Join acclaimed chef and owner of the Sydney restaurant Red Lantern, Luke Nguyen, as he explores the sights and tastes of Vietnam. Luke meets his extended family as he travels from Saigon to Hanoi, showcasing the fresh, tasty and sometimes spicy cuisine and uncover the secrets of Vietnamese cooking on his way.
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 a journey of Vietnam’s southern region, Luke travels from Saigon, through the Mekong Delta, and north along the coast to the World Heritage-listed city of Hoi An. Along the way, he meets many 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.
In series two, Luke returns to the country of his heritage – this time to take a culinary journey through the northern regions of Vietnam. Starting in Hue, Luke travels through the northern countryside, visiting the natural wonders of Ha Long Bay; stopping at the bustling and French-inspired Hanoi; and making his way to the beautiful mountains of Sapa. Along the way, he prepares dishes in locations that represent an authentic Vietnam – in all its chaotic vibrancy.