Would you like Opium in your Noodles - This Restaurant seems to think so
Restaurant admits selling opium-laced noodles so customers keep coming back
The owner of a noodle restaurant has confessed to lacing his trademark dish with opium – so customers would keep coming back for more.
Harry Readhead for Metro
The restaurant owner, known only as Zhang, admitted to police that he had been grinding poppy buds into the food after one of his regular customers tested positive for opium during a routine traffic stop earlier this month.
Customer Liu Juyou, 26, was initially baffled when he tested positive for the drug but soon managed to prove his innocence by convincing family members to eat at the Shaanxi province restaurant and then have themselves tested.
Zhang said that he had purchased 4.4lbs of poppy buds for $100 (£61) in August and had been crushing them and adding them to the noodles to ‘make it taste better and to improve his business’.
Although the quantity in the noodles was not enough to be habit-forming – which therefore means Zhang’s plan failed – it is enough to show up in drug tests.
China has a history of adding poppy powder to dishes, though it has been banned for some time.