Who’d have thought Netflix would be our knight in shining armour during these testing times? As we continue to grapple with the global coronavirus pandemic and practice social distancing, streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar seem to have got the better end of the deal. With the ever-expanding list of shows to binge-watch at our disposal, we're spoilt for choice. While travelling might have taken a back seat, these shows offer a virtual escape.
Disclaimer: Do not watch on an empty stomach!
Taking viewers on a journey across nine Asian countries, Street Food explores the vibrant and diverse street culture of Asia. Created by the makers of Chef’s Table, each episode focuses on one Southeast Asian destination—Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Makers David Gelb and Brian McGinn highlight the connection between the food and the people who prepare it. The episodes feature three or four local street food celebrities, some with Michelin-star recognition.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
After the success of Ugly Delicious, masterchef David Chang is back at it again. And this time with our fave celebs. His latest Netflix venture Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner is the perfect combination of a food show, travel show and a talk show. Many have even compared the series to Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. The four-episode series features a prominent guest in each and has been shot across four compelling locations including Vancouver, Marrakech, Los Angeles and Phnom Penh. We don’t know about you but those of us obsessed with the show are definitely rooting for another season.
An Idiot Abroad
Sarcastic, ironic and self deprecating. We’ve had our share of Ricky Gervais’s quintessentially British humour. And yet there is room for more. An Idiot Abroad, a British travel/comedy series featuring Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington documents Pilkington’s visit to the seven wonders of the world. While Merchant wants him to change his outlook on the world, Gervais seems to be having the time of his life at Pilkington’s expense. Pilkington’s discomfort at being thrown in an alien world, out of his comfort zone, is amusing on screen. Instead of resorting to the hard-sell technique of showing how incredible each of the countries are, Karl Pilkington rather focuses on his own experiences and aspects that he finds fascinating.
The Kindness Diaries
In these challenging times, anything that can reinforce our faith in humanity is more than welcome.The Kindness Diaries, a show streaming on Netflix, does exactly that and will leave you with all kinds of fuzzies. Starring motivational speaker Leon Logothetis, the series is a quest for love, compassion and empathy. Logothetis travels all across the US, Europe and Asia with no money or lodging and is entirely dependent on the kindness of strangers to help him complete the journey. As the host sets out to drive on his 50-year-old VW Beetle, he introduces the viewers to the world of adventure, possibilities of human connection and the joy of giving back.
Gourmet Goes Tribal
Northeastern food much like the region itself is shrouded in mystery. And Columbian-Hungarian chef Pablo Naranjo Agular taps into these unexplored culinary traditions. Traversing through the tribal villages of the Northeast, Pablo discovers an array of dishes and drinks including the likes of cold Asian-style noodles and even pitha, a small pancake-like snack. Undertaking a breathtaking journey to the far east of India, the show brings to the limelight the indigenuous tribes and their culinary style.
Based on Samin Nosrat’s award-winning book of the same name, Salt.Fat.Acid.Heat is difficult to sit through if you’re hungry. Investing herself in learning the nuances of every element, Nosrat takes the viewers on a journey across some of the world’s greatest food cities. The show not only presents cinematographic food shots but also delves deeper into the food culture of countries the host visits. Each location is paired with one element. What sets Salt.Fat.Acid.Heat apart from the rest of the shows in its genre is that, unlike her counterparts, Nosrat is quite happy playing the role of a sous chef as she learns how to make an authentic Italian pesto, Japanese miso and Mexican turkey.