Great news for PBS 'foodies': international culinary icon Martin Yan is launching his latest installment of the Yan Can Show. Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam is a 26-episode series that will explore the breathtaking landscape, colorful history, generous hospitality and many stunningly beautiful and tasty dishes of Vietnam.
For months Martin has traveled extensively throughout Vietnam, from its spectacular snow-capped mountains in the north to the intricate network of canals that make up the water world of the Mekong Delta in the south. In the legendary Ha Long Bay, Martin visited schoolhouses constructed on water and surrounded by majestic limestone mountains that rise from the sea. In historical Hoi An, he admired streams of floating paper lanterns on the canal during the moon festival.
He paid tribute to Vietnam's rich history, visiting ancient temples and monuments in Ninh Binh, and the imperial palaces in Hue. In Ho Chi Minh City, he joined in the morning commute, buzzing around town in the back of a motorbike in search of breakfast and other daily necessities of modern Vietnam.
He traveled by plane, train, boat, bus, car, motorcycle, bicycle, atop a water buffalo cart and on old fashion leg power. In Buon Ma Thout, he crossed a lake on top of an elephant to reach an ethnic village where time appears to have stood still. He toured coffee plantations, dragon fruit farms and organic vegetable co-ops. In Martin's customary hands-on style, he joined local farmers harvesting their rice crop, and fishermen casting their nets for shrimp, squid and other sea bounties.
Each episode is a combination of two colorful location segments and one studio cooking segment in which Martin displays his amazing culinary skills in front of a studio audience, and at times sharing the spotlight with talented Vietnamese chefs.
And of course, this being the Yan Can Cook Show, viewers will be treated to a wide array of colorful and delicious dishes, from popular street vendor offerings to elegant dishes from the imperial kitchen. Pack your bags and your appetite.
Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam, and it's delicious!