Sunday, June 27, 2004(A roundup of delicacies from the Communist kitchen)
The North Korean "News" Agency is promoting the nutritional benefits of eating pine needles -- which I supppose are an improvement over the tree bark and boiled grass that many starving North Koreans have resorted to for food.
Efficacious Pine Needle Foodstuff
Pyongyang, June 15 (KCNA) -- Pine needle has been used as material of health foodstuffs from ancient times in Korea. According to "Hyangyakjipsongbang" (a medical encyclopedia) published in the 15th century in Korea, pine needle prevents aging, invigorates spirits and turns grey hair to black.
The Korean people have used pine needles in steaming rice-cake and curing various diseases.
In related Commie culinary news, Chinese authorities have launched an investigation into reports that mounds of human hair were used in the production of 'counterfeit' soy sauce.
In this case, of course, the hair wasn't just on the food; it was literally in it.
Human hair used in fake soy sauce
It could contain anything from substandard soya bean extract to human hair, so the message to consumers is clear - beware of counterfeit soy sauce.
According to the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, which yesterday seized 223 bottles of counterfeit soy sauce and Chinese sweetened vinegar, there are likely to be hundreds, if not thousands of bottles of fake sauce on the market.
The ingredients of the seized products are as yet unknown but a mainland expose in January this year revealed that one plant in Hubei province had been illegally producing a base for soy sauce made out of human hair, which, like soya beans, is rich in protein.
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