The World of Chinese - - Mishmash -

Demon­strat­ing con­clu­sively that there is no such thing as a use-by date, arche­ol­o­gists in He­nan prov­ince were thrilled in De­cem­ber when they came across a bowl of beef soup that dates back to the War­ring States pe­riod (475 BCE – 221 BCE). Mostly, they found ox bones in the bowl, in­di­cat­ing that the an­cient Chi­nese liked their soup pretty chunky. Me­dia re­ports were at first con­fused, and it turned out that what was thought to be ac­tual liq­uid soup dis­cov­ered by the team was just wa­ter that had seeped into the bowl and min­gled with rem­nant soup mat­ter. Per­haps this is why there was no taste test. It wasn’t the first time an­cient foods had been found. Dumplings from the Tang Dy­nasty (618 – 907) and an­cient booze have also been found in past ex­ca­va­tions else­where in China. -D.D.

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