Anybody else watching "Flavorful Origins " on Netflix?


#1

I’m liking it, in a hypnotized sort of way.

On Eater.

Netflix’s ‘Flavorful Origins’ Is a Celebration of Food From China’s Chaoshan Region

" In stark contrast to its roll-out of celebrity chef shows like Ugly Delicious and Chef’s Table , Netflix barely promoted the new Chinese-language food series Flavorful Origins prior to its launch this week — there wasn’t even a trailer cut for this new series. But in terms of its format and scope, there’s nothing else in the Netflix catalog quite like it. If you’re a fan of docuseries like Ugly Delicious or Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat , there’s a good chance you will find something that piques your interest in this exploration of regional Chinese cuisine."

And

“the big difference here is that the focus is never on the life of the chef, but rather the life of the dish. You see the farmers picking the ingredients out in the fields and orchards…”

Also

" Flavorful Origins is , perhaps, the food porniest thing you can stream on Netflix right now.". :flushed:


#2

I added this to my Netflix watchlist last night. Can’t wait to get to it this weekend.


#3

Thank you so much for announcing this— I tend to avoid the food documentary rabbit hole, but am loving this—- I’ve understood Chaoshan to have a revered cuisine and now see why!

Shame on Eater for not mentioning it’s directed by A Bite of China director Chen Xiaoqing (not that Netflix makes that easy to learn—- I learned via https://twitter.com/fuchsiadunlop/status/1099629646423810048?s=21 ).


#4

Other new things are Lucky Chow and a new season of Chef’s Table. .

Mostly a note to myself!


#5

Very interesting and well-produced work. Not really a cooking thing but focused on ingredients and their cultivation and use. Anyone know what this series was produced for (Chinese TV maybe)? It’s an unusual, at least for me, perspective.

An aside… had to wonder why the Netflix closed captioning (in English) was so full of significant word differences from the English language narration.


#6

I thought it was a refreshing format, where the focus was entirely on the food / ingredients vs. celeb chef profiles.


#7

Excellent review in LA Times


#8

Do you know how I can watch “A Bite of China” by director Chen Xiaoqing?

Currenty unavailable on Amazon.


#9

Easily accessible on YouTube. Great series, I’ve watched almost all of them. Available in Chinese and English.


(K. Laurence) #10

I just finished watching the whole series. I would dole them one at a time when I needed a little foodie pick-me-up. After watching each I always crave dumplings or noodles.