Episode 108: The Traveler’s Republic of Tofu

The next country on our world tour came with preconceived notions.  Before we left, everyone had something to say about China.  Most of them were wrong.  China is amazing (to the tourist at least).  Intrepid Travel brought us to Beijing, Yunnan and Hong Kong, eating lots of MSG and unidentifiable foods.  If you want the experience without the heartburn, take the journey with us in 3 short minutes.

  • Picasso

    Wow! bellisimo! and you had a Wong Kar-wai as a guide! :- )

    how many amazing colors, faces, smells and stories.

    take care!

  • maryq

    That is a lot…And yet I wanted more! Wowee.

  • Teresan

    I wonder if that dog was for eating or if it was someone’s pet…

    • http://www.facebook.com/catcatdogcat Erik Schmitz

      I thought the same thing, but I imagine the dog was a pet. Pets have become very popular in China. They were illegal during the cultural revolution.

      • Guest

        Thank goodness it was wearing a harness, or I might have wondered the same thing! This video is amazing–how do I slow it down to six minutes or so? <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/aimee.mcadams Aimee McAdams

    Can’t wait to see more! (and hey, thanks for coming back to MN to vote! =)

    • http://twitter.com/kaleandcola Mirra Fine

      It was an important year to vote in MN! Thanks Aimee.

  • Finn

    On the trail of the elusive German Hip-Hop Artists of Schezwan…

  • Josh

    Great job guys, loved it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jean-Pierre-Rousseau/100001948467278 Jean Pierre Rousseau

    wow!my head is spining,every take should be made into its own show.this all looks fantastic.and daniel,what is in that moving bag?

    • http://twitter.com/kaleandcola Mirra Fine

      I think it was eels in the smaller bag and some sort of fish in the other. We are kicking ourselves for not asking when we were there.

  • trl123

    Salivating for more:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=706004736 Kirstin A Uhrenholdt

    WOOOOOO what a ride!!!!! Fantastic! I am fanning myself… that ending! I am getting back on….

    • http://twitter.com/kaleandcola Mirra Fine

      Thanks Kirstin!!


    You really are such a gifted filmmaker. Thank you!

    • http://twitter.com/kaleandcola Mirra Fine

      Thanks! We had a great time making it.

  • rob

    Nice show!!
    But watch out for your girl!
    Shes getting thinner and thinner! oO
    I suppose you should go more for the tofu and vegetables! 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/pianpian.c.xu Pianpian Carolyn Xu

    Hi, I found your videos totally amazing! How did you find out all these places and persuade them to let you film them? I am from China and lived in Japan as well, but I have not been to the places you filmed. You are discovering interesting things about these two countries that I even did not noticed. Thank you!

  • Naomi Williams

    What a great show! You guys blow No Reservations out of the water. (I don’t have to put up with Bourdain’s ego.) I’ve been working my way through your archives the past few days; my favorite episode so far is Mushroom Music.

    • http://twitter.com/MrTimeAttack Nikolas Malechikos

      Come on now.. No Reservations is a great show in its own right. Totally different purpouse for what Bourdain is trying to provide to his viewers.

      The work that Daniel and his wife are doing is fantastic!
      But there is no need to rip on other quality work, simply because you see an opening and feel like it. 😉

  • in china

    Hi, is there any other way to watch the video? I’m in China and Vimeo is blocked…

  • http://www.facebook.com/catcatdogcat Erik Schmitz

    I lived in China for eight months. This video brought back so many memories of the sights and sounds … oh, & also of dumbstruck children wondering what I was pointing at them (my camera!).

  • Stephen

    That shot with the pig and cow coming through the dark doorway was amazing…and then the last shot of the jaw-dropped, staring girl was hilarious and a great end. This is one of my favorite videos of all time…you guys really did a great job eating across China.