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.

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Preserved Radish

#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.

star 8.22
9 votes
Mutton

#2 - Mutton

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 8.00
5 votes
Gluten

#3 - Gluten

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 8.00
5 votes
Niang Pi

#4 - Niang Pi

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 8.00
6 votes
Souherb

#5 - Souherb

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 7.83
6 votes
Gua Gua

#6 - Gua Gua

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 7.75
4 votes
Cooked Chopped Entrails of Sheep

#7 - Cooked Chopped Entrails of Sheep

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 7.60
5 votes
Chaozhou Mandarin Oranges

#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.

star 7.58
12 votes
Fish Ball and Wrapped Fish

#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.

star 7.56
9 votes
Beef Hot Pot

#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.

star 7.50
12 votes
Mussels

#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.

star 7.50
10 votes
Chinese Motherwort

#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.

star 7.50
8 votes
Meal of Fish

#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.

star 7.45
11 votes
Potato

#14 - Potato

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 7.43
7 votes
Lei Cha

#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.

star 7.42
12 votes
Galangal

#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.

star 7.40
10 votes
Marinated Crab

#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.

star 7.36
11 votes
Beef Meatballs

#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.

star 7.36
11 votes
Brine

#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.

star 7.33
9 votes
Lily

#20 - Lily

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 7.33
6 votes
Beef Noodles

#21 - Beef Noodles

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 7.33
6 votes
Fish Sauce

#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.

star 7.22
9 votes
Yusheng

#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.

star 7.18
11 votes
Seaweed

#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.

star 7.17
12 votes
Flaxseed

#25 - Flaxseed

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 20, 2020

star 7.17
6 votes