If you never knew how certain illicit “baozi” (steamed buns) are made, you might find this illuminating:
Squares of cardboard picked from the ground are first soaked to a pulp in a plastic basin of caustic soda — a chemical base commonly used in manufacturing paper and soap — then chopped into tiny morsels with a cleaver. Fatty pork and powdered seasoning are stirred in.
Yum yum! I think I’ll be using the Michelin Guide on my next visit to Beijing. (via Nervous Breakdown)