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02-17-2013, 07:24 PM
I was not aware of a documentary "A bite of China" until I saw it on SBS2 on Saturday. A very beautiful production by CCTV, it is, I think. There are seven episodes in the series. Searching online/youtube will reveal many uploads.

Here's episode one with english subtitle:


02-17-2013, 07:47 PM
That's a great documentary. I hadn't realized how difficult farming lotus root was until I watched it.

02-18-2013, 12:09 AM
Nice ! thank you for this .

02-18-2013, 05:40 AM
You just gave me something to watch the next few nights, we are opening a Chinese influenced restaurant in 7 weeks..
However I have found an English dubbed version.

02-18-2013, 08:57 AM
Great video, its amazing the work going into some raw ingredients.

02-18-2013, 01:14 PM
Very interesting!

02-18-2013, 03:44 PM
I should have put more description earlier.

A Bite of China (Chinese: 舌尖上的中国; pinyin: Shjiān shng de Zhōnggu) is a 2012 Chinese documentary television series on the history of food, eating, and cooking in China directed by Chen Xiaoqing (陈晓卿) and narrated by Li Lihong (李立宏). It first appeared at the China Central Television in May 14th, 2012, and quickly gained much popularity.[1][2] Having started filming in March 2011, This seven-episode documentary series introduces the history and story behind foods of various kinds in more than 60 locations all around China.[3] The documentary has also been actively encouraged as a means of introducing Chinese culture to foreigners, forming a component of China's soft power.

I have fetched HD episodes, subtitled ones from busyfatbee (http://www.youtube.com/user/busyfatbee), and English dubbed ones from voicecn (http://www.youtube.com/user/voicecn). So, I can go through the series off-line now :-)

The series has a website at www.a-bite-of-china.org (http://www.a-bite-of-china.org) with some recipes and articles.
CCTV also hosts online episodes of the program (http://english.cntv.cn/special/a_bite_of_china/homepage/index.shtml).

And as a side note, Fuchsia Dunlop's Every grain of rice US version is out too.