Celebrity talks: Benjamin Law with Adam Liaw
On food, travel and art
On a recent trip to Taipei, journalist Benjamin Law encountered the extraordinary 'Meat-shaped stone’, which features in the Art Gallery of NSW exhibition Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. Resembling the traditional simmered pork dish dongpo rou, the stone is one of the most visited and beloved objects in the Taipei museum.
To celebrate the Year of the Pig, Benjamin chats with one of Australia’s favourite cooks, authors and commentators, Adam Liaw, about his adventures in Chinese cuisine, his appetite for Asian cultures, and the influence of their shared Chinese heritage in their work and daily lives.
Born in Malaysia to an English-Singaporean mother and a Hainanese Chinese father, Adam Liaw lived in several countries through his youth. A winner of MasterChef, he is a food columnist for Fairfax and The Guardian, and the author of six hugely popular cookbooks on Asian cuisines. He also hosts Destination flavour on SBS, the sixth series of which – Destination flavour China – is now available on SBS.
Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of The family law (2010), Gaysia: adventures in the queer East (2012) and Quarterly essay 67: Moral panic 101 (2017). The family law is now an AACTA-nominated TV series for SBS which he created and co-writes. Every week, Benjamin co-hosts ABC RN’s weekly national pop culture show Stop everything.
Part of the Sydney Lunar Festival
Image: Adam Liaw