Sunday, September 11, 2005

Crouching tiger, hidden donkey

Chinese restaurant shut down, fined for spiked dish
BEIJING - The cat is out of the bag at a restaurant in northeast China that had been serving donkey meat spiked with tiger urine in pricey dishes advertised as endangered Siberian tigers.

Local media in Heilongjiang province got wind that the restaurant was offering stir-fried dishes and medicinal liquor made from tiger meat and bones, sparking local police and health inspectors to pounce, the China Daily said on Thursday.

“After inspection, the owner confessed that the so-called tiger meat was donkey meat that had been dressed with tiger urine to give the dish a ’special’ flavor,” the newspaper said.(Reuters)

.:: Sr SJ WBC, Rob Sherrard

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