Embark on a mouth-watering journey through the slums of Asia, where you would least expect to find lip-smacking foods created from some unusual ingredients.
Slumfood Millionaire celebrates the flavorful and often unknown dishes made by talented cooks in the slums of Manila, Bangkok, Mumbai, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, and Kota Kinabalu. Using inexpensive and often overlooked ingredients, they concoct scrumptious dishes synonymous with their communities. Their passion and resilience prove that good food need not be elaborate or expensive.
Fancy a taste of waterfall pork, sea urchin rice, or grilled stuffed frog with pork? A gastronomical adventure awaits. The cooks will also introduce us to their way of life and how they get by with what they have.
For its episode 1, it featured Tondo, Manila, Philippines. In Manila’s largest slum, innovative cooks create crunchy and spicy chicken from leftovers; a flavourful soup using pig intestines, and savory fried pork belly treats.
Episode 2: Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Featured dishes are creamy pufferfish stew, umami sea urchin rice, and tender tapioca cakes. These are the bastions of a migrant cuisine unique to a water village away from the Kota Kinabalu mainland.
Episode 3: Klong Toey, Bangkok, Thailand. Vendors from Bangkok’s notorious Klong Toey slum showcase their delicacies, from tangy raw ‘dancing’ shrimp; grilled kidney and pork to Isaan blood and bile meat salad.
Episode 4: Borei Keila, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Perfectly-grilled spicy frogs, stuffed frogs with pork, and fermented fish dishes were wartime staples that have now become beloved dishes of the community of Borei Keila.
Episode 5: Kamal Muara, Jakarta, Indonesia. Sardine ceviche, homemade sago balls, and stir-fried spicy chicken feet are some of the featured foods. This fishing village offers a glimpse into their lives and shares their favorite dishes inspired by Bugis and Javanese taste buds.
Episode 6: Dharavi, Mumbai, India. Meet Dharavi’s famous Chinese-Indian cook serving delectable fusion treats with his signature Manchurian sauce, and an idliwalla who shares his secret recipes for fluffy idlis and crunchy vadas.
Don’t miss Slumfood Millionaire on CNA.
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