15 episodes

Bernice Chan and Alkira Reinfrank take you beyond restaurant reviews and ratings for monthly in-depth features about cuisine and culture in China, Hong Kong and Asia. Brought to you by the South China Morning Post.

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Bernice Chan and Alkira Reinfrank take you beyond restaurant reviews and ratings for monthly in-depth features about cuisine and culture in China, Hong Kong and Asia. Brought to you by the South China Morning Post.

    KFC vs KFC

    KFC vs KFC

    When it comes to fried chicken, almost every country has their own take on it.
    The Philippines has Jollibee, South Africa has Nando’s, Japan has Karaage... but no country has made the competition more intense than South Korea.
    So for today's episode, we are going to take a look at two equally iconic KFCs — Kentucky fried chicken and Korean fried chicken. How are they made? How did they influence each other? 
    And we are looking further than that — to the Korean war, the first cookbook…

    • 20 min
    Banh mi: where Vietnamese tradition and French colonialism collide

    Banh mi: where Vietnamese tradition and French colonialism collide

    The dish was born in a time when Vietnamese weren’t even allowed access to wheat flour, making it hard to imagine the sandwich would become world famous.

    • 18 min
    All about that Spam

    All about that Spam

    American icon became popular during the war and managed to stick around.Your junk email is named after the canned meat, by the way.

    • 23 min
    Mooncakes then and now

    Mooncakes then and now

    We tried KFC’s spicy chicken mooncakes so you don’t have to.From the end of the Yuan Dynasty to modern Hong Kong, mooncakes have been the bearers of political messages.

    • 13 min
    The surprising history of Sichuan cuisine

    The surprising history of Sichuan cuisine

    Bernice Chan and Alkira Reinfrank analyse the cultural appropriation, and fascinating history, of Sichuan cuisine. They delve into the chemistry of the Sichuan pepper and unpack the components of a traditional meal.

    • 20 min
    Sushi did not originate in Japan: how raw fish and rice became a world favourite

    Sushi did not originate in Japan: how raw fish and rice became a world favourite

    It turns out that early sushi was not about rice. And it originated from the Mekong, not Japan.

    • 21 min

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