A Bite of China

Dinner tonight was a hard-boiled egg, a giant wedge of watermelon, a handful of walnuts, a bunch of cheese, a bowl of fruit and bran flake cereal with soymilk, a spoonful of creamy peanut butter, and a glass of self-brewed luo han guo (羅漢果) tea.  Yeah…  I know it doesn’t sound very appetizing, but it was good sustenance to fuel a couple of rounds of myVEGAS slots and Candy Crush whilst chair-dancing to Energy Zürich and taking a short break to Skype with my mother.

As my very close friends and family know–I can’t cook.  But I sure fool everyone on Facebook with a ton of mouth-watering Pinterest photos, hehehe…  😉  

I just loove looking at photos of food.  Well, I like eating food, too.  Smelling it, hearing it, tasting it, feeling the delicious sensations filling my mouth and going into my tummy…  I’m totally a self-professed foodie and love anything and everything to do with food.  I love watching cooking shows and can pore over recipes for hours online.

Unfortunately, I almost never get around to actually making anything.  Partially due to time constraints, partly due to monetary constraints, partly because it’s not fun to cook for one, partly due to the fact that I’m too embarrassed to cook for anyone else, and partly out of sheer laziness.  😛

But my lack of culinary skills don’t prevent me from pinning everything there is to pin on Pinterest and drool over shiny pictures of good eats.  So when my friend E- showed me a documentary on the history of food, eating, and cooking in China, I was all eyes and ears.  A Bite of China is a 7-episode series of Chinese food porn.  Remember the movie Eat Drink Man Woman?  It’s kind of like that, but in real life.

The 7 episodes are the following:

  1. Nature’s Gift
  2. The Story of Staple Foods
  3. The Inspiration of Transformation
  4. The Taste of Time – This episode focuses on the different preservation techniques and preserved food across the regions
  5. Secrets of the Kitchen
  6. Balancing the Five Tastes
  7. Our Rural Heritage

I only watched the first two dubbed in English, but they were utterly delightful.  Episode 2 was particularly enticing, as it highlighted my favorite grub–carbohydrates!!  Fragrant steamed buns, hand-spun long life noodles, chewy rice cakes, succulent filled dumplings–I was drooling like a leaky faucet while munching on my pizza in front of the tv.

Here is Episode 2 in English from YouTube:

Oo la la!  They also have the original episodes on YouTube in Chinese Mandarin, too.  Everything was portrayed in a beautiful light, with hard-working peasants producing the food from the land.  Everyone smiling, happy happy joy joy all around.  There was even a sentimental theme song in the background to boot.  I was all excited in anticipation of the later episodes when I came upon this:

Uh oh.  Looks like there was some scandal about things not being portrayed the way they really were.  Ah, I guess it was all too good to be true.  Oh well.  I guess the rose-tinted glasses are off now.  But it was still good while it lasted.

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