The world is full of marvellous adventures for the serious food traveller. But for Adam Liaw, Japan is the ultimate flavour destination. Join Adam as he takes you back to Japan on a Japanese food tour from the frozen tip of Hokkaido to the tropical south of Okinawa. And everything in between.
Celebrate a truly distinctive and global Australian Christmas food journey with Adam Liaw, Luke Nguyen, Matthew Evans, Shane Delia, Peter Kuruvita and Gabriel Gate. Destination Flavour Christmas brings together the extraordinary talents of the SBS Food chefs to create a rich celebration feast that truly reflects Australia's cultural diversity.
In the final episode of the series, Adam Liaw travels to Okinawa, the island home of his favourite Japanese meals. The cuisine is made up of an eclectic assortment of unique dishes that includes Taco Rice, big beefy burgers, popping seaweed, black-sugar doughnuts, purple-flesh potato mochi, succulent pork and so much more.
Adam Liaw rides gondolas, trams and a cafe racer through Kyushu and Shikoku during this part of his food lovers' tour of Japan. He meets up with a group of grannies who used iPads and foliage to save their tiny mountain township and a farmer who feeds his pigs with organic fruit in order to produce the world's best bacon.
Osaka - it's a loud, brash and exciting city that pulsates to the rhythm of the yen. The cuisine of this crazy place is as fast and diverse as its people. Adam Liaw hits the streets to show us Osaka's incredibly delicious array of cheap eats.
Adam Liaw takes a journey deep inside the beautiful city of Kyoto. It's a living, breathing museum of Japan's precious culture and traditions.
After discovering ninety-dollar mangoes and high-grade, drinkable vinegar in one of Tokyo's most exclusive department stores, Adam Liaw finds a suburban housewife who's revolutionised children's lunchboxes by making each one an edible work of art.
Adam Liaw hits the packed streets of Tokyo in the midst of cherry blossom season, finding fabulous food in places so small that four is a crowd. A master chef shares the secrets of his donburi - a staple of the typical Japanese 'salaryman'; and Adam concocts a sweet festival favourite from bean paste and pickled cherry leaves.
After meeting a former baseball prodigy who now devotes his life to making matchless miso, Adam Liaw catches up with an extraordinary 74-year-old woman who still free-dives for abalone.
In northern Honshu, Adam Liaw gets a taste of his wife's hometown. He samples the finest hand-molded sushi, where the chef can guess his customer's cravings.
After simmering in one of the Tohoku region's famous hot springs, Adam Liaw attempts a world gluttony record: devouring 500 bowls of Soba noodles. Adam finds his sea legs with the fishing family who caught Japan's 'million dollar tuna', and then meets a man who lost his soy sauce factory in the 2011 tsunami but managed to save the lives of his workers.
Adam Liaw hosts a new ten-part series that dives deep into the story of Japanese cuisine and culture in Destination Flavour Japan, following on from the first popular Destination Flavour which aired on SBS in 2012. Adam will take food lovers on a journey of discovery along the entire length of Japan - from its frozen north, through the cherry-blossomed mainland, and down to the tropical sun-soaked southern islands.
In the final episode, Adam hits two of Melbourne's best restaurants to meet the chefs and learn what makes them tick. First he visits 'Flower Drum', a Cantonese restaurant Adam has a special connection with - he once trained there under head chef Anthony Lui. Later he catches up with Ben Shewry from 'Attica' restaurant on the beach near his home on the Bellarine Peninsula.
This week Lily tracks down the best food in Queensland's Darling Downs, from organic olives to Boer goats; Adam pairs a magnificent duck dish with a classic Tasmanian pinot, and Renee finds Australia's best butter in Sydney.
This week Adam finds premium wagyu beef and his first food hero, Cheong Liew, in his home state of South Australia, Renee meets Michelin starred chef Spencer Patrick who's set up shop in Port Douglas, and Lily hangs out with Luke Nguyen at the opening of his new restaurant in Sydney.
This week, Renee finds prime free-range pork and wild fallow deer in central western NSW, Lily has lunch with two of Brisbane's best Spanish chefs, while Adam spends a day with Turkish chef Somer Sivrioglu, whose obsession with authenticity won him first prize in the 2012 'Taste of Sydney' awards.
In this episode, Lily finds a two-hatted family-run restaurant in Bellingen and an Italian family who make authentic salami in Byron Bay.
In this episode, Adam finds Tasmania's freshest oysters and two of the Hobart's most intriguing cafes, Renee samples truffles and marron in Western Australia, while Lily joins top Sydney caterer Peter McClosky, who is preparing a lavish feast for Opera Australia.
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