• (Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong - Series 1)
With a huge extended family scattered throughout Vietnam, Luke is inspired to learn that they all have one thing in common – a love for food. On our journey of Vietnam's southern region, we travel from Saigon, through the Mekong Delta, and north along the coast to the World Heritage-listed city of Hoi An. Along the way, we meet many of Luke’s 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.
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17 Feb 2012 - 1:38 PM  UPDATED 25 Sep 2017 - 10:54 AM

Episode 1 - Kunming, China

Aired Thursday March 16 at 8pm on SBS

Celebrated chef, Luke Nguyen, in the third instalment of his popular series takes us on a culinary journey across of the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia.

Recipes

Uyghur spicy beef skewers
Fish mint stem and tofu salad
Crossing the bridge noodles

 

Episode 2 - Dali and Shaxi, China

Aired Thursday March 23 at 8pm on SBS

In the second episode of Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, Luke discovers the unique flavours and culinary traditions of the Bai and Yai people in the historic towns of Dali and Shaxi in China's Yunnan Province.

Recipes

Steamed fish with salted soy beans and glass noodles
Dali vegetarian rice noodle stir-fry
Lucky red braised pork belly
Wild shaxi mushrooms wok tossed with cured pork

 

Episode 3 - Lijiang, China

Aired Thursday March 30 at 8pm on SBS

In the third episode of Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, Luke reaches the fabled town of Lijiang in China's Yunnan Province, where the nightlife reigns and a Naxi "aunty" teaches Luke how to cook a local speciality.

Recipes

Chargrilled fish with crispy mint
Lijiang baba
One-thousand layer pork belly

 

Episode 4: Xishuangbana, China

Aired Thursday April 6 at 8pm on SBS

In the fourth episode of Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, Luke journeys to Xishuangbana, where China meets Southeast Asia, to experience Dai culture and cuisines, and try the acquired tastes of the famous tea horse trail.

Recipes

Tea-infused sticky sesame dumplings
Chargrilled lemongrass Telopea fish
Chargrilled banana leaf, filled with chicken and Asian herbs

 

Episode 5: Yangon, Myanmar

Aired Thursday April 13 at 8pm on SBS

In the fifth episode of Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, Luke discovers the little known foods and flavours of Yangon – the former capital city of Myanmar.

Recipes

Mohinga
Vegetable wraps
King prawn and tomato curry

 

Episode 6: Inle Lake, Myanmar

Aired Thursday April 20 at 8pm on SBS

In the sixth episode of Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, Luke ventures to the Shan State, where entire villages and kilometres of tomato farms float upon Inle Lake.

Recipes

Chickpea tofu soup
Green tomato salad
Crispy spring onion fritter

 

Episode 7: Keng Tung, Myanmar

Aired Thursday April 27 at 8pm on SBS

In the seventh episode of Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, Luke hikes to the hill tribe villages of the Shan State and the township of Keng Tung, where he cooks some unusual delicacies and local marketplace favourites.

Recipes

Young bamboo shoots stuffed with pork and ginger leaf
Warm buffalo-skin salad
Stir-fried aromatic smoked beef

 

Episode 8: Chiang Khong, Thailand

Aired Thursday May 4 at 8pm on SBS

In the eighth episode of Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, Luke makes it to the town of Chiang Khong in northern Thailand, where he literally catches the ingredients for his traditional Tom Yum fish soup and tasty northern-style frog curry.

Recipes

Pork chargrilled in bamboo
Catfish tom yum
Rice paddy frog curry

 

Episode 9: Mae Salong, Thailand

Aired Thursday May 11 at 8pm on SBS

In the ninth episode of Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, Luke arrives at mountainous Mae Salong, where he prepares a rustic tomato dish with Apear, an Aka grandmother.

Recipes

Banana trunk and chicken curry
Spicy tomato dip
Slow-braised pork hock with star anise and cassia

 

Episode 10: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Aired Thursday May 18 at 8pm on SBS

In the final episode of Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, Luke hits the bustling town of Chiang Mai, where he laps up the nightlife cooking Thai classics, such as green papaya salad.

Recipes

Chargrilled Chiang Mai pork belly
Warm young jackfruit salad