Illegal food processing plant in Nanjing found using hydrogen peroxide

| March 15th, 2014

On March 14, an illegal meat processing plant in Nanjing was found to have pig trotters immersed in a hydrogen peroxide solution.

The Yangzi Evening Paper reported (via Xinhua):

Yesterday afternoon around 1 pm, Yangzi Evening Paper reporters arrived in the Guandong Paotai community after receiving a tip. Here there is a building that is going to be torn down. … Entering through a small door, walking through a narrow alleyway into a residential courtyard, around a few bends, a strange smell […]Read more…

Fried chicken biscuits, cuttlefish smoked chicken bread, and other interesting snacks from Chinese bakeries

| February 22nd, 2014

Chinese bakeries are notorious for their “interesting” pastries. There are hot dogs wrapped in oily buns, breads in different colors meant to evoke all kinds of tastes… In fact, chicken, pork, and other meats are popular flavors of bread.

In Hong Kong today, I ran into “fried chicken biscuits”… …with pork in them. What do fried chicken biscuits taste like?

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, the same can be said about writing about food. Nonetheless, I tried to […]Read more…

Lunch headaches in Beijing CBD

| August 11th, 2011

From Netease:

In today’s China, price of everything is rising. The most basic need for a human being-"food" is certainly the first concern . Take a look at the people’s lunch in the Beijing CBD (Central Business District), where people of all social levels gather: from cleaners, waiters to senior consultants and white-collars… see what makes lunch one of people’s headaches now.

Kiki,27岁,会计师事务所高级商业顾问。午餐是韩国餐厅的套餐,花费35元。Kiki公司楼下有一条美食街,她说:“吃遍了几十家餐厅后,根本找不到想吃的餐厅。”

Kiki, 27 year-old is a senior business consultant in a CPA firm. Her lunch is a set meal at a […]Read more…

Using iPad as menu to order food, restaurant becomes hot topic

| April 28th, 2011

Using iPad to order food attracts young people

Last Sunday afternoon, when Mr. Meng and his girlfriend dined out at a new restaurant in Heng Bao Plaza (in Guangzhou), they were astonished by their “MENU”- an IPAD! After ordering the dishes, they continued to play games and see websites online till they finish their meal. Mr. Meng is not the only one who likes the creativity. Actually, many people come to the restaurant to have a meal only to experience […]Read more…

China’s food safety woes hit again with colored Mantou in Shanghai

| April 18th, 2011

From Sohu:

Food safety has increasingly become a concern in China with a series of incidents exposed by media concerning contamination and the illegal use of prohibited ingredients and additives in foodstuffs. The list of unsafe foodstuffs in the country seems growing non-stop… Lately, Mantou (steamed-wheat bread), staple diet in many regions of the country, is on the list after a Shanghai media exposed a brand of Mantou long sold in some supermarket is found to be actually made in a […]Read more…

This is not Chinese food!

| December 30th, 2010

Chinese food is famous for two reason: its extreme deliciousness and its weirdness. The later characteristic has a perfect example, the Wangfujing snack street in downtown Beijing. Just google it or YouTube it and you can find a lot of of videos and photos of foreigners amazed by what Chinese people are eating. You can find skin-piled sparrow, cicada, silk worm, inside-out snake, giant grasshopper, penis of various kind of animals and star fish. You name it. Just think of […]Read more…

Memo of health incidents in 2010

| December 15th, 2010

From Southern Metropolis Weekly:

The cruel reality reminds us that we are in the environment of “man-made illnesses”. What can we do? How do we break out?

 

 

January

January 7, over 30 dialysis patients were infected with hepatitis C virus in Anqing City, Anhui Province.  January 11, 16 people were infected in Shou County.

January 22, in Guangzhou, a junior high school boy got meningitis after injection of flu vaccine.

January 25, 18 pregnant women in Shantou city were infected with disease-causing bacteria, led to […]Read more…

Crab vending machines in subway station

| October 26th, 2010

(MOP) The UAE has vending machines for gold bars, Paris sells CK cologne with them, but what is on offer in the vending machines in Nanjing? The answer is… Hairy Crab! At Xinjiekou station on Metro Line 1, near where you come out at Dayuanpan, you can see a machine.

From IFeng:

According to a report from Xinhua made on  December 25, this is another year of yellow  chrysanthemums and and fat crabs, and at Xinjiekou station on Nanjing’s metro, a machine […]Read more…

Muscle degeneration after eating crayfish, “shrimp washing powder” may be culprit

| August 24th, 2010

It is the crayfish season again; the delicious crayfish because popular in China’s hot mid summer nights ever since the late 1990s. However this year over dozens of people in Nanjing were hospitalized with strange symptoms of unbearable muscle pains after eating crayfish since July. The doctor’s diagnosis was rhabdomyolysis (the destruction or degeneration of muscle tissue) serious cases even cause kidney damage. The speculation was that the “shrimp washing powder” (洗虾粉) which was popularly used by the sellers to […]Read more…

Milk powder questioned for causing precocious puberty

| August 7th, 2010

(Netease) Xiao Dan, 4 month, lives in Hankou. Xiao Xia, 9 month, lives in Hanyang. Xiao Fei, 15 month, lives in Wuchang. Living in three different towns in Wuhan, three baby girls have been drinking the same brand of milk powder; their bodies all appeared to be early maturing and began to develop breasts. Angry parents invariably pointed to the milk powder factory as the culprit. Reporters spent last week investigating, trying to uncover the truth.

Who are the victims? […]Read more…

North Korea Football Team spotted in Beijing, eating BBQ

| June 29th, 2010

Netease Sports, June 28:

 

Today a group of Korean-speaking men came out of a Korean style barbecue restaurant near the East Bridge in Beijing.  Several of them were wearing the red Korea DPR football team jerseys, and one of tem was the world-famous “People’s Rooney” Jong Tae-Se who burst into tears during the match against Brazil.  It turned out that the North Korea team did not return home directly after the World Cup loss in South Africa, (nor were they […]Read more…

Restaurant head chef talks about drainage oil in China

| March 18th, 2010

From Sina:

I am not going to say which city, which restaurant, I don’t want to lose my job. But I want to talk about the current situation of the drainage oil (地沟油). I am working at this sizable restaurant as the head chef, so I know some information about this.

Our restaurant’s waste oil is usually produced in two ways: the used oil after frying many foods and the waste oil from the water after washing dishes and pots.

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The Cancer-causing Arsenic Detected in Taipei’s McDonald’s, and Carcinogen in KFC

| July 20th, 2009

[QQ] Taipei County announced the second wave of oil-fried fast food inspection reports yesterday. 7 branches of 4 kinds of business have been selected for inspection. It included the well-known fast food brand McDonald’s and pizza chain Yogh Zhongzheng Shop, the heavy metal "Arsenic" has been detected in all of their food which exceeds 9 – 11 times over the standard amount. It showed that their oil is really harmful to health. These stores were ordered to improve. In […]Read more…

Ministry of Health Halts a Dish Called “Sneak Bites Chicken”

| June 2nd, 2009

From Mop: 2009-05-27

Yesterday, the newspaper domestic news reports a Foshan restaurant is selling a dish called “Sneak Bites Chicken” which has aroused public and netizen intensely and attracted their attention. Ms. Zhang called our newspaper and said there were at least two restaurants sell this cruel and bloody cuisine in the north of the river Area. “At least, the slaughter is in a non-standard way.” Last night, the Jiangbei District Health Authority said they would carry on the […]Read more…