Spoof 'bites' into food show

Spoof 'bites' into food show

A food-show video spoof has become a tasty topic for China's ravenous netizens, with most finding the tongue-in-cheek parody deliciously funny.

Since its release on Saturday on the Sohu video portal "A Bite of Dormitory: Instant Noodles" has won more than 1.82 million hits and has been searched 30,695 times on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo in less than 48 hours.

The eight-minute parody, made by a group of students from China Youth University, is unlikely to win awards for cinematography, but it succeeds as a biting parody of "A Bite of China", a popular documentary series on Chinese cuisines drawing record ratings in its second season.

The homemade video mimics all aspects of the original "Bite", most notably the voiceover, settings, video cuts and the music. The skit even ensures the narrator's emotions sound the same.

The farcical part comes with the choice of the famous local specialty, in this case arguably the most unimpressive food ever: instant noodles.

The spoof explains the ingredients, the process of making the dish and, in the end, calls it "a feast that people from all over the world celebrate" and "a taste bud GPS that traces down the different paths your roommates pursue and locks onto the valuable memories you share in the dormitories".

A lot of online users say that the humour is a spot-on send-up of the style utilized by "A Bite of China".

"It seems not that difficult to copy," was a common theme in the comments on Sina Weibo.

"It grasps the gist of the documentary by lifting the instant noodles to a level of culture and linking the food with the memory," a netizen named Xiaoyouduola says.

Another user Cheng Jiaming posted: "They made the plain instant noodles gaoduan (high-end), daqi (elegant), shangdangci (classy) and seemingly tasteful. Maybe 'A Bite of China' should recruit them in the production of the third season."

"It's not hard to write a good script because everybody can buy a manual of documentaries and learn from it," Chen Xiaoqing, director of "A Bite of China", said in an interview with Beijing Youth Daily.

"The style of A Bite of China has been copied and imitated since season one. And decoding it? It's absolutely a good thing."

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