taste of malaysia

"Taste of Malaysia with Martin Yan" is a journey of cultural discovery through this stunning gem in Southeast Asia. The 13-part series presents a wide variety of dishes from this tri-cultural landscape, as well as highlights diverse cultural and historical elements.

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Loyal Friends In Setiawan

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.

  • 2019-06-19T03:00:00-07:00
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Eight Million Cups of Tea

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.

  • 2019-06-26T03:00:00-07:00
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Penang Heritage

Martin explores culinary treasures of Penang, a World Heritage City and a true cultural and historical gem. At Georgetown he drops by the legendary Ghee Hiang, the iconic pastry maker whose trademark dates back 160 years. At a traditional Nyonya rice cake factory Martin witnesses a most unusual way to squeeze out the air from the cake dough. At the classic 1881 Hotel Martin learns a special wok-seared rib recipe from the local chef.

  • 2019-07-03T03:00:00-07:00
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Langkawi

A two-hour ferry ride from the mainland of Malaysia is the 99-island chain of Langkawi. Martin explores this vacation paradise and its many sporting activities. Along the way he finds a true 'hole in the wall' - a culinary hideaway where the seafood is always fresh and jumping. For a taste of the high life, Martin visits the world famous Datai Langkawi resort. For contrast, he samples every day dishes in a pavilion above a rice paddy.

  • 2019-07-10T03:00:00-07:00
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