The report said the boss of the Taimali Baishawan Restaurant confessed to the practice after questioning by the local food health watchdog, which had obtained a 14-minute-long surveillance video from the restaurant’s former staff showing how food was handled.
It is the second scandal concerning high-tourist-traffic restaurant serving leftover food in Taiwan after a noodle eatery was found to have done the same thing to mainland tourists last year.
The Taimali Baishawan Restaurant is a major dining spot serving group tourists from the mainland, and it was estimated that more than 10,000 tourists ate there in a month.
A former worker tipped authorities. The director of the restaurant was fired and ordered to make an apology. Local authorities had asked the restaurant’s owners, who said they knew nothing of the practice, to make improvements or face a fine.
This comes less than a week after a Chinese tour group in New Zealand was suckered into eating at a soup kitchen they’d been told was a buffet.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].