Archive for the ‘mantou’ Category

China’s Central Communist Government Even Regulating Pastry Shape?

January 7, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) – Thousands of Chinese snack vendors are happily digesting news that China‘s ubiquitous steamed bun, or “mantou,” does not have to be perfectly round.

China’s quality watch-dog denied that standards recommending a “perfect shape” for mantou held the force of law.

“There are no specific regulations on the shape of wheat-flour mantou in the standard,” the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its Web site.

“The episode offers something for the authorities to chew on — if the public was properly informed … such a situation may not have occurred at all,” an editorial in the China Daily said on Monday.

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