"A Bite of China" is a popular food program featuring tasty and traditional dishes from across the country. But now, there's a parody, which comes from a group of Chinese university students. "A Bite of Dormitory - Instant Noodles" has become hugely popular, satirizing a huge staple in the diet of student life.
It's a deliciously funny parody, a homage to the culinary delights and delicacies of life in a student dormitory.
Since its release on Saturday on the Sohu video portal, "A Bite of Dormitory: Instant Noodles" has had more than 1.82 million hits and was searched over 30,000 times in under 48 hours.
The eight-minute film was made by a group of students from China Youth University of Political Studies in Beijing. It's unlikely to win any awards for cinematography. But it certainly succeeds in taking a humorous bite out of "A Bite of China", which is currently drawing record ratings in its second season.
"There are eight of us in the team. We're all on the same course, and all live in the same dorm. We're very close and are all huge fans of 'A Bite of China'. We had some spare time, so we thought we could create our own version," said Wang Suwei, director of "A Bite of Dormitory".
The homemade video mimics all the aspects of the famous TV series - the voiceover, settings, video cuts and music. Even the narrator’s emotions sound the same.
But it's what's on the menu that really stands out.
The film is an in-depth look at the height of cuisine that is instant noodles - the ingredients and the preparation. As the video says, it's "a feast that people from all over the world celebrate", "a taste bud GPS that locks onto those cherished dormitory memories."
"We shot the scene of me carrying the noodles three times. The director wanted me to smile naturally but I got nervous in front of camera. Acting is really hard, but it's also a lot of fun," said Zhang Kun, main actor in "A Bite of Dormitory".
The low-budget spoof has made an instant online splash.
As well as the comedy, many people say it grasps the very essence of dormitory life, and even lifts instant noodles to a higher level of culture they deserve.