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TLC to launch show based on Vietnam cuisine

MUMBAI: Lifestyle channel TLC is all set to launch a special show based on Vietnam cuisine titled ‘Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam’.

The show will launch on 5 January, airing at 8 pm from Monday to Friday.

‘Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam’ will uncover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine through Luke Nguyen, an acclaimed Australian-Vietnamese chef who returns to the country of his heritage to learn centuries-old cooking secrets, traditions and techniques.

From his food-obsessed extended family, as well as home cooks and local street-food vendors scattered across the southern regions, Nguyen travels around Vietnam to learn from the people of the country.

In the ten-part series, Nguyen will travel through Vietnam’s northern countryside, visiting the natural wonders of Ha Long Bay, stopping at the French inspired Hanoi and all the way to the mountains of Sapa. Along the way he prepares dishes in locations that represent an authentic Vietnam.

Each episode will explore the food and culture of Vietnam. On a journey of Vietnam’s southern region, the chef will travel from Saigon, through the Mekong Delta and north along the coast to the world heritage-listed city of Hoi An.

Along the way, he meets many relatives who share with him the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine and help him discover the tiny cottage industries that have been creating vital ingredients for many centuries.

Some of the dishes that Nguyen whips up include takeaway snacks like green papaya salad, local favourites like sweet Mekong shrimp with fried pork belly and unusual dishes like deep fried pumpkin flowers stuffed with prawns and dill.