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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Yum's in DC: Bloody Meat from a 'Homeless-looking Dude' for 'Ten Dolla'

"Yum's" is a shithole Chinese takeout near U Street in DC whose food makes Adams Morgan pizza seem like fancy foie gras served at The Palm. I've only eaten at Yum's once, blotto drunk, trying to fit oversized wings into my mouth. That's the only time anyone would ever eat there.

The drunk craving hit my wife recently after leaving a local bar. Her experience was straight out of the Third World. She writes:
After leaving Bar Pilar, I made the terrible decision to go to Yum’s (14th and T) last Friday night. I hadn’t eaten dinner and in a moment of weakness (insanity) decided to inflict some Kung Pao chicken on myself. I went into Yum’s and got in line behind a couple hipsters and a homeless-looking dude. The homeless-looking dude had placed three large, bloody styrofoam Safeway containers of some kind of raw meat on the counter. The old Chinese lady behind the counter was saying “Ten dolla! I give you ten dolla!” and the homeless dude said that was fine. The hipsters and I exchanged wide-eyed glances as it dawned on us that this dude was *selling* meat to the restaurant, meat that he had somehow obtained from Safeway… probably in an unsavory manner… anyway needless to say, I left Yum’s, never to return.
The above story was posted as a comment (#55) responding to people's thoughts on Chinese takeouts in DC on the blog, Prince of Petworth.
Dude. That is so, so wrong. I've seen some rough stuff in Asia but that? Jeesss...
In a tale of teenagers, sushi and science, Kate Stoeckle and Louisa Strauss, who graduated this year from the Trinity School in Manhattan, took on a freelance science project in which they checked 60 samples of seafood using a simplified genetic fingerprinting technique to see whether the fish New Yorkers buy is what they think they are getting.

They found that one-fourth of the fish samples with identifiable DNA were mislabeled. A piece of sushi sold as the luxury treat white tuna turned out to be Mozambique tilapia, a much cheaper fish that is often raised by farming. Roe supposedly from flying fish was actually from smelt. Seven of nine samples that were called red snapper were mislabeled, and they turned out to be anything from Atlantic cod to Acadian redfish, an endangered species.
I think the last comment appeared in the NYT this week.
Gaaaaaaaaaah disgusting.

In 9 years in Adams Morgan I only ordered from Yum's twice. I swear.

--Random Libertarian
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