August 31st has just passed but because I was on my way back to China I couldn’t write a Blog Day post on time. Honestly, I think it’s all for the best because all the five blogs I recommended last time show almost no sign of life and are basically presumed dead, so this year I may have spared five innocent blogs from the evil curse of the FOODragon or something.
Instead of blogs, I would like to recommend something else, which kinda like a blog but takes it up a notch – a Youtube channel. Chances are many of you already know Off The Great Wall but just in case you don’t I am dedicating this entire post to their fine work. My first encounter with OTGW was the video they made about the Chinese family tree and all the special words you for each and every relative. It went viral for a reason and later on they also made the Cantonese version.
The reasons I chose this particular channel are three-fold. One – it’s an awesome channel. Two – a significant amount of the content is about food and language. And third – since the target-audience is overseas Chinese who want to learn more about their heritage, the channel focuses on the Cantonese culture. This is very interesting to me because I live in Beijing so I am mostly exposed to Mandarin and the culture of northern China. Therefore, that’s what I mostly write about, so in a way they complete me…
Since it’s a food blog, the video I would like to recommend you the most is their excellent REAL Dim Sum Guide. It’s almost everything you need to know about dim sum, packed into four and a half minutes:
The reason I say almost is because there’s another video about the dos and don’ts of dim sum restaurants:
And speaking of how to behave in a restaurant, here’s a funny video about the Chinese I-must-pay-the-bill-at-all-cost principle:
Another amusing video is the Forks Vs Chopsticks Epic Duel:
Not so long ago I dedicated an entire post to Fruit in China but apparently I missed a couple:
Another very informative food video is the Chinese Festival Foods which lists the special snacks for each holiday in different parts of China:
If you weren’t subscribed to this excellent channel before, I am pretty sure that having seen this compilation, you are subscribed now. Some of the other past videos you should check out are The Egg (I hope I don’t behave like this and somebody please put a bullet through my head if or when I do), the tasteful expression Eating Soft Rice, the Ugly Duckling classic fable but with a Chinese twist, the (non)Chinese food and more.
I hope you enjoyed watching this compilation at least as I enjoyed making it. Till next time!