Chinese restaurant in Kentucky shut down after road kill found in kitchen
A Chinese restaurant in Kentucky is closed for business after officials found road-kill in its kitchen.
Health inspectors shuttered the Red Flower Chinese Restaurant in Williamsburg after customers saw two employees wheel in a dead deer stuffed in a trash can, WYMT-TV reported.
"It was really disturbing. There was actually a blood trail that they were mopping up behind the garbage can," customer Katie Hopkins told the local television station.
"There was like a tail, and like a foot and leg sticking out of the garbage can and they wheeled it straight back into the kitchen."
The owner claims that the deer, which his son reportedly picked up along Interstate 75, was never going to be served to customers.
Instead, the owner said he intended to take the carcass home.
Environmental health inspector Paul Lawson told Lex18.com that the deer “had already been gutted” by the time he arrived at the restaurant, raising “many health and illness” issues.
"They said they didn't know that they weren't allowed to," Lawson told WYMT, adding that he's concerned that the owner may have committed a similar health violation before.
Officials immediately shut down the restaurant and cited the owner's son for possession of a "white-tailed deer without a tag," Lex18.com reported.
The eatery, however, won't be forced to close its doors for good.
Lawson said that it can reopen if they pass an inspection proving that they completely cleaned and disinfected the facilities, WYMT reported.
But customers say it doesn't matter what the restaurant does to clean up its act.
"I don't think I'll ever eat Chinese food ever again," Hopkins told WYMT.
The owner should picked up on the hint of pending trouble when he opened that fortune cookie that read "You will soon be hanging on for dear life."
Ah LOVE Chinesey food!
If they put in a basement with an incinerator, the health department will never trouble them again.
Always a coupla rats gone home to Jesus!
No more Chinese food for me...gross
Isn't this the norm in Kentucky?
Ahem, 'xcuse me, it's Kentucky. Don't blame the restaurant. Just tryin' to keep the customers satisfied.
There is a weekly segment on one of my local tv stations where a reporter goes to the restaurants that were rated lowest or closed by the health department. Half of them were crappy restaurants you would expect to be disgusting and would never set foot into anyway, the rest were all Chinese restaurants.
Most Chinese restaurants have truly disgusting, unsanitary kitchens. I only eat at Chinese/Asian restaurants that have open kitchens where I can see the cooks preparing the food. There are only 2 in my town that have open kitchens
When system fail, you be grateful to eat good hot plate of road kill.
R1 tried too hard and bombed. Such a shame.
I ordered Crab Rangoon not Crab Raccoon!
usually it's take out not take in
I don't even want to know what's on their Poo Poo platter.
Jus' rike chicken! Yum yum!
Squirrels are good eatin'
Truly, what's the big deal? It's fresh organic meat and a hell of a lot better for you than hamburgers processed in a slaughterhouse.
They used to donate roadkill to homeless shelters when I was growing up (mainly moose).
R18, if you don't see the difference between roadkill and consumer approved food than there's something wrong with you. They don't know how long the deer was dead. It could have been on the side of the road for a day, 2 days, 3 days?
I'm sure there are much scarier things served in these restaurants.
Now I finally know why the chicken was trying to cross the road.
This kind of thing is normal is Kentucky, Chinese or not.
Ya know  that's already been said and implied many times over in this thread. Now it's just tiresome.
, why do I get the feeling that you've not been to Kentucky?
R18, roadkill meat can be full of bone fragments or toxic material from burst organs.
But it is all you can eat for $9.99!
Seriously, you can NOT fucking trust American Chinese restaurants. None of them.
I hear they have a special station lined up where you can get in a car and run over the animal of your choice, kind of like picking out your own lobster from the lobster tank.
Why not, R32? What do you know?
Never go in a Chinese Restaurant in the USA which has no Chinese people eating in it. If the majority of the patrons are Chinese, the quality will be higher.
the dumplings will be off the menu then.
R28/29, why can't you just spell out the poster you're referring to?
Fucking chinks will eat anything!
I sometimes fish along the bay where I live. There are many early mornings that an Asian family, who own a local restaurant, will come and crab and fish. The son told me they use the crab for stock and whatever fish they catch, they serve in their dishes. While I do the same thing in my home, I never thought it was appropriate for them to serve to customers since nothing is regulated or inspected. They also never measure the size of anything, just throw it in their cooler even when it's undersized. Just their culture I guess but it's wrong.
