Real Food of China

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Real Food of China
13 x half Hours
Traveling through different regions of China, this series explores the different styles of cooking and shows the recipes being created by local people. Produced by Alan Lindsay, (1988)

The Real Food of China

An exciting and fascinating documentary series which explores and endeavors to begin to understand the mystery of China through its people and its food. Every meal time in China one billion sit down to eat, what they eat is determined by their ethnic background, the food available in their province and by a traditional cuisine that stretches back further than any other on the planet.

Home cooks and restaurant chefs alike proudly share their skills with the viewer. Where one may have more finesse than another, the feeling and respect for food is intuitive. Cooking techniques are exquisitely refined; simple concepts make the most of available heat sources while maintaining or enhancing the natural beauty of the food. The superb economy of Chinese kitchen equipment: few tools are used but each is multi purposed and fully ultilised.

The thirteen half hour episodes take us to country villages, backstreet tea houses, city apartments – to the vast workshops of the Imperial Palace to the family breakfast table, to a provincial chef who dives in the Bohai Sea for the ingredients of his simple but exquisite dishes.

 

All of these dishes that are shown cooked are presented step by step so the viewer can cook them in their own kitchens and share the adventure. The recipes are given in Western measurement standards.

This is a series not only for the cook but for the traveller.
13 x half hour episodes.
Written, Produced and Directed by Alan Lindsay.