By Tom Bannister
Forget Lei Zhengfu. Forget the Diaoyu islands. Forget the ‘uncivilised’ behaviour of those with small bladders. If there is one topic that really provokes a fervent response in China, it is food scandals. As long as the supply lines of cheap, clean and sumptuous feasts to the masses are not messed with, then a few tales of corruption, sex and unrepentant Japanese can all be forgotten over a good meal. ‘Gutter oil‘ scandals (the re-using of waste oil) have made headline news over the past year or so. Now, over the weekend a video has emerged from Chengdu, one of the epicentres of the gutter oil scandals, that shows a kitchen worker picking chillies out of a rubbish bin to re-use in the city’s mouthwatering hot-pots.
Gutter-oil advocates say that it tastes better the more times the oil is re-used. Perhaps the chillies taste better after marinating in the rubbish bin? Expect a rousing response by netizens.