Season 1, Episode 5

Asia Files - Volume 5

We've compiled the best of Anthony Bourdain's Asia trips in The Asia Files - Volume 5. He explores Iraq, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In Iraq, he visits the Erbil Market and sips on traditional tea. Next, Tony and crew head to a picnic where Tony speaks with locals about how the area has been rapidly developing. They enjoy biryani, a common rice dish, grape leaves stuffed with rice, and meat kebabs. Later, Tony meets with American military personnel and discusses how relatively safe Kurdistan is compared to the rest of Iraq, as well as the future of the Kurdish nation. They enjoy shawarma, eggplant soup, okra, kebabs, and a pastry known as the gut bomb. Tony heads to Turkey for a classic Turkish breakfast of lamb, cheeses, breads, olives and strong tea. Then he gets the best tour of Istanbul from a very knowledgeable cab driver. Next, Tony meets up with a local artist to try lahmacun, a Turkish-style pizza and one of the original fast foods of Turkish cuisine. Next stop, Dubai. Tony stops at a Pakistani restaurant for a taste of the working class: curried mutton and chicken tikka. Finally, Tony goes snow skiing indoors at Ski Dubai inside the Mall of the Emirates to escape the sweltering heat.
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