Slippery underground off-cut vendors in Shanghai have shown that they have brains as well as ‘guts’ by stationing themselves on Huajiang Bridge between the Minhang and Jiading districts, sparking confusion as to which side was responsible for resolving the problem.
In the unlikely event there is a raid, vendors flee the premises, only to set up shop again once authorities have left.
This loophole has attracted dozens of shady pig part vendors, who hawk their wares out of minivans and makeshift stalls in a kind of “black bazaar,” Shanghai Daily reports. Undeterred by the fact that many of the vans don’t have refrigeration and the offal could be contaminated by pesticides and bacteria, many customers shop at these clandestine intestine vendors due to the cheap prices. An underground pig liver costs about 4 RMB a quarter as much per kilogram as at licensed markets.
Vendors claim that their prices are cheap because they buy their offal directly from slaughterhouses, cutting out the middle man. Yes, further proof that small startups are edging out established corps even in the pig spleen sector.
Unfortunately, now that the news is out, Huajiang bridge will no doubt become the Okavango Delta for all Shanghai’s black market vendors from gutter oil vendors to disgraced Husi Company employees.
For a relatively safe offal eating experience, we recommend Zhenru Mutton restaurant, a spot that’s been serving every part of the sheep but “bleat” for 100 years.