Ask the average Chinese for their view on the mainstay of the British diet, and the answer you get will be potatoes. That was made abundantly clear this week by the huge reaction to an online parody of the popular CCTV show Bite of China.
The two-minute sketch made by the comedy team from China Radio International plays up the idea that the Brits only eat the yellow root vegetable – albeit in different formats.
Called Taste of Britain, the spoof begins: “Just like China, meats and fish are popular in Britain. But in order to make that meat and fish taste extra special it has to be complemented by other ingredients. Britain only has one such ingredient… the potato.”
The sketch goes on to show a Briton happily munching on a raw potato as if it were an apple. The voiceover: “After such a tasty snack British people can literally work all day.”
The clip had over a 1.5 million views as WiC went to press, with many netizens agreeing that the country’s food wasn’t up to much.
To complement the skit the British embassy published a tongue-in-cheek guide to three kinds of potatoes – King Edward, Charlotte, Desiree – on its weibo account.
Other netizens missed the joke, taking the posting a bit too seriously. “Potatoes are potatoes,” one commented. “Stop trying so hard!”
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