An investigative report that aired last week on China Central Television revealed that chopped chemical-softened cardboard was found substituted for real pork in batches of baozi (aka yummy steam buns) being sold in one Beijing neighborhood.
The bun maker and his assistants… give a demonstration on how the product is made.
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.
Soon, steaming servings of the buns appear on the screen. The reporter takes a bite.
“This baozi filling is kind of tough. Not much taste,” he says. “Can other people taste the difference?”
“Most people can’t. It fools the average person,” the maker says. “I don’t eat them myself.”
Being a fun of yum-buns myself, I must say– fatty pork I can handle, sub-standard cooking practices I accept–but CARDBOARD? That’s what I expect from fast food Disgrestaurants like:
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