Jonathan Phang's Gourmet Express

May 2018

Ep6 - Budapest To Vienna

3.7 2 x
In the final chapter of Jonathan's journey, he starts in Budapest, where he tackles an ancient dish inspired by blood sucking leeches at the influential Bock Bizstro. He meets TV chef Zsofia Mautner who’s pioneering a fresh approach to traditional Hungarian food and gets behind the scenes at one of the city’s most famous coffee houses - Gerbaud. Since Budapest is all about spas, Jonathan strips off to enjoy these healing waters. The Venice Simplon Orient-Express takes him to Vienna, where he ta...

Ep5 - The English Jour...

3.0 1 x
Jonathan takes the British Pullman to Whitstable in Kent where he faces his phobia for oysters. He goes foraging on the beach with ‘fine food forager’ Lucia Jackson and cooks a gourmet dinner with his finds. His Northern Belle journey takes him to Rutland, the smallest historic county in England, where he has an early morning start making artisan bread. He then uses this bread to embark on a bread and butter pudding cook-off with Mark Beastall the chef of the Michelin starred country house hote...

Ep4 - Penang To Bangkok

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In George Town the historic capital of the Malaysian state of Penang, Jonathan explores a Sunday morning market and sends up buying a 100 year-old egg which he eats back on the train with chef Yannis Martineau. The train stops off at the infamous bridge over the River Kwai and Jonathan pays his respects at the war graves there. On to Bangkok with its markets, temples and food on every street corner, where Jonathan gets the ultimate lesson in making Thai green curry from one of Thailand’s most p...
April 2018

Ep3 - Singapore To Penang

3.0 3 x
In Singapore, Jonathan meets executive chef Christopher Christie who is in charge of 30 restaurants at the 8 billion dollar 'wonder of the world' that is the Marina Bay Sands. He takes on a chilli crab challenge and cooks with young British chef Ryan Clift who is making a name for himself with his molecular approach to gourmet cuisine at the award-winning Tippling Club. He then boards the Eastern and Oriental train from the world famous Raffles Hotel, and travels through the night to Penang in ...

Ep2 - Bucharest To Istanbul

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Jonathan Phang retraces Queen of crime Agatha Christie's footsteps in a journey which inspired her most famous novel - Murder On The Orient Express. This sees him travelling from Bucharest to Istanbul through the Carpathian Mountains to the former royal resort of Sinaia - where he cooks a wild venison dinner in a hunting lodge. In Bucharest Jonathan explores the emerging food scene and cooks with Mircea Dinescu, a poet and political revolutionary turned restaurateur. In Istanbul Jonathan explor...

Ep1 - Venice To London

3.0 2 x
Jonathan Phang, a self-confessed bon viveur with a passion for gastronomy, feels the allure of old world glamour and sets off on a gourmet journey crossing continents aboard some of the world's most elegant trains. Jonathan boards this historic train at Venice train station and travels via Innsbruck to Paris and then on to London. In Venice, he explores the Rialto food market and cooks scampi which he buys with chef Ivan Cantenacci. He visits the palazzo Lezze, home of Marie Bagnasco, on the Gr...