Food doc presents the warmth and atmosphere of Chinese families

Dans une scène de la troisième saison de <em>Once upon a bite</em>, fishermen in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, enjoy the fruits of their labor after a hard day's work.  Photo: Courtesy of Tencent Video

In a scene from the third season of It was a bite, fishermen from Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, enjoy the fruits of their labor after a hard day’s work. Photo: Courtesy of Tencent Video

As a Chinese saying goes, “People can make a living from nature through hard work.

Tencent Video’s streaming site It was a bite, the latest culinary documentary by Chinese directors Chen Xiaoqing and Li Yong, aims to tell how people make a living from the resources of the sea.

From north to south, the intelligent Chinese living along the coast have successfully supported themselves and their families by relying on the sea. Exploring this theme, the eight-part documentary series delves into Chinese seafood culture.

Behind these delicious dishes lie stories about China’s traditional family ties that Chen Xiaoqing, known to Chinese audiences for his series of sensational food documentaries, is so good at presenting.

For example, take the first episode of the new series, which features four dining tables and four families.

Young father Li Tianyou hopes his family of four will be happy in the future; Old He hopes for a better life for the younger generations; Liu Huiqun’s New Years Eve Dinner at Bayu seeks to create deep memories; and Lin Benben’s parents quietly pour their love for Lin into the seafood feast. These beautiful and warm stories are the best interpretation of flavor in the world and why the first two seasons of It was a bite, still hold a 9/10 on the Chinese press review site Douban.

“Our understanding of food gradually deepens, and we will gradually feel the difference as our cognition changes. I think food is full of uncertainty, but it is precisely because of this uncertainty that we will pay more attention to the charm of the food itself, “director Chen told media at a preview event for the show.

As well as providing a comprehensive panoramic overview of the magnificent vastness of China’s oceans, the series also captured the hearts of young audiences by featuring fisherman’s stories full of a positive attitude towards the future.

Some of these residents still use traditional methods passed down from generation to generation to catch fish and harvest gooseneck barnacles, an expensive delicacy harvested from hard surfaces of rocks and wrecks in the intertidal zone of the ocean.

Despite the changes brought about by China’s rapid development, people living by the seaside still believe that the future will be better through hard work.

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