Gutter oil is a term used in China, both Mainland and Taiwan, to describe illicit cooking oil which has been recycled from waste oil collected from sources such as restaurant fryers, sewer drains, grease traps and slaughterhouse waste.
This gutter oil is used heavily in Chinese food, so some street vendors and hole-in-the-wall restaurants buy cheap, black market oil that’s been recycled from garbage. Enterprising men and women will go through dumpsters, trash bins, gutters and even sewers, scooping out liquid or solid refuse that contains used oil or animal parts. Then they process that into cooking oil, which they sell at below-market rates to food vendors who use it to cook food that can make you extremely sick. The reason why many sellers do this is the price hike on cooking oil, and literally getting gutter oil from the streets is definitely cheaper.
The video below which is produced by Radio Free Asia shows exactly the detail on how a couple of gutter oil vendors go about their work. They start with the couple scooping sewage out of the ground, and it ends with unwitting Chinese consumers chowing down on the end products.
While many tourists and locals alike love to eat street food in China due to its very popular kind of dish from those dumplings, to noodles, to tofu and chicken feet – these foods require oil to be cooked. And imagine all the bacteria put into those foods, and enter your body without your knowledge because of the oil that being used?
This is an illegal act so far that Chinese authorities are trying to stop and not used by all street vendors. But it’s also thought to be widespread. Being reprocessed garbage and sewage, gutter oil contains all sorts of untold carcinogens.
So what you’re thought on this? We should be careful the next time around that we go to China and be aware of those foods they have.Image Source: live-less-ordinary.com Video Source: https://www.youtube.com/