Raya and the Last Dragon is an epic romp through the Southeast Asian-inspired land of Kumandra, brimming with themes about trust, family and food. Nothing's better than watching a movie on a full belly, so tuck into these recipes from some of Australia’s top chefs.
Food plays a starring role in Southeast Asian culture, so it's no surprise that it's also a key ingredient in Raya and the Last Dragon, the latest movie from Walt Disney Animation Studios. You can see the movie now in cinemas and on Disney+ with Premier Access.
But Raya and the Last Dragon is more than just a literal feast for the eyes. Food is used as a metaphor to track young warrior Raya’s emotional growth throughout the story.
In this video, Kelly Marie Tran, the voice of Raya, talks about the foods she loves (we're with you Kelly, bring on the spice!) and why food is important to her and her character Raya.
In the movie, as in real life, the power of food brings strangers together, friends closer, and sons and daughters home for meals.
That’s why we asked chefs Adam Liaw, Jessica Nguyen and Sarah Tiong to share their Raya-inspired recipes for you to enjoy with your friends, family, and soon-to-be friends and family.
Adam Liaw has shared his tasty Tom Yum Goong recipe, inspired by “Raya’s father [who] gathers together ingredients for a soup as a metaphor for trust and cooperation,” he says. “They don’t say it specifically in the movie, but it reminded me of Tom Yum.”
“Whether it's a catch-up, celebration or commiseration. Food nourishes and comforts just like family does,” says Jess Nguyen, whose recipe for Vietnamese Pork and Prawn Salad is the perfect balance of salty, sweet, sour, savoury and spicy.
For Sarah Tiong, “Food and family are synonymous. Food is the one common ground where every difference can be met". Check out Sarah’s yummy Nasi Lemak recipe, a dish she says is “the ultimate expression of bringing together culture, people and history.”
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