Hairy Bikers reveal Asia's culinary highlights

17th Feb 2014

China's cuisine is already highly appreciated by many Britons at home.

But imagine how much better Far-Eastern culinary delights taste in their native land?

For some reason food and drink always tastes better in the land it originated in - supping Guinness in Ireland, anyone?

Now two of TV's best-loved cooks are whetting the appetites of Asian-bound gastro-tourists with a new book to accompany their new series.

The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure kicks-off this Thursday (February 20) on BBC2 at 8pm.

Dave Myers and Si King have compiled the recipe-laden book fresh from their travels.

The Hairy Bikers said: "We discovered some amazing dishes and we came back more excited than ever about Asian food."

Their findings suggest that connoisseurs of fine cuisine will find tailor-made holidays in South Korea and China, especially Hong Kong.

HONG KONG

Tourists on city breaks to this gateway to China will find it just the place to start a culinary adventure.

The Bikers made fresh dim sum in a Hong Kong market, finding it almost impossible not to consume more than they cooked.

They then went dragon boat racing and cooked on a dai pan dong, or street-food stall, for Alvin Leung, a local Michelin-starred chef.

The pair enjoyed the home cooking more than anything, however.

The bikers said: "We were lucky enough to be invited to share supper at the home of Grandma Lulu, who, with only a wok and a chopper, cooked up a banquet for six in her family's little apartment. It was real local food - comforting, tasty and full of flavour."

SOUTH KOREA

The bikers knew little about South Korean food when they arrived but soon found out what a bold, bright, fiery cuisine it is. They said: "The food is highly flavoured and just right for us spice-loving Brits."

Korea's bold cooking is awash with ingredients such as gochujang chilli paste, gochugaru chilli powder and a thick soya bean paste called doenjang.

Copyright Press Association 2014


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