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A Bite of China III returns to screens5/12/2019

A Bite of China III returns to screens

The popular documentary A Bite of China, which explores the relationship between Chinese people and food, returned for its third season last month during the Spring Festival holiday.To get more a bite of china, you can visit shine news official website.

Some viewers tuned in to watch the show’s new season with the hope of understanding Chinese culture through food, while others just wanted the mouthwatering effect of seeing the delicacies featured in the documentary.Following the huge success of A Bite of China I in 2012 and A Bite of China II in 2014, the public has high hopes for the show’s third season, which is also produced by China Central Television.

The first episode of the latest season, broadcast on CCTV on Feb 19, is about a variety of cookware used in Chinese cooking, including the famous iron wok and bakeware made of stone.Cookware is the foundation of Chinese cooking, but people often forget about its importance in forming cooking techniques, said Liu Hongyan, chief director of A Bite of China III.

Ji Chi, who works in New York, said: “It makes me hungry every time I watch the documentary, which demonstrates the beauty of Chinese food so well. Also, it is surprising to see that there are so many Chinese cuisines that even Chinese people know little about.

“What’s more, A Bite of China brings me closer to home.”Ms Ji, who watched the episode online, said she plans to buy a handcrafted wok featured in the episode.She has watched the previous seasons at least twice, she said.

A Bite of China III has eight episodes, each of which lasts 50 minutes. Besides cookware, it also covers the themes of snacks, banquets, diet therapy, chefs, dim sum, food associated with traditional Chinese solar terms and fusion cuisine.

Ms Liu said she wants people to admire the beauty of Chinese food while discovering the rich culture behind it.Wei Dichun, deputy head of CCTV, said earlier that the third season will resonate with people at home and abroad.

The handcrafted iron wok has become a must-have item for many people after it was featured in the popular TV documentary, sparking the industry to recruit more young craftsmen to meet the booming demand.

The episode focused on cookware and featured a brand of iron wok that is handmade in Zhangqiu district in Jinan, Shandong province. A detailed explanation was given of how a wok is made in 12 steps, including being hammered 36,000 times to make its bottom like a mirror.

Liu Zimu, 40, who runs the wok factory that appeared in the documentary, said that only 10 minutes after the first episode was broadcast his business had sold its complete stock of nearly 2,000 pans.“In less than 10 days hundreds of thousands of orders came in,” he said.“We have about 50 craftsmen producing a little over 100 pans a day. It’d take us two years to fill the orders we’ve received.”

Mr Liu said iron woks normally sell for between 339 and 1,000 yuan (£39-115), while one made by a seasoned master is 1,299 yuan.On the Tmall online marketplace, sales of Zhangqiu woks have increased 6,000-fold since the broadcast.The overwhelming demand caused Mr Liu to close his online store on Feb 23.“I’m glad to see our products are selling well, but I’m concerned about the irrational market.”

It is not easy to produce an iron wok, he said. A total of 18 levels of heat are used under strict quality controls, while those making them must withstand high temperatures and lift heavy hammers weighing at least 16.5lb.The traditional craft was once close to vanishing. The demand for high-quality products stoked by A Bite of China has shored up confidence for them to save and redevelop the industry.

“The artisans realised that they once were ‘only’ blacksmiths, but now they have more pride in what they are doing,” Mr Liu said.Mr Liu and his two partners plan to recruit more young people as apprentices to enlarge the business and bring in fresh energy.Wu Han, 26, a native of Jining, said he was fortunate to join four years ago and become trained so he could earn a better living.Authorities have stepped in to regulate the market by formulating an industry standard and branding the Zhangqiu iron wok. The district’s market supervision bureau said on Feb 27 that an industry association should be established.

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