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How might one find out if a restaurant or eating facility is using that toxic disgusting recycled cooking oil to prepare their dishes?
I was just told by a coworker that the cafeteria I've been eating at uses it.
Can anybody give any tips on how one can be on the safer side of things here?
I'm in my 8th year here and I have been sick so many times because of this that I just don't eat in Chinese restaurants normally - only when I break the rule do I get sick. Some people have no problem but many suffer and a few have had to leave.
But even if they say they aren't - would you believe them?
I love the taste of Chinese food don't get me wrong but that oil and MSG are killers for me.
Suggestion - cook for yourself if you can - I cook with olive oil and buy good ingredients.
Or eat somewhere you really trust such as the World Life Club where you can good healthy reasonably priced grub.
Thanks for reply and advice! Are there any other concerns I should have regarding what type of animal they are actually serving here? For example, the Muslims that cook up the lamb kabob on the streets over a fire. Is it really lamb? or is it Goat? Or some other mysterious ingredient? I know that Muslims will serve Hallal meat to each other, but to the general public, could it be .... dare I say....D-O-G ?
I will definitely start doing much of my own cooking. But in the event I need to grab some food on the road, I wanted to at least be more informed.
By the way, if anybody wants to know more about the recycled oil issue, this is the source that I read after another Chinese employee warned me about the kitchen at our work place:
Call the local authorities. I can help you if you'd like. It's illegal. If they get caught, they'll be punished severely by the government.
Another good website is www.taste.com.au A really great site for recipes.
Hey guys, if you are going to discuss recipes etc then go to this discussion forum
I think this one is more about dodgy cooking oil!
Fair points Chris -
Thanks for the tips and suggestions. My wife from the Philippines will be joining me soon in China (unless there is an all-out war, which I highly doubt...lol). I don't have too much time to cook with my schedule, but she would love to help.
I've discussed the oil situation with a few other Chinese friends, and they all have the same response: there is no way of truly knowing, but definitely agree there is a problem and everybody must take caution. I honestly thought recycled oil meant, using the same cooking oil for many rounds of cooking which is done in the Philippines. I had NO IDEA it meant using oil derived from trash and sewage. That is outright disgusting!! When I do eat out now, I try to find foods that are either roasted on fire or boiled in water.
Relating to the cooking oil concern. Possibly a naive question.
What if a Chinese person invites you to eat out with them and you're too nervous?
Suggestions on avoiding offence, please.