Oh, where would we be without SBS? Starting with the earlier Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia years ago, to its successor, the recent Food Safari series, then in the past couple of years, we have Matthew Evans’ wonderful Gourmet Farmer from Tassie. Now following the two fantastic series of Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam (his third series Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong is coming this summer) comes the long awaited My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita which just premiered tonight. We were told earlier this year we would get 6 episodes, but now, fantastic news, we will actually get 10 episodes in all!
What impresses me most is that these SBS food shows are all so worth repeated viewing, not only for the authentic ethnic food but also all the gorgeous landscapes and sceneries of various countries. The presenters all come across as very humble and of course knowledgeable with their respective cuisines and able to provide respectable insights to their varied cultures. What with the wow-factor dependent, all lights and fireworks with very little substance, smoke and mirrors editing, and heavily sponsor-debted shows like Masterchef Australia that have very short term viewing values, I’m certainly grateful that SBS has quietly gone about producing so many worthwhile and long-lasting quality food shows for us to enjoy now and certainly in years to come.
Ep 1, November 3, 2011: Colombo
Cashew nut curry
Grilled banana prawns with black pepper and curry leaf sauce
Ep 7, December 15, 2011: Galle
Seared mackerel with goat curd and Mediterranean salad