On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, Naomi Duguid has spent her life exhaustively traveling and documenting the greater part of Southeast Asia. Her cookbooks have introduced the true cuisines of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, greater China, and now Burma (aka Myanmar) Her latest tome, BURMA: Rivers of Flavor, explores SE Asia’s largest country, a rarely traversed region sitting at the crossroad of India and China. Waterways up and down the Irrawaddy river, a year round growing season, plentiful rice paddies, and deeply personal cooking full of crispy fried shallots, turmeric, banana flowers, dried shrimp powder, curries, culminate with simple yet sensational national dishes like Mohinga, rice noodles with fish broth usually eaten as breakfast. Get your flavor passport ready! This program has been sponsored by Hearst Ranch.

“The word ‘steamed’ is not very appetizing to people when you think about meat… I don’t know where this notion of ‘bland’ comes from in in terms of steamed meat, when in fact, it’s succulent.” [19:58]

“There’s a light-handedness to the flavoring [of Burmese food] that I find very interesting.” [24:27]

Naomi Duguid on THE FOOD SEEN