November 03, 2006

Come On!

Come on! Doesn't anybody, of Asian persuasion or even remotely connected to Asian customs and lifestyle, know what this ball of wax is? It's killing me!

Surely one, ONE person can read the characters on the box, no?

Arrrgh...If I don't hear from anybody in, say, one week, I will brew the licorice-like ball and make my morning tea with it. That'll teach you!


UPDATE: Sunday, 5:20PM.

Steve in WI says:

"I've got the answer!

According to Jeff Pan at the English-language China Daily newspaper in Beijing:

[Quote:] "To my knowledge, this is probably a kind of traditional Chinese medicine, with the 'wax ball' being the wrap for the medicine in it."

The mystery is solved.
Now if we only knew what the medicine was for."

Thanks Steve! I sort of figured it was medicine-so now that's confirmed, but am still puzzled about what sort of medicine this is.

10 comments:

Carl said...

It says "If found, please return the Peoples Republic of China Space Exploration Agency. Drop in any mail box, postage will be paid."

They are the results of a secret Chinese zero-g candle making progam.

Where are you working anyway?

Steve in Wisconsin said...

Hang in there - I'm working on this wax ball project. I'm waiting for an email from Beijing.

dedicris said...

Shylock Bones and the case of the yellow ball . SOON COMING ! strudel

Anonymous said...

The excitement builds up :)

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Anonymous said...

I can't really help from Haiti - all I can tell you is I saw nothing of the sort in Indonesia.

I'm thinking I might ask my friend there what he thinks. News to come, hopefully.

*crap, crap, crap* Please do me a favor and delete the above comment. Can't seem to do it myself.

Steve in Wisconsin said...

I've got the answer!

According to Jeff Pan at the English-language China Daily newspaper in Beijing:

[Quote:] "To my knowledge, this is probably a kind of traditional Chinese medicine, with the 'wax ball' being the wrap for the medicine in it."

The mystery is solved.
Now if we only knew what the medicine was for.

Anonymous said...

I guess the next step will be to extract the medicine from the wax and then walk over to the closest chinese-owned small business for further information...

Or, better yet, to post a picture of the unearthed (unwaxed) eye of newt for my enjoyment and Steve's expertise!!!

Don't forget to detail the extracting process :o)

Cheers to you,

Beavy the loopy
(the funky word I had to type to post today was toxzzzg)

Laura said...

I was at an Asian grocery store this weekend, and I asked the lady behind the counter about the ball. She said you are supposed to eat it. I say, if it looks and smells like wax, you may want to get a second opinion. ;)

A-tony said...

The two chinese characters on the box means "nourishment for kidney." When I was young, my grandma used to feed me lots of bizarre nourishments. But nothing beat this one. Thanks goodness my grandma didn't get her hand on that stuff.