The Chinese Year of the Horse 2014 may turn out to be a problem year for Chinese restaurants everywhere.
Normally special menu for four persons will be the New Year's animal meat dish e.g. mutton for sheep, beef for Ox etc. Admittedly dragon, monkey, dog, snake and tiger have proved tricky, but fanatical health inspectors this year have cracked down on meat sources due to horse meat being found where it shouldn't have been. Chinese Restaurant minister, Por Shun Flied-Lyse is furious with Tesco and other major supermarkets for their food labelling inconsistencies.
"These supermarkets do not put dragon meat on the label of their value ranges, causing the authorities to check our kitchens regularly for dragon meat. We may just manage by importing horse meat from France and we know that Australian and Welsh people taste like horses. To compensate in 2014 we are opening far more restaurants in Australia and Wales. Any spare meat from these restaurants can be frozen and transported to where there is a shortage.