Chow Huh Bao?
posted by July 12 at 17:50 PMon
I’ve always wondered what made Hum Bao so terribly delicious. Now I know.
BEIJING — Chopped cardboard, softened with an industrial chemical and made tasty with pork flavoring, is a main ingredient in batches of steamed buns sold in one Beijing neighborhood, state television said.
Countless small, often illegally run operations exist across China and make money cutting corners by using inexpensive ingredients or unsavory substitutes. They are almost impossible to regulate.
Squares of cardboard…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.
Mmm…fatty pork and cardboard.
Do you think I can get a dozen shipped here?