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(Soshiok)   On top of frogs and eels, a list of other foods you definitely want to avoid in China   (soshiok.com) divider line 65
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2014-03-14 09:43:30 AM
Lies! Unagi with eel sauce is the best. It's horrible for the eels, the environment and for the countries that export eels; but, it's damn tasty!
 
2014-03-14 09:48:14 AM
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.
 
2014-03-14 09:49:10 AM
So basically eat nothing?
 
2014-03-14 09:50:00 AM
Glad to see they covered gutter oil (#9 on the list).

This may have been the most disgusting thing that I've ever seen (documentary starts at 0:25):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJOLCvPm5Dg
 
2014-03-14 09:50:07 AM

funzyr: So basically eat nothing?


thats what I took away from that.
 
2014-03-14 09:50:10 AM
Here, Subby, let me simplify it for you.

 Anything south of 53°33′N 123°16′E , north of 20°14′N 109°56′E, east of 39°38′N 73°49′E and west of 47°40′N 134°45′E .


There. One sentence.
 
2014-03-14 09:50:55 AM

funzyr: So basically eat nothing?


Or don't go to China or bring your own.  I'm just wondering how much of a hassle would it be to get a couple of pigs and a cow through Customs.
 
2014-03-14 09:52:39 AM

Prey4reign


I'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.
 
2014-03-14 09:53:16 AM
I am going to China soon.  Looks like I might be dropping a few pounds.
 
2014-03-14 09:54:59 AM
Cats, dogs and monkeys OK?
 
2014-03-14 09:56:34 AM
This is the level of regulation we can look forward to when the GOP takes control.
 
2014-03-14 09:56:38 AM

hitmanric: funzyr: So basically eat nothing?

thats what I took away from that.


Pretty much yeah.  And the street vendors use gutter oil for cooking.  Yum!
 
2014-03-14 09:56:48 AM
Well, considering these are the same people who put melamine in baby formula and I don't think there's a single health inspector in the entire country (but they can sure keep tabs on the internet) I'll take a pass on any food made in China.
 
2014-03-14 09:58:58 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: Prey4reign

I'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.


Nice.
 
2014-03-14 10:00:21 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: Prey4reign

I'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.


That was SO awesome.
 
2014-03-14 10:00:29 AM
So, bring a sammich.
 
2014-03-14 10:02:11 AM

funzyr: So basically eat nothing?


This is a really stupid, fear-mongering article.
 
2014-03-14 10:04:53 AM

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.


This.  Also, why would you ever want to go to China?   It's right up there with Somalia.
 
2014-03-14 10:05:44 AM

funzyr: So basically eat nothing?


Photosynthesize.
 
2014-03-14 10:06:25 AM
Translation:

Don't go to China if you're a pussy.

Yes, all of these things exist in China.  Guess what though, its a third world farking country with little government regulation, oversight or enforcement.  It probably won't be 100% sterilized, clean, safe, tested and guaranteed by a man in a shiny suit.  If that is something you're not comfortable with, don't travel to a third world country.  And yes, China is definitely a third world country no matter how many ultra rich live there.  Like other third world countries, it won't have everything for everyone.

If you're willing to risk things a bit, its an excellent place to travel to and live in.  Just get used to the fact that you might get a weekly case of explosive diarrhea and live with it.  A nintendo DS makes the wait go by much faster.  Talk to other ex-pats, they know where cleanest restaurants are and be careful of where you get your street food.  You probably won't consume anything that would kill you faster than the pollution if you are smart about.

/Don't get a parasite like I did
 
2014-03-14 10:07:10 AM

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.


I hear they also use dihydrogen monoxide in some of the dishes.
 
2014-03-14 10:07:33 AM
Why would I avoid frogs and eels?

/Westerners are pussies when it comes to food.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2014-03-14 10:08:30 AM
Fair warning: searching the following term may make you vomit.

china sewer oil
 
2014-03-14 10:09:25 AM

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.
 
2014-03-14 10:10:07 AM

Demetrius: I am going to China soon.  Looks like I might be dropping a few pounds.


