Thursday, July 12, 2007

It tastes like cardboard, because it is

I think they had me at "chopped cardboard..." and to think how much I loved those steamed buns.

Squares of cardboard picked from the ground are first soaked to a pulp in a plastic basin of caustic soda — a chemical base commonly used in manufacturing paper and soap — then chopped into tiny morsels with a cleaver. Fatty pork and powdered seasoning are stirred in.

Chopped cardboard, softened with an industrial chemical and flavored with fatty pork and powdered seasoning, is a main ingredient in batches of steamed buns sold in one Beijing neighborhood

Tags: Beijing | cardboard steamed buns | China | steamed buns have cardboard in them

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