A woman who went to Beijing’s Xiabu Xiabu Hotpot craving mutton was unpleasantly surprised when she found clumps of cotton in the broth, Beijing Times reports. The most disturbing part: the cotton was soiled.
The woman, surnamed Lee, noticed something was wrong when she started chewing the lamb and it tasted like paper. She promptly spat it out to discover bits of cotton colored crimson, and not from any chili oil in the broth. She stated she couldn’t tell that it was cotton by just looking at it as cooking had turned the cotton a similar color to mutton. When Lee complained to an employee, he allegedly snatched up the cotton and hid it in his pocket, refusing to let her see it.
Eventually, Xiabu Xiabu paid Lee 1,500 yuan in compensation after she claimed to have suffered gastroenteritis from the “cot-pot.” We can’t figure out what’s more enraging, the fact that someone put dirty cotton swabs in the hotpot, or the fact that they actually believed anybody would be tricked by a scheme that wouldn’t fool the taste buds of a cinderblock. At least rat, the culprit in the last fake lamb scandal, shares somewhat of the same consistency of lamb. Maybe their next big scheme can be pawning steel wool off as mapo tofu.
In related disgusting fake food news, food producers in Wenzhou have been recycling rotted food items like chicken drumsticks and duck heads and reselling them to the public (because gutter oil is for pansies, real men recycle whole meals).
Collected rotting snacks are unwrapped and then bleached with cleaning powders.
Then they are sold to suppliers who use chemical additives to improve the appearance, repack them and sell them to markets all over the country.
Wenzhou police uncovered 10 underground mills in Zhejiang’s Cangnan County in June, as well as large quantities of chemical additives and coloring agents.
Officers said millions of tons of out-of-date packaged food is recycled in Pingyang County, Zhejiang Province.
It’s nice to know that the Chinese diner is being treated with the same dignity as worms atop a compost heap.
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