Few countries in the world come close to China in terms of food source variety. Now a culinary TV documentary has stirred quite a response in China for its rare glimpse into the depth of the nation’s diet.
The show, A Bite of China, was produced by China Central Television Station, China’s largest TV outlet. With the aid of high-definition recording, the documentary series is awash with images of palatable food, ranging from the precious matsutake inhabited in remote mountains to steamed buns, staple food in many parts of northern China.
But the show offers more; it tells of the stories behind the food. Each episode comprises of common people engaged in food production, such as a tofu maker, rice wine brewer and shrimp paste processor. Their life stories are simple yet also filled with issues about human nature, heritage and the struggle between modernity and tradition, which adds twists and luster to the production.