Welcome to my “Recommended” series of posts. These will be weekly – for now – posts about resources and sites I have found over the past while that I found so excellent, I want to share them with you, my dear readers. 🙂 Whether or not I continue to post these, and how often they are posted, will depend on feedback. Please feel free to comment below, and if you have a favorite resource of your own, do share, and I will review them for possible future posts.
I hope you find these recommendations as useful and enjoyable as I have!
In the past, I’ve recommended a couple of Chinese YouTubers, Liziqi, which has been around for less than 3 years, and XiaoXi’s Culinary Idyll, which is only about a year old (at the time of this writing).
Today, I’m recommending a third Chinese YouTube channel I’ve been following; Dianxi Xiaoge. This channel, like the others, is a young one, and has been around for almost 2 years.
This channel has some similarities to the other two, in that it basically follows along as the host does various things. She does sometimes talk directly to the camera, but otherwise, there is only ambient conversation. The focus is on showing what and how she is doing various things, most involving the growing, harvesting, cooking and preserving of a wide variety of Yunnan food.
Dianxi Xiaoge’s videos do show a lot more other people, with various family members and others included.
There is another big star in these videos! Dawang the dog!
What a gorgeous, gorgeous animal!
While most of the videos are centered on food, there are a few exceptions, such as this video, on weaving a stool out of grass!
This one even includes text that explains what’s being done.
New videos are posted weekly, which is pretty impressive, considering the scope of some of them.
It must be so remarkable, to live in a place where such an astonishing variety of foods and spices grow.
It’s a bit of a thing to watch a pig’s head being used like that. When I was a kid, we sometimes had pigs. When we butchered them, we gave the head to the dogs.
Also, I totally intend make myself a cutting board out of a slab of tree, like the one she uses. 😀
As a resource, there really isn’t a lot we can recreate ourselves, but I still find them inspirational, and the videos get me thinking outside of what I’m used to. I’m fascinated by the tools that get used, whether it’s the big cleaver she uses for everything from chopping up bones one minute, to making delicate slices the next, or the specialty blades and tools used for harvesting various plants, fruits, roots and more, to the various crocks, pots, baskets and more.
I hope you enjoy these videos as much as I do!