David Rocco's Dolce South East Asia

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 13 - Art In The Gallery

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In the land of temples, Thailand is a draw for travellers from around the world. Over the last two decades many of the small towns and communities were losing their youth to the bright lights and opportunities of the big city. Today, art and food is slowly returning and is offering a new sense of hope and playing an import...

Season 1, Episode 12 - Women Of Bangkok

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Bangkok is the capital and the cultural hub of Thailand. Every year tourists from around the world flock to the city to visit its temples, markets, and of course to sample the amazing food - something Bangkok is known for. David meets three generations of women who are contributing to Bangkok’s success - from a Michelin St...

Season 1, Episode 11 - The Simple Life

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Life is complicated. In Bangkok, like in so many big cities, people are busy, working hard and just barely getting by. That’s just how it is. But what if there was another way to live, a simpler way. David meets a few locals who through food and architecture are champions and activists for a simpler and perhaps a better w...

Season 1, Episode 10 - Siem Reap Art Will Save Cambodia

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The famed temples of Angkor Wat withstood the civil war of the 1970s and today the town of Siem Reap and the temples have become a tourist destination and a bustling centre for arts, culture, and food.

Season 1, Episode 9 - Phnom Penh, A New Start

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In the 1970s Cambodia was a blossoming country until the Civil War. David meets a few locals who through music, dance, and the culinary arts are helping to heal a nation and reconnect with its past.

Season 1, Episode 8 - New Saigon

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The Vietnam War forced many Vietnamese families to flee Saigon for other parts of the world. Their children are often referred to as Viet-Kieu, people of Vietnamese descent who grew up outside of Vietnam. David explores the incredible food scene of this dynamic city and meets a few Viet-Kieu who have now returned to their ...

Season 1, Episode 7 - War Is Over

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Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as many of the locals call it, is the largest city in Vietnam. The fall of Saigon in 1975 marked the end of the Vietnam war and a victory for the communist north. The country was mostly economically and politically isolated until the government introduced reforms in 1986. Today, Saigon welcomes ...

Season 1, Episode 6 - Singapore

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Singapore is a modern metropolis that may seem slightly authoritarian, but if you scrape below the surface, you can find the true grit of the locals. With so many people from so many different cultures, Singapore is truly a diverse place where you can find just about any kind of food and the opportunity for a better life, ...

Season 1, Episode 5 - Three Inspiring Stories

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Everyone has their story. Creating a vision for your life is not easy, and is often scary. In Kuala Lumpur, David meets a few inspiring people who through food, have taken a leap of faith, which made a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

Season 1, Episode 4 - Women's Power

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After facing injustice and inequality, a small group of women came together to say enough is enough. Because of them, Malaysia is now taking the lead in muslim nations 'women's rights'. Over a few delicious meals, David meets several inspiring female activists who share their experiences with sexism and discrimination, an...

Season 1, Episode 3 - Being A Refugee

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David is in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. KL has a long history of being the landing place for many different people - which has given it a reputation for being a diverse and culturally open society with an incredible food scene. As with many regions around the world, Kuala Lumpur has seen a rise in the amoun...

Season 1, Episode 2 - Art In Georgetown

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David heads to George Town, Penang to explore the multicultural hub and its incredible food and art scene.The artists in George Town are breaking new boundaries to inspire many through their work to create a new energy and excitement for this island city.

Season 1, Episode 1 - Finding Purpose

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Penang is the epicenter of Malaysia's food scene. The coming together of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures, gives the food in Penang an identity of its own. David meets a few of the locals who share their love of food and how they have found their life's purpose.