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June 19, 2007 11:34 AM   Subscribe

Cooking Master Boy (中華一番) is food-related TV that you might enjoy. There is more information about the show on Wikipedia.
posted by rxrfrx (31 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Well, that certainly is a show. And you certainly do find more information on Wikipedia.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 11:41 AM on June 19, 2007


A wikipedia entry and a youtube search. You're only a baby step further than vronsky.
posted by Dave Faris at 11:43 AM on June 19, 2007


Wow, I haven't seen this in a long time. I can't believe it's on Youtube. I think 90% of the pleasure of watching this comes from watching the ridiculous reactions from the judges. For example, they'd have a bite then look like they just had a heart attack or a stroke, then young becoming ladies will dance to show allegorically the flavors of the food dancing on his tastebuds. Or a rising dragon breathing fire would rise up as you'd hear the judge exclaim, "THE FIERY HEAT OF IT! IT'S WASHING ALL OVER ME." The first time I ever saw an episode of this It reminded me of [SPOILER ALERT?] the judging from the end of "God of Cookery." (Seriously, if you have not seen this movie, you have to. It's one of my all-time faves)
posted by kkokkodalk at 11:44 AM on June 19, 2007


This is the driest FPP ever.
posted by chuckdarwin at 11:45 AM on June 19, 2007


Yeah, it's very reminiscent of God of Cookery.
posted by rxrfrx at 11:47 AM on June 19, 2007


Just in case this post sticks around: the Wikipedia description reminded me of two excellent cooking-rivalry movies, Gam yuk moon tong (The Chinese Feast) and Tampopo. Pretty much everyone who's into food-porn movies has seen the latter (along with Babette's Feast, Big Night, et al), but I've rarely met anyone who's even heard of The Chinese Feast. Trust me, it's worth seeking out. (For one thing, it's the only movie my ex-wife—a professional chef—gave her seal of approval to as accurately showing what a restaurant kitchen is like.)
posted by languagehat at 11:50 AM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


I liked this post, and think too many cooks in this thread are trying to spoil the soup.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:51 AM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Also, for those of you who ever that, "Hey, superheroes and stuff are cool, but what about a comic or cartoon that speaks more to what I like...cooking?" (Hey, who hasn't?)...Well, don't be disappointed, the manga/anime world is full of cooking-themed plotlines to fill your need.

Do you like sushi? Why not read about the exciting adventures of the King of Sushi? Like Pokemon, but also like to eat? They have something for that too!
Want a "hero who has random characteristic that makes him special even though he's not that remarkable or actually downright stupid in every other way" cliche you see in your anime and RPGs? Why, read about the guy with specially warm hands that helps him make awesome bread!!

The world is your oyster!! (Is that even a pun? I don't know!)
posted by kkokkodalk at 11:56 AM on June 19, 2007


ObIfIWatchThisShowAmIGoingToWantToBeEntertainedInAnHour?
posted by DU at 11:58 AM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


PS the best dishes in the world are Sichuan. Eating a big Sichuan meal is like getting a lethal beatdown by delicious.
posted by rxrfrx at 12:03 PM on June 19, 2007


PS the best dishes in the world are Mexican. Eating a big Mexican meal is like getting a lethal beatdown by delicious.

Sorry, I had to fix that for you.
posted by chuckdarwin at 12:10 PM on June 19, 2007 [3 favorites]


I love love love Yakitate! Japan. I even went to the consulting baker's bakery in Kyoto. No crazy bakery shenanigans, sorry to say :( But yummy breads!
posted by spec80 at 12:15 PM on June 19, 2007


Oof, just noticed kkokkodalk's last link.
posted by spec80 at 12:16 PM on June 19, 2007


As weird as I expected.

Is there a house-cleaning manga/anime? I could use someone who was superpower AND wanted to clean my apartment...
posted by pupdog at 12:33 PM on June 19, 2007


Your favorite lethal beatdown by delicious sucks.
posted by NationalKato at 12:39 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Is there a way to convey the internal reaction of food appreciation without overdramatizing? Because I'd really like to know what it is for when I have to convince someone of the best ever status for a restaurant. Like the southern style barbecue I had on Sunday that was so good I have an involuntary salivary response even now thinking about it.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:33 PM on June 19, 2007


Is there a way to convey the internal reaction of food appreciation without overdramatizing? Because I'd really like to know what it is for when I have to convince someone of the best ever status for a restaurant. Like the southern style barbecue I had on Sunday that was so good I have an involuntary salivary response even now thinking about it.

