Season 1, Episode 27

Eastern Hemisphere Files - Volume 2

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Eastern Hemisphere trips in The Eastern Hemisphere Files - Volume 2, in which he further explores Australia and Egypt. In Melbourne, Tony and his friend Matt head to Sydney Street, a bustling shopping district filled with immigrant restaurants and markets. They sample fresh Middle Eastern food and delicious lamb kebabs. Tony spends the next morning walking around Melbourne's Chinatown with Tony Tam, a local chef and food writer. Dainty Sichuan, a popular local restaurant, is a wonderful example of authentic Sichuan food. Tony Tam takes Tony to enjoy some delicious, spicy favorites from southwestern China. Then, Tony and some chef friends gather for a stereotypically Australian pastime: the barbie. On a rooftop overlooking the Parliament building, they feast on shrimp, wagyu beef, succulent lamb, and fresh vegetables. Paul Wilson takes Tony to the Royal Mail, a culinary wonderland in a tiny countryside farming town outside of Melbourne. Chef Dan Hunter gives Tony a tour of the restaurant's garden before cooking a delicious lunch of locally-grown ingredients. They enjoy fresh vegetables, fresh calamari, kingfish, and pigeon, and a variety of other home-grown specialties. In Sydney, Tony finds himself at Gardel's bar, listening to music by indie artist Lanie Lane. Gardel's is followed by one of the hottest restaurants in town, Porteno. At Porteno, Tony dines on blood sausage, pig's head, and slow-roasted lamb ribs, skin and shoulder. In an effort to avoid the lines of tour buses snaking their way to the Sphynx and Pyramids in Egypt, Tony visits with the locals to get a taste for what it means to be Egyptian. He hits the streets to sample koshary, a local delicacy in Cairo. Then, he heads to the open desert with a group of Bedouin men to kill and cook a goat, then sleep under the stars.
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