Chinese restaurant owner admits serving opium-laced noodles to keep customers coming back

by Sierra Marlee | September 27, 2014 3:24 pm

When we think of “addicting” food, usually it’s something so good, you crave more. However, for some people in China, they found themselves literally addicted to Yan’an noodle shop’s food after the owner laced his dishes with opium.


The owner of the Yan’an noodle shop, known only as Zhang, admitted he bought 4.4 pounds of poppy buds in August. The buds contain the opium poppy seeds, from which the addictive narcotic opium is made.

Zhang allegedly crushed the buds into powder form and mixed them into menu items.

Police discovered the secret ingredient after one of Zhang’s customers, Liu Juyou, 26, tested positive for drugs during a routine traffic stop.

Cops held Juyou for 15 days until he sent relatives to the restaurant to eat the noodles in question.  After the family members tested positive for drugs, police launched an investigation.

Zhang was arrested and detained for 10 days.

“Uhm, yes, can I have two orders of the Heroin Noodles and some cream cheese wontons?” You know, if you’re having a problem getting people into your restaurant, reevaluate your menu or service. Or maybe, you just shouldn’t be in the food business. Have you ever considered being an accountant?

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