This video, produced by Radio Free Asia, was posted in May, but it just got a big spotlight thanks to Washington Post and Foodspin, so, thanks, guys, for showing us all how low the lowest low in food production can get.
Max Fisher of the WaPo points out that “food in China is delicious, and gutter oil typically is used just in some street food stalls or cheap, hole-in-the-wall dives,” so it’s not as if you should starve yourself here. But, man. If you’re a poor student in a second-tier city bumming by on 10-kuai gaifans for the past month, maybe you shouldn’t watch the above.
For my fellow Beijingers: it’s inconceivable, isn’t it, that any neighborhood dive or greasy spoon would cook with this shit within, say, Fourth Ring Road. Am I in denial? Do I deserve all the food poisoning I’m in for? Careful about your answer. Karma frowns on arrogance.