The BEST Episodes of A Bite of China
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jul 3, 2020
This series explores the history, traditions and culture of Chinese food. Filmed at over 160 locations across China, this series truly is a feast for the senses. The seven-episode documentary series introduces the history and story behind foods of various kinds in more than 160 locations in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The documentary has also been actively encouraged as a means of introducing Chinese food culture to those unfamiliar with local cuisine. tt3748768 also.
#1 - Heart's Message (心传)
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 25, 2014
In the old city of Beijing,within a short distance,you can have a taste of authentic Turkish food,genuine Spanish seafood paella,or prime French cuisine.People come across food from around the globe,and their taste has assimilated with that of the whole world.However,there always exists food that has not been discovered,hiding in the hills and valleys,rivers and seas,deserts and grasslands in China.These are the realms of secrets that we want to explore.
#2 - Episode 2
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 20, 2018
#3 - Our Farm (我们的田野)
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 20, 2012
The final episode explores the relationship between people and the production of food, specifically how people have adapted to living in geographically diverse regions of China. In Guizhou, the Miao, Tong and Zhuang ethnic minorities have been cultivating glutinous rice for thousands of years. Off Zhang Zi Island, divers search for sea cucumbers in Asia's largest marine pasture. In Zhejiang, hairy crabs are cultivated in vast numbers. On the Yangtze river delta, the labour intensive taro are grown. In Tibet, highland barley is processed into Tsamba. Finally in Beijing we meet a man with a rich rooftop vegetable garden in the middle of the city.
#4 - The Taste of Time (时间的味道)
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 17, 2012
This episode explores both modern and traditional ways to preserve food - from salting and drying to stewing and smoking. Learn to make kimchi with the Korean ethnic minority of north east China. In Hong Kong sweet cured meats are popular. In mountainous Hunan, discover the famous Souse fish of the Miao ethnic minority. Learn about the Hui style smelly fermented perch. Other foods include Jinhua ham, dried seaweed, dried mullet and shrimp paste.
#5 - Inspiration for Change (转化的灵感)
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 16, 2012
This episode looks at several traditional methods of processing food to produce distinctly Chinese delicacies, in particular fermentation. Explore many different varieties of tofu in central China and several varieties of fermented dairy products in Inner Mongolia. Other food processes include alcohol in Shaoxing, preserved meats in Zhejiang and fermented vegetables in north east China.
#6 - A Perfect Blend of Five Flavors (五味的调和)
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 19, 2012
This episode examines the flavours that dominate Chinese cuisine. Sweet, salty, spicy, sour and bitter. In Guangdong we see the traditional production of sea salt. In Shanxi we see the traditional production of vinegar. In Sichuan, the chilli and Sichuan pepper vie for supremacy. Foods featured include sweet onion pancakes, sweet preserved duck, Wuxi style sweet pork ribs, Macau style tangerine peel duck, salt water chicken, fish aroma pork strips, broad bean chilli paste, Sichuan hotpot, fishball and seaweed soup.
#7 - Secrets of the Kitchen (厨房的秘密)
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 18, 2012
This episode looks at the various cooking traditions peculiar to the Chinese. In the Tibetan village of Nixi, handmade black pottery pots are the favoured form of cooking. In the Guangdong town of Shunde, Ouyang Guangye cooks a traditional country banquet, including a whole steamed pig. In Yangzhou, Chinese chefs demonstrate their knife skills. In Hunan we visit a Chinese cooking academy and the home of one of the teachers. In Hong Kong, artist Liang Yihu runs a social club where she collects stories and recipes from elderly Hong Kong residents.
#8 - Gifts from Nature (自然的馈赠)
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 14, 2012
This episode explores the rich bounty of food that is nature's gift to the Chinese people. Elf ear mushrooms gathered near Shangri-La on the Tibetan plateau, bamboo shoots from Zhejiang and Guangxi, traditional salt production and Nuodeng hams in Yunnan, lotus roots from Hubei and Henan, ice fishing in northern Heilongjiang, and finally trawling in the South China Sea.
#9 - The Story of Staple Foods (主食的故事)
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 15, 2012
This episode explores the staple foods that comprise the base of the Chinese diet. Examples are shown of the five traditional grains of China: rice, wheat, broomcorn millet, millet, and beans. Uses for all of the grains are also shown, from sticky rice cakes to noodles, dumplings and breads. It also explores the cultural divide between the southern preference for rice and the northern love of wheat.
#10 - Footsteps (脚步)
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 18, 2014
In China ,the habit of having breakfast dates back to Han Dynasty 2000 odd years ago.Since then,the majority of Chinese people have had three meals a day,which is beneficial to living and production.Although having three meals a day,has almost become a common diet pattern worldwide.In China,however,the pattern embodies various life experiences in different paces of life.
#11 - Seasons (时节)
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 2, 2014
Most of great food is fissile spectacle resulting from combination and crash of different ingredients.If compare it with human relationship,some would be regarded as amazing perfect match.Some meet by chance but touched us deepiy.Some can only make us regret not letting them meet sooner.Human activities lead to the gathering of food.The separation and reunion of food,on the other hand,also controls people.What Westerners called “destiny”, is called”Yuan fen ”by Chinese.
#12 - Daily Domestics (家常)
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 9, 2014
Home where life begins is also one’s ultimate safe harbor.Under the same roof they cook together,eat together.They use food to unite and consulate family members.Though pots and pans are everydayness,they are symbols of Chinese living style and more of a reflection of the Chinese ethics.People grow up,in love,be apart,reunite.In some sence,enjoy home cooking is also an experience of various tastes of life.
#13 - Encounters (相逢)
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 16, 2014
China,a country with varieties of geographical encironment and climates.People work from day to night.As spring planting,autumn harvesting,summer cultivating and winter storing.There is a tight schedule exist in the cycle of season and has maintained over thousand years.Compare to the agrarian age people have gradually estranged from the nature.Nevertheless,by following the footsteps of their ancestors and cooking their own foods have become the unique cooking way of Chinese.This is the story of time and is the secret of how Chinese get along with nature.
#14 - Episode 1
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 19, 2018
#15 - Episode 3
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 21, 2018
#16 - Realm of Secrets (秘境)
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 23, 2014
There are a thousand pairs of hands with a thousand flavors.Chinese cuisine is mystic and hard to duplicate.From the countryside to the downtown area,cuisine is still inherited via teaching face to face.The wisdom from ancestors,the secret from family,the tips from mentorship,the understanding from gourmet.Every moment of gourmet is created attentively generation by generation.
#17 - Three Meals (三餐)
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 30, 2014
Life always pushes us to strive forward regardless of our willingness.Prepared to depart,people begin to trudge.Where they settle,there is cooking fire.From the migration of individuals to the transportation of food ingredients,from the evolution of cooking methods to the alternation of human destiny,the footsteps of human and food never cease.