In this new series, Luke takes to the streets of Asia to embark on a culinary exploration of its food and culture, as he explores street food throughout Saigon, Vietnam; Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Jakarta, Indonesia.
4 Aug 2016 - 11:37 AM  UPDATED 5 Mar 2018 - 3:15 PM

Episode 1 - Saigon, Vietnam

Airs Thursday June 14 at 8pm on SBS

Luke begins his Asian Street Food adventure in his family’s home city of Saigon, Vietnam. Getting up early in the morning, Luke ventures into the hustle and bustle of market life looking for traditional vermicelli noodle dish topped with grilled pork and herbs. Getting straight into the action he’s invited behind a street food cart to serve up a Vietnamese delicacy, crab and pig brain soup to hungry locals. Talking with the stall vendors, Luke uncovers the secrets of recipes passed down through families for generations.

Luke cooks up some street food in Saigon, Vietnam.
Online exclusive recipes inspired by the series

Crispy skin chicken with red rice (com ga chien don)

Wok-tossed rice noodles with char siu and egg (hu tieu xao xa xiu)

Vietnamese baguette with fried fish cakes (banh mi cha ca)


Episode 2 - Saigon, Vietnam

Airs Thursday June 21 at 8pm on SBS

Luke continues through the streets of Saigon in District 1, visiting his favourite pho restaurant. He then uncovers a family dispute between two sisters with competing food stalls both called number one Xôi Gà, then it’s off to Miss Yung-Jow, his very own ‘lunch lady’ who has been cooking a different dish every day for twenty years. In District 4, Luke revisits a family-favourite restaurant, Quán ốc Oanh, where he’s enticed by the aromas as he explores the street before cooking up some spicy chilli crab claws.

Online exclusive recipes inspired by the series

Seafood hotpot (lau do bien)

Blue swimmer crab & tomato vermicelli noodle soup (bun rieu)

Blue swimmer crab and tomato vermicelli noodle soup (bun rieu).

Episode 3 - Bangkok, Thailand

Airs Thursday June 28 at 8pm on SBS

Luke continues his street food journey and with different street food vendors on every corner he stumbles across hidden stalls and characters like Miaw who teaches him how to cook a traditional Thai sweet dessert, Thai coconut pudding. Luke needs to be patient as he joins the back of the queue waiting amongst the locals for the best Thai red pork and rice (kao moo daeng) in town. Luke then meets his friend Ged at a local floating market where she buys a variety of locally caught seafood for him to taste. Walking down one of the oldest street food streets in Bangkok Luke is lured to a tasty satay stall by the aromas from the charcoal grills.

Luke Nguyen sitting roadside with locals outside table-less curry stall Jek Pui in Chinatown, Bangkok.
Online exclusive recipes inspired by the series

Whole fish covered in salt and chargrilled

Chargrilled squid salad

Glass noodle salad with seafood

Episode 4 - Bangkok, Thailand

Airs Thursday July 5 at 8pm on SBS

Luke ventures through the back streets of Bangkok in search of the best tom yum soup in the city. Then he entertains the locals creating a disappearing Thai delicacy, fresh dancing shrimp salad. Luke wanders through the streets of Chinatown before dining with locals at a 70-year-old street food stall only centimetres away from hectic traffic. He then meets up with his friend Chow who takes him to a famous street restaurant called Thip Samai where they watch the chefs cook the best pad Thai in Bangkok, ten serves at a time!

Online exclusive recipes inspired by the series

Oxtail soup (soup hang wao)

Chicken noodle curry (khao soi)

The ingredients for khao soi (a noodle curry) can also be used to make sai oua, a traditional Thai sausage.

Episode 5 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Airs Thursday July 12 at 8pm on SBS

Luke continues his street food journey venturing into multicultural Kuala Lumpur. Luke meets his friend Tana in Brickfields, an area filled with a variety of different Indian dishes. Tana escorts Luke to his favourite street food stalls where Luke tastes delicious sweet and savoury treats, including the curry puffs said to provide the consumer with prosperity and happiness. Luke then meets the famous Mr Hung, who has a reputation for flying instant noodles nearly two stories high and then goes on a satay adventure at Ramal Food Junction, considered to be the home of the best satay in Kuala Lumpur.

Online exclusive recipes inspired by the series

Nasi lemak

Dry wonton noodles with char siu and choy sum (wantan mee)


Episode 6 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Airs Thursday July 19 at 8pm on SBS

Luke continues unearthing different street foods in Kuala Lumpur starting at the central Jalan Imbi market. With the market already busy at 7:30 in the morning Luke is lucky to meet a friend with a table where he’s able to taste some of the different dishes parading past him as the locals enjoy their breakfast. Having reserved the table Luke heads off to talk to some local stall-holders and fills his plate high with different tasty treats. Luke then meets Mr Sou who has been cooking a hearty pork bone soup with medicinal herbal properties for more than 20 years. Luke learns from Grandma Lim who’s perfected her noodle making skills for 40 years to create the most delicious Chinese-Malay dishes.

Online exclusive recipes inspired by the series

Egg tart

Vegetables stuffed with fish paste (yong tay foo)

Indian rojak

Episode 7 - Jakarta, Indonesia 

Airs Thursday July 26 at 8pm on SBS

Meeting up with his old friend, Derice, Luke unearths the delicious delicacies of Chinatown, finding the experience a melting pot of diverse cultural cuisines. Luke joins the locals beneath the tall city skyscrapers and uncovers a truly authentic Indonesian stall which serves every part of a chicken. During the busy lunch break Luke joins the hustle and bustle, meeting local Hadi, and dines on a diverse range of dishes. Moving onto dessert, Luke visits a vendor selling a sweet snack that resembles his grandmother’s hair.

That is a huge wonton! Luke is at Bakmi Amoy in Jakarta about to test out this pangsit goreng.
Online exclusive recipes inspired by the series

Silken tofu with ginger syrup (tahawa)

Stir-fried chicken and snake beans with chilli relish

Betawi beef rib soup with vermicelli noodles (soto mi tangkor betawi)

Episode 8 - Jakarta, Indonesia

Airs Thursday August 2 at 8pm on SBS

In the final part of his street food journey, Luke visits a busy stall that’s been serving a traditional Indonesian salad since 1961. Luke indulges in an Indonesian dessert, the sweet martabak, known as the ‘King of Street Food’. After exploring the streets of Jakarta for the best nasi goreng, Luke is put to work helping to cook and serve the largest ‘wokful’ of nasi goreng he’s ever seen.

Online exclusive recipes inspired by the series

Mutton fried rice (nasi goeng kambing)

Sea bass grilled in banana leaves


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