If you are a big fan of Qingdao’s lubao/炉包 (a specialty from the Qingdao suburb, Gaomi) it might be a good idea to fight the craving for a month or so after a large quantity of Chinese chives sold in and around Qingdao have been responsible for more than 20 extreme cases of food poisoning in just the past few days. Chinese chives, or jiucai/韭菜, are similar to leek and a common ingredient in lubao. After the first few cases of food poisoning were first discovered last Friday, just yesterday nine more people checked into Haici Hospital with symptoms of extreme abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after eating jiucai jiaozi at a restaurant on Renmin Yi Lu. It seems a few of the patients discovered food poisoning symptoms within a half-hour after ingestion. Jiucai has a strong taste and is commonly mixed in with egg in dumplings, and also frequently appears as an ingredient in baozi. This story is receiving a lot of local press, with pics here and here.