taste of malaysia

The Many Faces of Malacca

Martin explores the many cultural layers of historical Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage City, embarking on a river cruise to retrace the voyages of early Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch and English settlers. On shore he admires their houses of worship: temples, churches and mosques, all located on the world famous "Harmony Street." For his edible adventures Martin explores Jonker Street, a culinary hot bed of Chinese, Portuguese and Malay delicacies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cradle of Malaysia

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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East Coast Essence

Pristine white beaches and spectacular mosques greet Martin as he wanders the east coast of the Malay Peninsula. He trades in his kitchen cleaver for scuba gear and gets up close and in person with beautiful coral reefs. For a taste of history and the common life he samples the popular egg and toast breakfast at the famous Tai Peng Canteen, where Mr. Wong the original owner who emigrated from Hainan Island to open the cafe back in 1941, is still living above the shop.

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Life on the Pahang River

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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