New Netflix series from the creators of “Chef’s Table” celebrates the street food of Asia

New Netflix series from the creators of “Chef’s Table” celebrates the street food of Asia

Source:  Eater

The makers of “Chef’s Table” have a new series headed to Netflix later this month that will focus on the renowned street vendors who sell inexpensive food in modest, family-run restaurants and hawker stalls in Asia.

In the just-released trailer for “Street Food,” vendors are shown preparing a dizzying array of noodles, seafood dishes, roasted meats, soups, and snacks.  It’s clear from the trailer that, much like “Chef’s Table,” the new show will cover the life stories of these talented cooks while also highlighting their signature dishes.

Each episode focuses on one destination and three or four local street food stars.  For its first season, dubbed “Street Food: Asia,” the series will take viewers to Thailand, India, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.

One of the vendors included in the series is Jay Fai, the first Bangkok street-side cook to receive a Michelin star.

“Street Food” premieres April 26 on Netflix.

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Noclip makes long-form gaming documentaries that break nearly every YouTube rule

Noclip makes long-form gaming documentaries that break nearly every YouTube rule

Source:  The Verge

Noclip’s latest documentary, an hour-long exploration of the development of the popular spacefaring indie game “Astroneer,” doesn’t look like a normal YouTube video.

Not only is it long, but it’s also completely devoid of advertising, and it fails to cater to YouTube’s all-powerful algorithm.

That’s par for the course for Noclip since the company launched in 2016.

“I knew it wasn’t going to get that much traffic, but it’s one of the most important things we’ve done,” Noclip founder Danny O’Dwyer says of the “Astroneer” video. “It’s one where I could show my parents, and they’d understand [game development].”

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Doo doo doo doo doo doo. Meet the creators of “Baby Shark”

Doo doo doo doo doo doo. Meet the creators of “Baby Shark”

Source:  VICE

Apparently, the secret is to think like a toddler.

If you’ve never heard “Baby Shark”, you’ve somehow managed to escape the most infectious song in recent memory.

The “Baby Shark” video, consisting of a simple animation of a family of cute sharks, has over two billion views on YouTube.

“Baby Shark” wasn’t an accidental viral hit.  Pinkfong, the Korean educational entertainment brand that created “Baby Shark,” has become a toddler music juggernaut over the past few years.

Part of Pinkfong’s success is their attention to all aspects of what makes a song catch on, including creating dances tailored to the limited motor skills of pre-verbal children.

VICE News visited the Pinkfong headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, to see how baby hits are made.

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Meet the growing, worldwide community who believe the earth is flat in “Behind the Curve”

Meet the growing, worldwide community who believe the earth is flat in “Behind the Curve”

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

There are scientific references to a spherical earth dating back to ancient Greece.  In 240 B.C., Eratosthenes used trigonometry and measuring shadows to estimate the Earth’s circumference.  The explorer Ferdinand Magellan returned from circumnavigating the globe in 1522.

And yet, in the year 2019, there is a stalwart contingent, united by the internet, who sincerely believe that the earth is flat.

This group is the subject of director Daniel J. Clark’s documentary, “Behind the Curve.”  He focuses primarily on a couple of the group’s charismatic leaders, Mark Sargent and Patricia Steere.

But rather than trying to disprove their beliefs (don’t worry, they do that to themselves — the Flat Earthers fund a number of scientific experiments that don’t go as well as they would have hoped),  Clark approaches his subjects with empathy and humanity.

“Behind the Curve” is sad, funny, and fascinating, but it’s also a reminder of the mental gymnastics we would all go to keep our worldview comfortably known.

“Behind the Curve” is available now on Netflix.

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Netflix’s “Flavorful Origins” is a celebration of food from China’s Chaoshan region

Netflix’s “Flavorful Origins” is a celebration of food from China’s Chaoshan region

Source:  Eater

In stark contrast to its roll-out of celebrity chef shows like “Ugly Delicious” and “Chef’s Table,” Netflix barely promoted its new Chinese-language food series, “Flavorful Origins,” prior to its launch last week — there wasn’t even a trailer cut for this new series.

But in terms of its format and scope, there’s nothing else in the Netflix catalog quite like it.

If you’re a fan of docuseries like “Ugly Delicious” or “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat,” there’s a good chance you will find something that piques your interest in this exploration of regional Chinese cuisine.

The show is broken up into 20 episodes, each around 12 minutes long, exploring specific dishes and cooking techniques found in the Chaoshan region of the Guangdong province — the most populous part of China and the location of Shenzen and Guangzhou.

Although some of the foods featured here are found in other regions, “Flavorful Origins” goes to great lengths to point out how Chaoshan preparations are unique to this area.

“Flavorful Origins” is available now on Netflix. 

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