Don't trust unsourced allegations of fake food: the list shared by Liumingke1234 mixes scandals that did happen (melamine in milk powder, contaminated noodles) with urban legends that have never been proven (fake eggs, fake rice, and others).
Real research on this topic is hard to come by, but read for example: www.snopes.com/plastic-rice-from-china. It's extremely doubtful fake eggs or rice could be produced more cheaply than the real versions.
The truth is, barely-enforced food safety standards and the widespread lack of trust in Chinese society means people here are all too ready to believe that everything is poisonous and fake. Sadly, sometimes they're right, but not always.
NY times, Time etc have written about the fake eggs. Heres a recent thread online.
Not saying it couldnt be an urban legend though, but theres plenty info on it, both in Chinese and English. Any study that says its an urban legend out there?
But the info in English is always unsourced. For example, the Time article newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/06/how-to-make-a-rotten-egg/
merely translates a Chinese newspaper report using anonymous sources who make unverified claims. Do you have a link to something in the NYT?
The reddit thread has a Japanese-language video and some anecdotes from people who claim to have bought fake eggs. How did they know? "The texture was off, but not enough that I would have known if it weren't next to a real egg. The yolk just did not want to break, and it had a bit of a plastic smell when cooking. The white was exceptionally runny as well".
These are people who have just bought a bad egg, or one where the chicken has been fed a few too many additives, and they assume (because of the scare stories) that they're eating fake eggs.
Anyway, lets sum it up with Chinese Baidu. Theres a long analysis on the issue. In brief, there is an ongoing debate to whether fake eggs do exist, or not, but at least the egg shell should be real. While fake rice for consumption seems to be an urban legend, the egg is more debated. And the egg yolks coloured by chemicals was real, a few years back. I think enough here said on the eggs now, as its impossible to take side without more inside knowledge.
They sell fake chickens on baidu. I wonder which came first.
A Guangzhou triad boss once told Peter that the eating of alive monkey brain is not a legend, and he even mimicked the panicked monkey.
Amusing trivia, really weird. Not worth worrying about, djtutolo.
Good way to get a real feel for fake food here djtutolo is to see how many of the foreigners on here have actually eaten fake food produce in their times here.
I for one in my Four years here, have not! Add that to Alien +1 I'd say we have a +2
I don't see the number going down.
What a heap of rubbish, redjon.