Now is the season for chomping down on delicious crayfish, and CNNGo has highlighted some of the best places to get some already (so we won’t update ours)… but – not to spoil your xiaolongxia outings or anything – some places may not be very sanitary.
One of the places you’re most likely to hit up for crayfish will be Shouning Lu, but the sanitation situation there has now emerged as a serious concern. A Xinmin reporter went there and found quite a few problems with the cleaning of the little lobsters in their raw form.
In the dark and dirty ally at the back of the restaurants, there were several huge buckets of small lobsters waited to be cleaned. The people there just basically put a basket of small lobsters into the water bucket, stirred them, and pulled them out. They did the same process again and again, in the same bucket of water, with multiple baskets of crayfish.
It was only after the fourth basket, when the water had turned black, that it was finally refilled. Yuck – hope you’re eating from that first dip.
Granted, if you’ve stayed in China long enough and eaten at street stalls and meat stick vendors, you’re probably used to not quite completely hygienic practices. Hopefully, your stomach has turned to iron by this point.
But, looking at those pictures should give you pause if you have a weaker digestive track. Maybe, instead of going to Shouning Lu, you should be sure to head to a restaurant with one of those green smiley faces on their hygiene report card.