How do you stay ahead of competitors in the crayfish game? Add drugs to your product, of course. The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration blacklisted restaurant owners for adding Narceine, a mild relaxant found in opium poppy shells to their crayfish dishes. Shanghai Daily reports:
Huang Meiling, owner of Duanshi Crayfish in Putuo District, was jailed for three and a half years and fined 50,000 yuan (US$8,064), while Zhu Chunliang, whose eatery was also in Putuo, was jailed for three years and fined 40,000 yuan.
Narceine, a mild relaxant found in opium, was discovered in crayfish dishes.
We wonder if authorities were tipped off by seeing patrons shooting xiaolongxia meat into their arms? Or perhaps they went to a 12-step program and heard people talk about how crawdads ruined their life.
And like all ridiculous China food stories, this isn’t the first time this has happened. This past fall, several Guangzhou restaurants drew flack for adding poppy powder to their dishes (now we know why Cantonese food is so damn tasty).
If you want to eat equally addictive, non-illicit crayfish in Shanghai, hit up Duan’s.