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Parody Of Popular Chinese Show On British Food Goes Viral

Date Added 27/05/2014

A parody of a highly successful Chinese food show called A Bite of China has gone viral in China, generating almost 800,000 views in just a few days.

Titled A Taste of Britain, it satirises the stereotypes of British food held by many Chinese people - some of whom label British cuisine as "simple and violent".

Created for an English talk show on China Radio International, the parody explains: "There is one secret known throughout all kitchens in Great Britain." The suspense continues: "From an early age, the British are taught…", it pauses, "that small potatoes cook faster than big ones".

Co-host Stuart Wiggin is seen carefully sprinkling salt on a potato, explaining that a tasty snack like this can keep British people going "literally all day long".

"Chinese people absolutely adore their own cuisine," Wiggin told the BBC. "The Bite of China is well-produced, and everyone has seen it."

This parody got so much attention, he says, because it "resonates with them because of food, and they can have a laugh. They`ve all heard about of the stereotypes".

`Dark cuisine`

And the stereotype of the British as a nation of potato-eaters is widespread. When the British Embassy of China recently asked internet users to describe British food in three words, the responses were almost unanimous: "Potatoes, potatoes, potatoes."

"This is the highlight of Britain`s dark cuisine," said one microblogger. Another posted: "I envy them. At least they don`t have to crack their minds every day thinking what to eat for the next meal."

The embassy responded with a tongue-in-cheek introduction to different kinds of potatoes - King Edward, Charlotte, Desiree - and a selection of cooking techniques. The response from some was brutal: "Potatoes are potatoes. Stop trying too hard!"

The oddest online discussion though concerns a "famous" British dish called the Stargazy Pie - which even many Brits may never have heard of. It features a pastry dome with a few fish heads poking out, and along with the humble potato it has come to epitomise British cuisine in Chinese eyes.

"Oh it`s so brutal. The poor fish died with their eyes wide open," said one commenter. "Great Britain`s creativity has broken the limit of the sky!"
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