Steamed Corrugated — A Peking Delicacy?

I must say, I got a real chuckle out of reading this story about street food in Beijing. According to the AP wire on CNN, "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." Hmmm ... now, I'm not a big fan of cardboard in my dumplings, but in many countries, the practice of injecting cows with hormones so they produce artificially high amounts of milk is shunned (not to mention the growing of genetically modified crops that cannot reproduce on their own). But in the US, these practices are not the exception -- they're standard practice. Or need I bring up what goes into scrapple or the last time that a Philly street vendor washed his hands before handing you a soft pretzel? My point is this: next time you read another "scare story" like this one about China, I'd suggest thinking about the West's own practices.

Jason Busch

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