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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Barrow Hairy chef’s new show full of Eastern promise

A VOYAGE to the East by popular chefs the Hairy Bikers, Barrow born Dave Myers and pal Simon King, is to form the basis of a new series exploring Asian cuisine.

The pair spent time in Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan and Korea, to discover the origins of some of Britain’s favourite imports.

And the first programme in The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure series will air tomorrow at 8pm on BBC2.

The pair kick off their voyage with a trip to Hong Kong, the place UK Chinese food originates.

Dave discussed the significance of the region in bridging East and West.

He said: “We started out in Hong Kong because that’s the root of the Chinese food that we grew up with, which was on every street corner in the UK.

“Hong Kong is really the gateway to the East. But now, we see it as China’s gateway to the West.”

From there, the two made their way to Thailand, Dave’s personal highlight of the journey.

He said: “It’s impossible to eat badly in Thailand. The Thai people have this enormous love of food, and it’s a bit of a melting pot as well,with mixtures of sweet, sour, savoury and hot.

“It’s really exciting.”

They finally traveled to Japan and Korea.

From sushi in Japan to Korean fried chicken, the hairy duo take a look at the classics, as well as some things that may surprise.

And food is not all that’s on the menu. Dave and Si had a go at sumo wrestling and went to a Japanese bath house while on their travels.

Tomorrow night’s show will see them pole dancing as a way to make noodles.

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