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Luke Nguyen's Vietnam
Season 1  |  Episode 10  |  SBS  |  December 17, 2009

In the final episode of his journey, Luke continues in Hoi-An where vibrant markets are bustling and magnificent produce is on offer for him to cook with. Spoilt for choice, Luke makes the most of what the town has on offer and also journeys out of town on a food discovery tour.

In the final episode of his journey, Luke continues in Hoi-An where vibrant markets are bustling and magnificent produce is on offer for him to cook with. Spoilt for choice, Luke makes the most of what the town has on offer and also journeys out of town on a food discovery tour.

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