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Rachel Khoo's Malaysia

A Cook Abroad Episode 6 of 6

Cook and food writer Rachel Khoo heads to Malaysia, home of her extended family, to explore one of the most exciting cuisines on the planet. From the tropical shores of a remote fishing village to a foraged feast deep in the jungle, Rachel travels across this multicultural country to find out whether good food can unite a nation.

On this journey of discovery Rachel delves deep into her own family heritage. Starting in the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur, she gets her first insights into Malaysian food and culture from family members she hasn't seen since childhood. In her dad's old school she meets cooks and students and begins to find out why Malaysian food is so complex.

Finally, in Penang, the undisputed food capital of the country and where her family story began, Rachel discovers why Malaysia is a great place to be young, female and Muslim. As she unpacks the multicultural culinary history of Malaysia, Rachel reveals layers of her own family history and gains a more profound understanding of what it means to be Malaysian.

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59 minutes

Last on

Sun 24 Jul 2016 11:00

Rachel Khoo on making episode 6

Rachel Khoo on making episode 6

My trip around Malaysia was part about reconnecting with my Malaysian roots but also packed full of discovery and adventure.

From the flavours to the people there was so much inspiration to be found from visiting Malaysia. For instance I never expected to be eating squirrel in the jungle with the Orang Asli tribe! All I will say is that I won't be putting a squirrel recipe in my next cookbook.


Role Contributor
PresenterRachel Khoo
Executive ProducerGill Tierney
Series ProducerKaty Fryer

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