This. A lot of their dietary choices would drive me to vegetarianism or starvation from lack of appetite.
 
2014-03-14 10:12:24 AM

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)
 
2014-03-14 10:16:26 AM
pxlboy:
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)

I've given up on converting anti-organ meat people.  There is too much poorly made liver in the world to argue.

Chocolate covered ants are the shiznit though.  Close your eyes and pop one or two and you'll get hooked.  It's kind of like the puffed rice in a crunch bar.

/Sorry if I just made you imagine eating a handful of ants next time you take a bite out of a crunch bar.
 
2014-03-14 10:16:27 AM
This is exactly why we shouldn't fear China. They can't even get their shiat together to feed their own people. How are they going to organize?

Sure there's tons of 'em, but bless their hearts, they don't use their thinkin'-noggins.

Goes double for derpy Russia.
 
2014-03-14 10:16:32 AM

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.


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.
 
2014-03-14 10:16:52 AM
As a laowai who would eat the rat-on-a-stick street food, I'm getting a kick out of this article.
 
2014-03-14 10:17:07 AM
Apparently subby hasn't heard of Unagi if he/she finds eating eels disgusting.

/though I will admit some Chinese cooking is a little off-putting
 
2014-03-14 10:17:25 AM

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)


Ironically, insects may be healthier than many regular foods in china.
 
2014-03-14 10:21:18 AM

MemeSlave: This.  Also, why would you ever want to go to China?   It's right up there with Somalia.


    
MemeSlave       (favorite: China basher)


Ha!  Cute.
 
2014-03-14 10:22:00 AM

funzyr: So basically eat nothing?


Only eat at McD.
 
2014-03-14 10:23:33 AM
'Only Nixon could go to China.'
 
2014-03-14 10:23:44 AM
Oh, and frog hot pot is the bomb.

In fact, I proposed to my wife in a frog hot pot restaurant, come to think of it.
 
2014-03-14 10:25:32 AM
DR;TL Version: DON'T EAT ANYTHING IN CHINA!
 
2014-03-14 10:25:52 AM

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.


I'm currently in Vietnam, was in Thailand and Cambodia before here, and the street food is where it's at!! I got some poop pills though and they have been doing the job, only had 2 rough days when I forgot to take then for a couple of days.
 
2014-03-14 10:25:59 AM

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.


I hear they also put acetic acid in some of their food.  ACID!  How the hell do these people survive dinner time?
 
2014-03-14 10:32:11 AM

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).
 
2014-03-14 10:34:33 AM
So man, bear, pig, eel, bat, bird, and frog flu?
 
2014-03-14 10:36:51 AM
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.
 
2014-03-14 10:51:33 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: Prey4reign

I'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.


/score
 
2014-03-14 10:56:09 AM

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).


The bolded was awesome advice and I hope I get to put it to use some day.

Why in the blue blazes would anyone purchase sushi from the street corner?  I have trouble reconciling buying it from the grocery store.
 
2014-03-14 10:57:22 AM

sendtodave: As a laowai who would eat the rat-on-a-stick street food, I'm getting a kick out of this article.


C.M.O.T. Dibbler represent.
 
2014-03-14 11:33:06 AM
I like to think there is a special place in Hell for those who choose to eat dog.
 
2014-03-14 11:40:35 AM

Huggermugger: This is the level of regulation we can look forward to when the GOP takes control.


Funny how you equate the GOP with Communism.
Pretty sure the Democrats are much, much closer to Communism than the GOP.

/but derp away, derp away.
 
2014-03-14 11:49:11 AM

mistrmind: I like to think there is a special place in Hell for those who choose to eat dog.


cinemafanatic.files.wordpress.com
'I say we drink the wine, eat the dogs, and use the paper for musket wading.'

'Eat the dogs?'

'Dog's a damn fine meal'.
 
2014-03-14 11:54:55 AM

Demetrius: I am going to China soon.  Looks like I might be dropping a few pounds.


or maybe put on a few pounds because there are freking golden arches and the colonel on every street corer in Beijing and Shanghai
 
2014-03-14 12:04:34 PM

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.


Aren't you confusing china and detroit ?
 
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