Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey is an epic culinary journey along rivers, through jungles and around coastlines. Along the way, Rick visits traditional family-run restaurants, street vendors, floating markets, night markets, fishing villages, and the local cinnamon and rice farmers to learn about the authentic food of the Far East, and to sample the delicious spectrum of exotic flavours.
In Vietnam he tracks down the best recipe for pho, a searing soup of vegetables, shrimp, chilli and fresh mint; in Cambodia he makes kroeung, a kind of aromatic curry; and he samples jhol, a light fish stew, in Bangladesh. Travelling on through Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia, he’ll enjoy (and show us how to make) an array of inspired dishes.
In this tie-in cookery book to the series, Rick shares his new-found knowledge, recreating the tantalizing food of his travels and capturing on the plate the rich and varying cultures of the Far East. With over 150 new recipes and breathtaking on-location photography, this book evokes the magic of bustling markets, exotic locations and exciting flavours.
In Rick’s words: 'This is a series about seriously simple food – no swanky hotels…this will be the real stuff: fat blue-backed prawns served with green mango; river journeys, back streets and beaches; flashing knives and ruby-red chillies; spicy green papaya salad and soft, steaming noodles served on battered tin plates…'
Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey is an epic culinary journey along rivers, through jungles and around coastlines.
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“Well I must write a review of this brilliant programme that has been on for a few weeks. I can not wait until the DVD is out. I will be the first one at the shops to buy it. I have been with my family on many occassion to the far eat and I wish that this programme and book was out when I went to visit. I bought the book three weeks ago and I have tried many of these recipes and I must say for someone who can not cook, it's easy to understand and follow. Thanks Mr Stein for this experience and I hope you will be doing another far eastern adventure in the future. ”
From: Mrs Quantick
“The programme was brilliant. What are we going to do on a Thursday night now that it's finished. My family and I are gutted it's finished. I bought the book today and I'm really looking forward to trying some of the recipes. Thanks very much to the BBC and of course Rick for such an amazing programme and book. I just wish the series could have gone on and on. The best viewing we have seen for many years and very very interesting to learn about the different countries and cultures.”
From: Terry Mehegan