PSA: This Rat Fetus Was Not Found in Timmy Chan's Fried Rice

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I'm honestly not even sure this isn't Photoshopped.
The Original Timmy Chan's on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (a.k.a. Timmy Chan's Chicken & Rice) may have only been inspected by the City of Houston Health Department once since November 2010, but that inspection didn't turn up anything that we'd call remotely offensive. And that Timmy Chan's on MLK almost certainly didn't serve a customer a rat fetus in their fried rice, as several news outlets were reporting this week.

The image above has been floating around the Internet for many weeks now, and each time it pops up on Facebook or a news outlet's Web site, it's attributed to a different restaurant in a different city. The fried rice with complimentary rat fetus was most recently attributed to a Chinese food court stand in a Lafayette mall earlier in April, and before that to Park City Chinese Food in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as the photo worked its way west across the country.

This didn't stop Houston Hip Hop News from reporting on its Facebook page that the rat fetus was found in a dish of fried rice from Houston legend Timmy Chan's, a chicken and fried rice with locations throughout the city. The old racist paranoias surrounding Chinese food and rat-, cat- or dog-based meat replacements were out in full force in the comments section of the Houston Hip Hop News Facebook page.

"Y'all stop hating Chinese been feeding us rats and other animals since we started eating their food," wrote David Williams, who referred to the rat fetus as "extra" protein.

"Rats are a big thing to eat they love eating RATS in other countries lol," elaborated a woman named Debbie TLady Green.

A final poignant reminder that culinary xenophobia is still alive and well came from a woman (?) calling herself Bigpretty Tittiez Allinyourface, who wrote:

also, before Marvin Zindler(Channel 13) passed away, he did a report where they went around to fast food Chinese restaurants in Houston and were finding frozen skinless big rats in freezer packaged as meat. Better stop eating at these nasty ass places, you don't know what that shit be!

Ira Glass couldn't have said it better.

Remember, folks: Not everything you read on Facebook is real. But The Original Timmy Chan's on MLK does have four stars on Yelp -- and not for having rat-fried rice.



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lilsnugglezdapimp
lilsnugglezdapimp

TIMMY CHAN IS THE SH*T!!! I LOVE THIS PLACE AND EVERYTIME I GET BLOWED OUT MY MIND THE SPECIAL FRIED RICE AND THE BUFFALO WINGS GO SO HARD. THIS WHOLE THING ABOUT RATS AND STUFF IS A FLUKE. AS A MATTER OF FACT I AM GOING TO TIMMY CHANS LATER TONIGHT AND WATCH A MOVIE AT HOME. TO THE OWNERS OF ALL THE TIMMY CHAN LOCATIONS KEEP ON SERVING GOOD FOOD AND DON'T LET THE MEDIA RUIN THE TRUE TIMMY CHAN TASTE!!!!

Phil
Phil

No lie, the last time I visited that location a rat passed in front of my truck while I was in the drive-thru.  When it passed by my headlights, it paused, looked in my direction as if to say 'kill the lights b4 I get mad', and then continued on its way.  I put my truck in drive and left (lol, to go to the location on Scott I'm sad to say).

Sarah Ryan
Sarah Ryan

Pretty sure it was from a chinese restaraunt in Tulsa

neilquan
neilquan

Good to know its not from a local restaurant. Id also like to reiterate a point made earlier in the article. Something like this is no reason to make racist remarks, exposing your own bigotry, hatred and xenophobia.

jacobsimonbocanegra
jacobsimonbocanegra

the reason this happened is because when the restaurant buys its rice, it comes in a 50 lb bag. that bag comes on a large pallet and theres about 40 bags to a pallet, mice and rats get into the bags from the bottom of the pallet during the storing or shipping process.i know this because i worked for a company that delivered pallets of rice to large grocery stores in Houston and one time we had to un stack a pallet of rice. well, at the bottom of the pallet, was 5 or 6 hairless baby mice or rats...

Maria G Rios
Maria G Rios

Timmy Chan its sucks I'll never going back to those places since I found the biggest hair in my life mix with my rice and of course I called health dpt on it, even more u can see different kinds of insects on light covers in the lobby

Andrew L Roulette
Andrew L Roulette

Are you saying that is a real rat fetis in the food? Gross shit man.

lwlamb
lwlamb

Since it was pointed out multiple times in the comments that the story was a hoax, you'd figure that they'd remove the picture.  I think they owe Timmy Chan's an apology at this point.

Ricardo Moya
Ricardo Moya

I'm REALLY wishing I hadn't have read that article. Ignorance is bliss sometimes.

downercow
downercow

It's not Photoshopped but I'm glad it's not a local restaurant!

Nancy Rosas
Nancy Rosas

Thanks for posting this at lunchtime. Yuuuuuuck!!!!

Javier Gomez
Javier Gomez

Hmmm....I guess the ol' cat was spared this time. :-)

Gretchen Welsh
Gretchen Welsh

Hey thanks for finally reminding me to dislike and unfollow this page! A city as big as Houston could give you a huge following, so why are there so many few likes for this page?..hmmmm. Just saying.

Dan Binder
Dan Binder

hey thanks for posting this photo

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