A week or more ago, I highlighted a vlogger from China who made it big by showcasing her talent of making handmade crafts and traditional foods. Her YouTube channel name is 李子柒 Liziqi and her videos range from her making strawberry wine to furniture out of bamboo. Once I subscribed to her, I found that she was not the only Chinese girl on the block teaching us about traditional local foods and the village way of life. As YouTube always does when you subscribe to one content provider, they will eventually start recommending similar material. I have decided to list the ones I am currently addicted to now. Before I post my list, I will add that so far, I love all the channels and find uniqueness in all of them. In saying this, I have also noticed that in a few of the comments and articles about some of these influencers many have highlighted the fact that a few of them have stolen from 李子柒 Liziqi in terms of style and the general idea behind the videos. While I can say that Liziqi does have a higher quality approach to executing her work in a very artful and aesthetically pleasing manner, no one has stolen from her. Perhaps they were a bit inspired, but I can see the differences in what they do and can enjoy each of them equally.
A vlogger who seems to be stacked against Liziqi is Dianxi Xiaoge; she also produces similar programs with many videos showcasing her foraging in her garden for vegetables, flowers, and plants. She then shows herself turning them into delicious meals. Yes, I do see the similarity to Liziqi here, but I think Dianxi Xiaoge fills a void. They both have the adorable grandparents, and we see them playing pie-piper to the funny pets. I could be naïve in saying this, but there is room for more people like Liziqi and Dianxi Xiaoge. I am a mega-fan of Liziqi but still can enjoy Dianxi Xiaoge.
YouTube Channel Name: 滇西小哥
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQG_fzADCunBTV1KwjkfAQQ
Drunkard Lee is another vlogger who is always cooking up something delicious. Her YouTube page says, “I have stories and wines, share traditional green foods in rural areas!” There is very little information about this vlogger other than her body of work and it speaks volumes.
YouTube Channel Name: 酒鬼小莉 Drunkard Lee
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT4_rFXULf5E1rWtJC8Kk3w/about
Cooking With Sros
Cooking with Sros is another YouTube channel I personally love. Soros also produced videos cooking tradition foods in the outdoors. I am still unsure where Sros is from, but if I had to guess I would say Cambodia or the Philippines. I find Soros to be refreshing, and I love the way she introduces the food she is about to prepare. Sros says she is not a professional chef, but she would like to share her homemade foods with the world.
YouTube Channel Name: Cooking With Sros
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHp19YI5Alff6jfadPx4l6Q
This channel started putting up videos in 2017, and before I saw the channel; I recall seeing video clips making its rounds on Facebook. This channel showcases the food that keeps a community going and brings them together. From what I can see, most of the work is done by grandmother and granddaughter, but the grandmother seems to be the star of the show. In every video she can be seen cutting up heaps of cabbages, peppers, cleaning fish or chopping up something in a very satisfying way.
YouTube Channel Name: Village Life
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIgx7XgSXm9mS3awEWpA4KQ
龙梅梅L (Long Meimei L) is another similar vlogger who produced traditional food in a rural location. 龙梅梅L also prepares her food in a very rustic way, she has many videos of herself collecting herbs, plants, and meats to prepare traditional dishes while also showcasing village life.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKu9dQPZcggDmZagZIXGicg/about
This vlogger has been on YouTube since 2016 showing off her skills at making Cambodian dishes in a rural setting. Polin Lifestyle shows a real country girl going off into the woods, mountain, rivers or sea to collect a variety of food to prepare on camera. This channel is as authentic as they come and does a very good job of showing the best of Polin Lifestyle.
YouTube Channel Name: Polin Lifestyle
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4gDBTG2BMuiwJp_Fe2i_2w
I hope others find these channels and what these women are trying to accomplish as exciting as I do. I will leave it at that by saying I am sure one of these channels will tickle your fancy.