Yes we will eat your dogs
Lick my weight in wildcats
[quote]Just their culture I guess but it's wrong.
So much about their culture is just wrong.
Those who have gone to China on their package tours with English speaking guides, 5-star hotels built for Western tourists, never venturing out on their own and come back saying "Oh it was so wonderful" hardly ever got a glimpse of China off the well-beaten tourist track.
With two you get Bambi.
No alley cats in rural areas.
Pick one from column A, and one from the white line.
Saves a buck.
Saves MSG: no need to tenderize
New meaning to GM food
Mongolian Hot Radiator
Wonton's never out of season
It's the story Jews scare their kids with (must live NYC to geddit).
R43, what will you see outside of the nice and touristy places?
Hardworking people slaving at apple factory
I don't think they can serve people as food R46. The local food inspectors, likely Chinese too, can be paid off to ignore road kill, dog or cat meat, but I doubt they could be paid off to ignore human meat.
r35, I would say the opposite is true, at least in San Francisco. "Authentic" Chinese food here often (usually? always?) has inferior cuts of meat with less trimmed away, including parts that most Americans wouldn't really consider palatable (like chicken feet & other gristley mystery parts). Also, standards of kitchen cleanliness are worlds apart. When I first moved here long ago, I thought it was way cooler to be authentic, but quickly realized the downside.
Now I'll stick to Alice's, etc. -- places with predominantly NON Chinese diners.
Most Chinese and a lot of asian places (but not Japanese or Korean) have totally different ideas of kitchen cleanliness. Japanese and Koreans restauranteurs take a lot of pride in cleanliness and quality in terms of maintaining the kitchen. I would never eat in a Chinese restaurant. Ick.
We have a bay where everybody was allowed to go crabbing. People would get enough crab for their family and then go home and cook them.
People started noticing more and more Asians crabbing along the bay. There aren't many Asians out here at all. People started noticing a drop in the number of crabs in the bay. Turns out the Asians were from restaurants in NYC and they were removing many large baskets full of crabs every week.
Now you have to have a permit to crab and they had to hire someone to go around checking on how many crabs are being removed.
I agree with R48. The "authenticity" of restaurants in NY's Chinatown = grease. The food is greasy and smelly. The meat cuts are definitely inferior. White people who demand the "authenticity" of Chinatown are a puzzle.
I agree about the standard of cleanliness as well. It's strange that the Chinese are so very industrious, yet don't care much about sanitary conditions. It's not like they're too lazy to clean up. They just don't see the point.
I remember reading an article after 9/11 about how the Pakistanis thought it was hilarious the way Americans were freaked out about anthrax and smallpox and other diseases and water contamination. They live with that stuff every day in Pakistan. They think cleanliness makes you too immuno-compromised. If you don't come up against dirt, animal dung,contaminated water then you will get sick all the time because your immune system hasn't been "toughened up" by exposure.
Chicken feet is the best part!
[quote]"Authentic" Chinese food here often (usually? always?) has inferior cuts of meat with less trimmed away, including parts that most Americans wouldn't really consider palatable (like chicken feet & other gristley mystery parts).
Much "authentic" Chinese food would never be served in a Western restaurant.
The person preparing the food (I hesitate to call him/her a "cook") would just take a cleaver to a chicken, or whatever...chop it all into bits and the resulting massacre is then served with rice or noodles on your plate... cartilage, muscle, fat, bone, skin... and somewhere in there is some meat.
I once found a jawbone with teeth on my plate and often your beef will be a chunk of fat with skin and sometimes hair/fur, and a small piece of meat attached that you try unsuccessfully to separate with your chopsticks.
Often the washing up of dishes and pots will be done in the street or alley.
This is the reality of authentic Chinese dining, in the "real" China... not the China of guided tours.
Mainland verses Hong Kong R53. I can't even imagine what passes for food and is served in mainland China.
Always trying to serve a... er... I mean save a buck...
China still a third world country. Kentucky, and US, a second world country. Holland, Scandinavia first world countries.
Maybe Kentuck's 2 and a half. China's got more lettered citizens.
Literacy in the Belt limited to Bible and comic books; brain-passives delights!
Roadkill on rice probably better for one than Denny's or strip mall crap like McD, Pizza Hideous, even the Colonel.
Still, glad not in those parts. Tho'd rather be in non-invective, sweeter citizened Scand.