Where I'm from, we usually just shorten that to 'Woooo!'
posted by pupdog at 1:38 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


I have an involuntary salivary response even now thinking about it.

When I think about Sichuan food, especially a dish involving a lot of red oil, I start salivating, and also hallucinating the heat and numbing, and then I sweat a little on my face.
posted by rxrfrx at 4:53 PM on June 19, 2007


Does anyone know what they are translating as "soup"? Mapo Tofu is the combination of Numb, Heat, Color, Aroma, and... Soup?
posted by team lowkey at 5:44 PM on June 19, 2007


Stay classy, Dave.
posted by vronsky at 6:53 PM on June 19, 2007


Well, it's no Glen Campbell video, that's for sure.
posted by Dave Faris at 7:30 PM on June 19, 2007


greaser babies
posted by vronsky at 9:23 PM on June 19, 2007


team lowkey, I'd bet that soup = stock.
posted by barkingpumpkin at 5:36 AM on June 20, 2007


Does anyone know what they are translating as "soup"?

When he's making the tofu and he says "this is the special property of heat" and that character comes up and it says "Soup!" he yells "tong!" which means either "soup" (湯) or "heat" (燙) depending on the tone. "Heat" would make sense here, and I'm guessing that the thing was dubbed into Cantonese first, and then subtitled in English by someone who listened to the audio but didn't pay attention to the context (or the big character on the screen). Also, earlier in the cooking, when he asks for soup (which is quite obviously just a bowl of soup) and adds it, he says soeng for soup, which is another way of pronouncing 湯 (in addition to tong).
posted by rxrfrx at 6:15 AM on June 20, 2007


Yakitate Japan and Cooking Master Boy- we love these manga/anime in our house!

Particularly Cooking Master Boy... we still make fun of the cooking and the judging when we are in the kitchen, because it's just so funny :)

But much fun, of course!
posted by EricGjerde at 7:54 AM on June 20, 2007


I netflixed The Chinese Feast l-hat. Every review complains about the subtitles. Did you find them bothersome or are you fluent in mandarin?
posted by vronsky at 9:23 AM on June 20, 2007


Did you find them bothersome or are you fluent in mandarin?

I'm pretty sure the movie's in Cantonese. At any rate, I've never been bothered by wacky Hong Kong subtitles; for me, they're part of the fun. ("It's too crowdy in here!")
posted by languagehat at 10:44 AM on June 20, 2007


So, is 湯 understood to be a particular soup? A basic ingredient that would be used in lots of dishes? Even translating it as "stock" isn't very satisfying. What kind of stock? A seaweed broth that adds a savory taste? I just assume I'm missing something when they claim that Mapo Tofu is some kind of perfect food because it incorporates all Five Flavors and one of those flavors is Soup, but maybe I'm just over thinking a plate of soy beans.
posted by team lowkey at 11:36 AM on June 20, 2007


湯 is soup, like "soup" in english. I guess my last comment wasn't clear. The character that flashes on the screen when they're talking about the "soup flavor" appears to be 燙, which means "heat" (like, because they boiled the stuff up hot), but is pronounced similarly to 湯.
posted by rxrfrx at 1:31 PM on June 20, 2007


I think I get it now. I was watching the General's description of the dish. It's much clearer now that I've gone back to watch them actually describe what they're cooking. When they say the Five Flavors are Heat, Aroma, Color, Soup and Numb, what they mean is Spicy-Heat, Aroma, Color, Warmth-Heat, and Numb. I didn't quite follow your explanation because they already use Heat as one of the flavors. So it's simply a mistranslation of the word that means "extreme warmness" and sounds like the word for soup. Thank you.
posted by team lowkey at 2:17 PM on June 20, 2007


Ah, yeah, sorry. The first heat is picante.
posted by rxrfrx at 4:33 PM on June 20, 2007


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