Would you like some illicit drugs with your noodles?
Crack maybe? How about some heroin? We hear they make food taste fantastic. And oddly addictive.
Or at least that’s what the owner of a noodle restaurant in China apparently thought. A man who is only identified as “Zhang” admitted that he was lacing his dishes with opium to keep customers coming back, according to Chinese media. But the trade secret was blown after one of his customers tested positive for the drug following a routine traffic stop.
Liu Juyou tried to convince police he had never done drugs in his life, but was detained anyway for 15 days. Suspecting the noodle shop might be to blame (after all, those were some GOOD noodles) he was able to convince his family members to eat at the same restaurant, and then test themselves for drugs. Once they tested positive, police launched an investigation against the restaurant.
That forced Zhang to finally fess up: He told police he purchased 4.4lbs of poppy buds – which are used to make opium – for $100. He would crush them into a powder and add them, like spices, to his noodles.
The South China Morning Post reports that if the food was ingested over a long period of time, it could have become addictive. It also notes, however, that poppy shells were a popular ingredient in the country until their use was banned.
Too bad. There was a lot of buzz about that restaurant.