July 12, 2007

Oh, come on--it's just a little cellulose!

Beijing steamed buns include cardboard

BEIJING - 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, state television said. [...]

Baozi are a common snack in China, with an outer skin made from wheat or rice flour and and a filling of sliced pork. Cooked by steaming in immense bamboo baskets, they are similar to but usually much bigger than the dumplings found on dim sum menus familiar to many Americans.

The hidden camera follows the man, whose face is not shown, into a ramshackle building where steamers are filled with the fluffy white buns, traditionally stuffed with minced pork.

The surroundings are filthy, with water puddles and piles of old furniture and cardboard on the ground.

"What's in the recipe?" the reporter asks. "Six to four," the man says.

"You mean 60 percent cardboard? What is the other 40 percent?" asks the reporter. "Fatty meat," the man replies.

The bun maker and his assistants then 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. [...]

MMMMmmmm! Sounds like a new product for Possumblog Kitchens--Chinese Tiny Morsel Hi-Fiber Buns!

Anyway, you know, I think most people would be more repulsed if they knew exactly what sort of "fatty meat' was being used, given the Asian predilection for consuming the flesh of a wide variety of undomesticated animals.

All I can say is you can rest assured our new Chinese Tiny Morsel Hi-Fiber Buns will be made with only the finest manatee.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at July 12, 2007 10:42 AM

You can bet that whatever "fatty meat" they use was rejected by the soap factory before they got it.

Posted by: skillzy at July 12, 2007 01:32 PM

"Possumblog Kitchens' New Chinese Tiny Morsel Hi-Fiber Buns not only keep you regular, they're also a great way to exfoliate and keep your skin soft and supple!"

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at July 12, 2007 01:50 PM