According to China Cheat Sheets, 35 restaurants throughout China are being investigated for using opium poppies as seasoning on certain dishes.
Among the list is Beijing’s famous Huda Restaurant, which is known for having long lines and questionably-tasty crayfish.
According to Chinese media, the dishes in question range from noodles and dumplings to crayfish dishes.
Surprising secret ingredient may explain why #Beijing’s #Huda Restaurant is so popular https://t.co/hut5WQxaGg pic.twitter.com/i4kTPHpvlp— China Cheat Sheets (@ChinaCheatSheet) January 23, 2016
Under Chinese law, restaurants can’t use opium poppies on their food – no matter how yummy it is.
This latest case, however, isn’t the first time Chinese chefs have attempted to sprinkle some extra magic into their food.
In 2014, a pair of Shanghai restaurant owners was charged with using opiates on special crayfish dishes. Each is facing a three-and-a-half year prison sentence.