Among the restaurants under fire: the popular hot pot chain, Huda, which has several outposts in the popular Beijing nightlife area known as Ghost Street. A manager at the restaurant confirmed to The Guardian the chain was under investigation, but revealed no further details.
This is far from the first Chinese food scandal, let alone the first time authorities have turned up restaurants adding poppy powder to food. Seven restaurants in Ningxia province were closed in 2012 for using opium poppies, while 215 were shut down in Guizhou province in 2004 for poppy use.
So the next time you're looking for a fix, just make sure you trust your supplier. Of Kung Pao chicken, of course.
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Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Senior News Editor. He personally favors Western Chinese food, and will basically do lines of cumin lamb, if offered. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.