National Ka Pakistan's latest season is an adventure-filled ride to Pakistan's best food experiences

Updated 19 Jul, 2021 11:14am

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In each of the eight episodes, Chef Saadat draws inspiration for his dishes from the local people and cuisines of various regions.

In each of the eight episodes, Chef Saadat draws inspiration for his dishes from the local people and cuisines of various regions.
In each of the eight episodes, Chef Saadat draws inspiration for his dishes from the local people and cuisines of various regions.

What represents Pakistan's uniquely diverse cultural landscape the best? The strikingly rich variety of cuisines it has to offer, of course.

Indeed, Pakistani food is best understood in its cultural context. And a Youtube show has set out to do just that.

National Ka Pakistan is back after three years and its portrayal of the Pakistani food-travel experiences, featuring veteran Chef Saadat, is bigger and better than ever.

But this is not just another cooking show — instead of bringing the local food traditions of various regions to his kitchen, Chef Saadat is taking his kitchen to places across the country, literally.

In season 6, he equips his snazzy red Land Rover with cooking apparatus, food ingredients and even a roof-mounted tent before setting out on an adventure-filled journey to a number of Pakistan's unexplored — and some familiar — spots.

From Karachi's bustling streets to the snow-covered Kumrat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, we get to experience a new location and region in each of the eight episodes this season.

In all these episodes, Chef Saadat gets inspiration for his recipes by meeting the natives of each city or village, learning first-hand about their cooking methods and traditions and often incorporating local ingredients into his dishes.

So whether it is Saadat preparing a delectable shrimp biryani by the seaside, attending a wholesome Bohri wedding or experiencing the thrill of parasailing in Khanpur, we get to see all that Pakistan has to offer with its people's unmatched hospitality, cultural diversity, and scenic landscapes.

Chef Saadat makes grilled chicken amidst lush trees in Zahir Pir.
Chef Saadat makes grilled chicken amidst lush trees in Zahir Pir.

In the words of video creater Hamza Bhatti, National Ka Pakistan is like "a cooking masterclass, but paired with Bear Grylls' adventure videos".

What truly left Bhatti inspired is the variety of communities highlighted and showcased on a platform that ably connects the world to the many rich but remote areas of Pakistan.

While Bhatti was most impressed by the portrayal of Pukhtun culture in the show, what excited digital creator Khadeja the most was the representation of her native Sindh's spirituality, hospitality and food.

Other influencers too found the series to be not just thoroughly entertaining watch, but also skillfully representing their individual communities and cultures, empowering each enough to showcase what sets them apart on one of Pakistan's most celebrated video platform, YouTube.

Lifestyle vlogger Rida Syed used the trend #NationalKaPakistan to share insightful information about the food and wedding traditions of her Bihari community.

Chef Saadat explores Moola Chootak in Balochistan.
Chef Saadat explores Moola Chootak in Balochistan.

Our favourite influencer couple, Patangeer, also stepped forward to endorse National Ka Pakistan and visited a small Hindu village near Mirpurkhaas.

In their words, the community was "immensely warm and welcoming", and they not only got to "experience their rich culture, traditions, and food but also their local wedding ceremony which was truly once in a lifetime experience."

Watch a snippet of their adventure here:

Influencer Daniyal Sheikh, meanwhile, recalled his visit to Kartarpur and talked about the Sikh community in Pakistan and their religious and cultural values.

In a nutshell, from the adventure lovers to the food connoisseurs, there's something for everyone in season 6 of National Ka Pakistan.


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