funzyr: So basically eat nothing?
hitmanric: funzyr: So basically eat nothing?thats what I took away from that.
Englebert Slaptyback: Prey4reignI'm just wondering how much of a hassle would it be to get a couple of pigs and a cow through Customs.You could ask the Kardashians.
Psychopusher: FTFA: Braised pork is another dish to avoid in restaurants. Although it often tastes and looks much better than home made braised pork, the chemical Ethylmaltol is frequently used to give the meat a shiny, dark red colour and special flavor.And right there is where I stopped reading. Ethyl maltol is just a flavouring, and is the base (in its crystal form) for cotton candy. There's nothing wrong with it. It's bit weird to use it in that way as it's normally only used in confections, but still.Not to say that there probably isn't a lot of bad food in China, but this suddenly struck me as another OMG CHEMICALS article as soon as I got to this point.
The Southern Logic Company: be careful of where you get your street food.
Demetrius: I am going to China soon. Looks like I might be dropping a few pounds.
mike_d85: Why would I avoid frogs and eels?/Westerners are pussies when it comes to food.
pxlboy: mike_d85: Why would I avoid frogs and eels?/Westerners are pussies when it comes to food.And I'm not ashamed to admit it. I have been more adventurous in recent years, but there are a lot of things they eat that I couldn't bring myself to eat (insects, organ meat, etc)
MemeSlave: This. Also, why would you ever want to go to China? It's right up there with Somalia.
mike_d85: The Southern Logic Company: be careful of where you get your street food.Funny, I always figured that since you can watch basically the entire cooking process street food was the safest option.Assuming it's cooked on the spot of course. Though I might be tempted to buy random meat on a stick.
codigo: I hear they also use dihydrogen monoxide in some of the dishes.
Arkanaut: A lot of Chinese food also use Sodium Chloride as a flavoring agent. Sodium burns in water and Chlorine is used as a chemical weapon. Best to avoid altogether.
The Southern Logic Company: mike_d85: The Southern Logic Company: be careful of where you get your street food.Funny, I always figured that since you can watch basically the entire cooking process street food was the safest option.Assuming it's cooked on the spot of course. Though I might be tempted to buy random meat on a stick.Good intuition but there are unseen pitfalls with streetfood. One example is the use of "ditch oil" aka the oil that rises to the top in a ditch with sewage/water/runoff/trash in it. Some unscrupulous vendors will gather that in an oil container and you wouldn't be none the wiser. Also, outside of winter, meat storage becomes an issue. Random meat on a stick is usually safe but I always seemed to find the worst of them staggering home drunk at 4am. Beware of street sushi vendors (yes they exist).If you're going to China and you're really concerned about these things, just go vegetarian. The veggies can be polluted or covered in pesticides but there are Buddhist/Taoist restaurants that are veg only that sometimes grow their own food or take better care of where they get their veggies. You'll have a lot easier time finding good food, you'll save a lot and probably lose a lot of weight (I went from 230 to 140 in 9 months).
sendtodave: As a laowai who would eat the rat-on-a-stick street food, I'm getting a kick out of this article.
Huggermugger: This is the level of regulation we can look forward to when the GOP takes control.
mistrmind: I like to think there is a special place in Hell for those who choose to eat dog.
hitlersbrain: Do yourself a favor, just avoid China altogether. Just a big wall and lots of starving, overworked slaves... if you can see anything thru the smog.
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