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Chinese eat Koalas? Nonsense!

(China Daily)

10:19, November 09, 2011

A bamboo rat (left) and a koala. File photo

GUANGZHOU - The "Koala meat" that shocked an Australian tourist who saw it on a menu in Guangzhou last week turned out to be bamboo rat mislabeled for a promotion, according to the restaurant managers.

One of the tourists even phoned a radio station in Australia to report his discovery, as well as the fact that a live koala was being exhibited in an iron cage in front of the restaurant in Hotel Fisher, according to the Guangzhou-based New Express Daily.

Hotel Fisher is known for its seafood and wildlife cuisine in Guangzhou, a city celebrated for its delicious dishes.

According to the menu, 500 grams of koala meat sold at 139 yuan ($20).

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PD User at 2011-11-27193.239.220.*
Rats are really delicious! Go and taste it! More delicious than Peking duck!
AussieGuy at 2011-11-1860.241.23.*
Are the rats tasty?
wende at 2011-11-1871.255.93.*
First of all, the Chinese restaurant should not have advertised it as such. It should be fined. However, it may not be economically viable to eat koala"s meat as it has to be imported. Everyone knows horse meat is being labeled as donkey meat.
steve at 2011-11-18122.169.79.*
Australian tourist didn"t say anything wrong . It is clearly mentioned that "The bamboo rat was labeled as koala because the seller mistook the bamboo rat as a koala" . Aussies should keep it in mind that Chinese people eat bamboo rats .
PD User at 2011-11-1080.94.16.*
2011-11-9.Chinese not eat Koalas Ok!It mean that Koalas eats australian.Today to throw accusation.Can Koalas to be bad?Australian be odd nobody no to accuse australian a to drink beer poty's and to have a fatamorgana.

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