CHING HE HUANG & KEN HOM Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure: Episode 1 - Beijing
Ken and Ching cook their way across China to create a definitive, modern classic of a cookbook on the world's most popular cuisine.Ken and Ching have transformed the way we cook and eat Chinese food. In this exciting new book and TV series, they journey through China on a culinary and cultural odyssey to find the old, the new and the unexpected.
They begin in Beijing, the imperial capital for 800 years. It is a city where tradition and innovation sit side by side, and where quintessential Chinese dishes - noodles, dumplings and Peking duck - are being showcased with a new culinary confidence. As well as cooking for world-class chefs in the fiery kitchens of the city's most celebrated restaurants, Ken and Ching visit the homes of ordinary Beijingers to learn traditional cooking methods. And in a break-away from the city, they travel to the forgotten village of Chuandixia, where ancient traditions are being celebrated and preserved.
China's emergence as one of the world's most influential cultures has ignited our interest in this enigmatic country, but Ken and Ching also have their own quests to explore. They arrive in Beijing to explore the influences of the West on traditional Imperial cuisine and talk to cutting-edge chefs about their take on Peking Duck.
They cook with local familes, en route to discover the influence of Buddhism on vegetarian food and whether the Chinese did actually invent tortellini in remote Kashgar before travelling to Sichuan Province, China's gastronomic capital.
But this is more than a culinary journey, this is a homecoming for Ken and Ching, and they make their own pilgrimages to Guangdong and Fujian to discover their personal and culinary roots.
Ching admires Ken's experience and knowledge, while Ken respects Ching's modern influences. Together they bring a unique and authoritative perspective on Chinese food that will surprise and inform.
In his new BBC2 series,CHING HE HUANG will be teaming up with culinary friend and colleague KEN HOM for an epic gastronomic road trip across China. Though neither were born on Chinese soil, their ancestry has always informed their work in the kitchen. The pair will rediscover the cultural roots of their cooking and, through food, open up a new side of this diverse, evolving and greatly important nation for British audiences.
Their 5000 mile journey will take them from the bustling capital Beijing, along the rural outposts of the Great Wall, through China's spicy Sichuan heartland, before exploring the influence and cuisine of minority cultures in Yunnan and finally sampling the dishes of the mystical Northern city of Kashgar, at the end of the ancient Silk Road.
CHING HE HUANG said 'This series has been a voyage of discovery for me. It has deepened my love of Chinese food and it has given me great hope for the future of this ancient cuisine. I want to share my experience with the world! It was a coming home for me and my Chinese heritage.'
The 4x60 minute series was commissioned by BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow and is produced by Paula Trafford's KEO Films. Paula added 'China is set to become the most powerful country on earth so what better way to understand a culture than through its cuisine - especially for a nation where food is absolutely at its heart.'