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Two Asian Kitchens

by Adam Liaw

My life has been filled with beautiful memories of food: hawker noodle dishes eaten as a child in Malaysia, late-night suppers near my apartment in Tokyo, the best grilled chicken from a Thai street market, and my grandmother’s famous Hainanese Chicken Rice. These dishes all sit fondly in my memory, but they also tell their own stories of rich tradition and culture. They are stories that are centuries old, but which have not yet ended. With each new dish we make we add our own experiences and tastes.

There is a Confucian proverb that translates roughly to ‘Consider old things to understand new things’. This is the essence of the Two Asian Kitchens. The Old Kitchen represents the traditional dishes of my history, while The New Kitchen tells the next chapter in the story of the food I love.

Adam Liaw


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01 April, 2011

About Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw is an Australian MasterChef winner, author and UNICEF Australia's National Ambassador for Nutrition. A former lawyer, Adam worked in the corporate world for more than a decade and is acutely aware of the challenges facing the working cook. His best-selling debut cookbook, Two Asian Kitchens, and its follow up, Asian After Work, were praised by critics and food lovers alike. A regular contributor to numerous publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, Feast magazine and The Wall Street Journal's Scene Asia, Adam also hosts the popular SBS television food and travel series Destination Flavour and Destination Flavour: Japan. He lives with his family in Sydney, Australia.



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