Chopsticks or Fork? begins on Friday 11 June on ABC iview

Photo: Teresa Tan

“In rural Australia, the Chinese restaurant has long held a special significance, whether as the first culinary experience to fragrantly suggest another culture to locals or a far-flung destination for proprietors, chefs and their families.

It’s a crossroads – with sweet and sour pork and Mongolian lamb. With a love of good food and bad puns, comedian Jennifer Wong enthusiastically visits a different regional Chinese restaurant in each of these six quarter-hour episodes, gently revealing tradition, quirks, and how cooking can help maintain a community.

Some of these restaurants are now third-generation ventures, making them sturdy links in the lengthy Chinese diaspora in colonial Australia, and Wong distinguishes variants such as Chinese-Malaysian menus alongside the point where local habits meet Chinese history, while referencing plenty of sizzling hero-dish shots.

The tone is definitely sweet, not sour, with a glowing Wong being presented with deep-fried ice-cream and declaring, “I’m like an eight-year-old again!” She’s not the only one.”

– The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 June 2021

In Australia? Watch the show on ABC iview.

Overseas? Watch the show on the ABC Australia iview app, which can be downloaded on Google Play or on the App store. Overseas viewers can also watch the show on the ABC Australia TV channel.

Chopsticks or Fork? is directed by Lin Jie Kong.

Read more about Chopsticks or Fork? in The South China Morning Post.