The thin line that separates the dark side of 30 from the light…

… can be seen by the fact that I now read packaging labels for information instead of to pass time at the table.

In this case of a bottle of vinegar used at a restaurant in Shanghai, looking at the certifications and the ingredients, you can’t help but smirk at the delicious irony.


OK, for those who need some help, without going into detail about the Sodium Benzoate and MSG, it’s basically cheap rice vinegar made to taste like expensive aged vinegar.

The irony is, broadly, that the production process is properly quality-managed all the way and food safety have been followed to a reasonable standards in a managed environment.

Posted on 11th Dec 2009 in Food and Drink, Musings


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