Do you travel for food? We do! Do you plan your vacations around food, or semi-around food? We do too!
As a Third Culture Kid (TCK), born and raised in Indonesia, my palate has enjoyed so many amazing dishes. My wife, also born and raised in Indonesia, loves to try dishes from around the world too. We love to learn the culture of that local area we are vacationing or visiting for business and one way of doing that is through the local dishes.
As Deborah Cater said, “You have to taste a culture to understand it.”
Today we will be taking you on a few of our family’s most favorite international food shows on YouTube and other online channels where we learn about the foods eaten in different countries and cultures. There are tons of food shows on YouTube, Netflix, and other online channels for sure. However, these are just a few of our most favorite international food channels that my wife and I enjoy over these last couple years.
Ask Doug – Highlighting great YouTube and Online Food Shows we enjoy – Part 1
Strictly Dumpling is one of our favorite food shows to watch on YouTube. We couldn’t say it any better when he says “I love food!!!” Mike not only shares a variety of different foods and cuisines from around the world, even though he favors dumplings, but provides a lot of information about the foods and their origins. You are getting more than “it tastes awesome” when you connect with Strictly Dumpling. You are also learning to the point you want to visit those locations where he is eating yourself. Short Awards has a great write up about Mike Chen – https://shortyawards.com/11th/mikexingchen. Another great online article about Mike Chen is at CNBC – https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/13/strictly-dumpling-youtuber-mike-chens-most-expensive-food-day.html
In Mike’s own words “Strictly Dumpling covers all that is food! Because we live to eat and hope you do as well!” Well said, Mike. My wife and I love to travel here in the U.S. and overseas. We love to enjoy the foods of the area we are traveling, especially in Southeast Asia where my wife and I were born and raised.
Mike Chen was born in China and grew up in the U.S. and started his YouTube channels back in 2013. Mike’s food vlogging has taken him from places in the north and south hemispheres looking, tasting, and learning about all kinds of local dishes and cuisines. Mike not only provides amazing video of the foods he is sharing with us but has such a heart and desire to go beyond the taste of food by sharing his enthusiasm and volume of knowledge about those delicious dishes.
One of the major reasons we love to watch Strictly Dumpling on YouTube is because Mike connects with many locals of that area to find out what and where the really good authentic foods of that area are located. One of our favorite quotes of Strictly Dumping is “I have always felt the best way to explore a new culture is taking a bite out of it.” His research of what the locals vote is why we prefer to follow what Strictly Dumpling and other food shows on YouTube suggest in the area. They know because they follow the locals!
We have many favorite Strictly Dumpling videos we enjoy and most of them circle around these countries – Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan. In fact, due to Strictly Dumpling’s great information and other food shows on YouTube, my wife and I have decided to visit different parts of Singapore, try great noodle and dim sum shops in Hongkong, put Vietnam on one of our vacation stops, and head over to Japan through the next few years as we go on our annual vacations to Indonesia.
You can learn more about Mike Chen and follow his online social channels (not all of them listed here) –
- Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/haveadumpling and here at https://www.instagram.com/mikexingchen.
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/strictlydumpling
- YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/strictlydumpling and here at https://www.youtube.com/user/MikeyChenX.
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“Somebody Feed Phil,” a Netflix series, caught our attention this past year even though the series started back in 2018. The show has a different twist of foods in the area Phil is visiting. We also enjoy the pureness of the show which is wholesome for even kids to view. You can also tell Phil is a family man, especially how he brings his Dad and Mom into each show and also brings in his family, like when he did the Copenhagen hour show.
Is “Somebody Feed Phil” a typical online food show? Well, that all depends on who answers. Right?! The “hardcore” foodie folks would say “no way.” This show is a bit different than YouTube food channels for sure. Yet, it is another take on what another person enjoys when visiting other places and cultures. But for others, like my family, we love the different style of how Phil Rosenthal does his shows. Not only does “Somebody Feed Phil” want us to visit those areas he has shared with us, like going to Lisbon Portugal, but his humor has won both my wife and I over as die-hard fans of the show and of Phil and his whole family – especially his folks!!
You can enjoy “Somebody Feed Phil” visiting quite a few places throughout our great culinary world such as
- New York City
- Lisbon – one of our two family favorite – we actually are visiting this city in the next few years just because of this show.
- And Tel Aviv, to name a few.
The third season of Somebody Feed Phil, just out in May 2020, was bitter sweet. It was great to see Phil with his humor throughout the five episodes. It was also wonderful that he included his daughter and wife in some of the episodes too. Sadly though, his mom Helen was only in one of the five shows since she passed on in October 2019. Phil shared, in the end of the Montreal episode, a little about his mom having ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Our heartfelt condolences to Phil and his family for their loss of Helen, his mom. We know how Phil feels since we also lost our mom, my wife’s mom, who passed on suddenly to Glory a couple of years ago. What was really cool is Phil still called in to his dad towards the end of the episode with Phil’s wife most of the time sitting next to her father-in-law. That was so sweet!
You can learn more about “Somebody Feed Phil” and follow his online social channels (not all of them listed here)
- Web site – https://philrosenthalworld.com
- Netflix series of “Somebody Feed Phil” – https://www.netflix.com/title/80146601
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/philrosenthalofficial
- YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3FavQ2UcL8gL0CE5Dw76jA