Dateline Beijing: Bad baozi
OK, this just grosses me out. Turns out dumpling (baozi) vendors in Beijing have been chopping up soggy cardboard with their fatty meat to make dumplings. GROSS. It's all amazing how China's finally doing something to "investigate" this little problem with tainted foods, all going back to the pet food recall. China even executed the former head of its food and drug safety agency this week.
Admittedly, I lived in China for two plus years and don't think I ever ate anything truly objectionable, but eesh, you never know. A friend once ordered some chicken dish late one night during our travels, and the shop owners kept giggling as he tore into his food. That was one time when we were pretty sure it wasn't chicken. But I didn't (want to) try it, and he has no idea what they served.
Of course, some of the things that get eaten in China are objectionable to most of us, but standard over there. Some of the grosser things...
dog. This I can't stand!
camel's paw. Good to warm you in the winter (so I'm told).
yak penis. Kinda chewy. Yuck!
Maybe you've eaten some gross foods on your travels. But maybe we don't want to hear about them.