - a celebrity chef and TV host - to compare recipes.

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Thu Dec 19th, 8:00am
Thu Dec 19th, 2:00pm

Many of today's "who's who" in Malaysia grew up in small, humble towns such as Sitiawan. Martin spends a day with a network of old friends in their hometown, visiting with a local baker and a noodle maker discussing their strong community spirit, then Martin gets an invite to the famous fish head banquet.

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Thu Dec 5th, 8:00am
Thu Dec 5th, 2:00pm

The state of Johor is full of small culinary gems. Martin explores the area around Tangkak, sampling many local favorites on "Hungry Street" such as the famous flying roti and freshly made wonton noodles. Nearby he's shown the many healthy food products derived from brown rice. For a change of pace he stops by the Gunung Ledang Resort next to a palm oil plantation, and shares a cooking lesson with the local chef.

Martin is charmed by the graceful essence of Kelantan on this episode. He starts the day by visiting the colorful Siti Khadijah market, where he spends as much time shopping as he does tasting the offerings in the food court. Later he admires the craft of the master kitemaker, songket weavers and batik painters. At night he visits the famous shadow puppetry theater in the area.

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Thu Dec 26th, 8:00am
Thu Dec 26th, 2:00pm

Martin travels to the scenic Cameron Highlands for farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, a colonial history lesson and the best cup of tea in Malaysia. At Boh Tea Plantation and the famous Smokehouse Hotel, Martin learns about tea cultivation, the contribution of Indian workers and the region's connections to Malaysia's colonial past. For a closer nature encounter he overnights at a most unique 'homestay', an ecological Tree House.

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