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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.

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6 Dec 2019

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 documenting the making of fried chicken, the Atlantic slave trade, and even the origins of the bird itself.

We’re following all the breadcrumbs along the path of this golden gastronomic achievement of mankind. 

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 documenting the making of fried chicken, the Atlantic slave trade, and even the origins of the bird itself.

We’re following all the breadcrumbs along the path of this golden gastronomic achievement of mankind. 

20:22

25 Oct 2019

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.

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.

18:03

27 Sep 2019

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

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

23:33

30 Aug 2019

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.

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.

13:47

26 Jul 2019

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.

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.

20:36

27 Jun 2019

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

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

21:17

24 May 2019

Plot twist: The rooster sauce was created by a Vietnamese refugee, but is American-made, and Thai-inspired.

Plot twist: The rooster sauce was created by a Vietnamese refugee, but is American-made, and Thai-inspired.

21:23

27 Apr 2019

The complex origin and nationalist agenda behind the iconic Thai noodle dish.

The complex origin and nationalist agenda behind the iconic Thai noodle dish.

21:39

30 Mar 2019

A journey into the history and culture of dim sum – why it’s served on trolleys, what the path to becoming a dim sum chef is like, and the painstaking work behind a simple har gau.

A journey into the history and culture of dim sum – why it’s served on trolleys, what the path to becoming a dim sum chef is like, and the painstaking work behind a simple har gau.

19:38

22 Feb 2019

Where did bubble tea begin - and why has it become so popular - we deep dive into this chewy drink made for Instagram.

Where did bubble tea begin - and why has it become so popular - we deep dive into this chewy drink made for Instagram.

27:40

17 Dec 2018

Michelin announcement sees fine dining French restaurant Caprice get back its third star, and the British chef gives us some quick dinner solutions.

Michelin announcement sees fine dining French restaurant Caprice get back its third star, and the British chef gives us some quick dinner solutions.

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