The BEST Episodes of Flavorful Origins
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 16, 2021
Network: Tencent Video
Delve into the delectable world of Chaoshan cuisine, explore its unique ingredients and hear the stories of the people behind its creation.
#1 - Preserved Radish
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
An age-old Chaoshan tradition, the preserved white radish can put an innovative spin on various dishes, from spare ribs to stir-fried squid.
#2 - Mutton
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 20, 2020
#3 - Gluten
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 20, 2020
#4 - Niang Pi
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 20, 2020
#5 - Souherb
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 2020
#6 - Gua Gua
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 20, 2020
#7 - Cooked Chopped Entrails of Sheep
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 20, 2020
#8 - Chaozhou Mandarin Oranges
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
A regional product, the Chaozhou orange can be deep-fried or dried and preserved to make sweet treats, while its peel can be used for zesty seasoning.
#9 - Fish Ball and Wrapped Fish
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
In Chaoshan, the lizardfish is deboned and pounded to make surimi (fish paste) -- a versatile ingredient with a uniquely smooth and elastic texture.
#10 - Beef Hot Pot
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Expert butchers in Chaoshan sharpen their knives to slice premium beef into perfect, marbled cutlets that are juicy, tender, and ready for hot pot.
#11 - Mussels
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Harvested from Nan'ao Island's shores, mussels are a summer delicacy that can be cooked with basil, folded into spring rolls and added to fried rice.
#12 - Chinese Motherwort
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Known for both taste and nutritional value, Chinese motherwort is blanched and aded to soup and congee as a breakfast favorite.
#13 - Meal of Fish
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Salted, boiled and air-dried in bamboo baskets, the mackerel scad is among many seafoods that make for a chewy, flavorful and simple main dish.
#14 - Potato
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 20, 2020
#15 - Lei Cha
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
In the Hakka tradition, tea leaves are cooked with fresh herbs, then ground with sesame seeds or peanuts in a mortar to make lei cha, a fragrant drink.
#16 - Galangal
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Galangal arrived in Chaoshan from Southeast Asia a long time ago, imbuing meat dishes like chicken and lamb with a fragrant punch.
#17 - Marinated Crab
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Garlic. Cilantro. Chili pepper. The marinated raw-crab dish varies in style from Puning to Shantou, but it's always fresh and tender.
#18 - Beef Meatballs
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Inheriting the techniques of pervious generations, makers of Chaoshan beef meatballs dedicate hours of hard work to achieve perfect texture and flavor.
#19 - Brine
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Cinnamon, anise and galangal are among the spices that go into Chaoshan brine, a key ingredient in braised offal, goose head and hot pot.
#20 - Lily
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 20, 2020
#21 - Beef Noodles
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 20, 2020
#22 - Fish Sauce
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Indispensable to Chaoshan cooking, fish sauce is traditionally made by salt-curing and fermenting hilsa herring, but new methods have cropped up.
#23 - Yusheng
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
Enjoyed with vegetables and dipping sauce, yu sheng (freshly sliced raw fish) is a delicacy with a long history in Chaoshan.
#24 - Seaweed
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 11, 2019
To bring out umami and impart the flavor of the sea, the versatile ingredient seaweed can be stir-fried, deep-fried, roasted and sprinkled on soup.