The discourse around China’s ascent to a global power has relied heavily on the circulation of myths and stories. A popular theme in this discussion is the prevalence of China’s faked goods and counterfeit products. China’s adoption of capitalism at break-neck speed, whilst maintaining socialism, has created profound disjunctures in production, market regulations and consumption. With a focus on fake food, Ode to Doctored Dumplings explores the current state of public distrust towards the government, business owners and the media.