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A woman in New York claims to have found a dead rat in her soup from the popular Koreatown restaurant, Gammeeok. Eunice Lucero-Lee stated that she and her husband ordered beef soup from the eatery and found the creature, though the restaurant denies the claims. Lucero-Lee has filed a lawsuit against the restaurant, as well as alerting New York City’s Department of Health. The restaurant responded by questioning how the rodent would have got into the soup and suggesting the couple had written a review about a bug they claimed to have found in a takeaway soup six years previously.
A New York couple found a dead rat in a soup they ordered from a restaurant.
A New York couple claims to have found a dead rodent in their soup. They ordered it from a popular Koreatown restaurant over the weekend. The institution itself denies this claim, according to the New York Post.
Eunice Lucero-Lee posted a series of photos and videos of a dead rat floating in soup. According to her, the soup was delivered to her and her husband on Saturday from the Gammeeok restaurant in Manhattan.
“We ordered sogogi gukbap, a hearty Korean beef soup,” Lucero-Lee said.
In a comment to reporters, the woman said she filed a lawsuit against the restaurant.
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“We ordered at a famous restaurant called Gammeeok in Key Town and found the most disgusting thing in our food,” the woman said.
She elaborated: “We have been going to this restaurant for ten years as we are proud supporters of Asian food and culture. This incident in no way incites racial hatred or prejudice. And I will have a complaint against anyone who uses these messages for such purposes.”
Lucero-Lee explained that they shared their claims in order to publicize what happened, as well as to ensure that those responsible were brought to justice.
She stated that she contacted the New York City Department of Health. On its website, the agency has given a “C” rating to a Manhattan establishment.
An audit conducted on January 18 revealed several health violations, including a lack of proper washing, rinsing and disinfection of food contact surfaces after each use. There was also no protection of food, inventory and equipment from a potential source of contamination.
On March 15, the restaurant posted a series of posts on Instagram stating that the couple’s claims “make no sense.”
“We are open 24 hours and there are at least 3-4 people in the kitchen at all times,” the restaurant wrote. “From the video, you can understand that the rat could not hide from people and climb into a pot on a hot fire.”
Gammeeok employees elaborated: “When we prepared the soup for delivery, we poured it four times with a ladle. Naturally, the staff followed him with their eyes. If there was such a big mouse there, we would never miss it. There is also a video recording of the cooking process. We checked the entire process of making soup, but found no problems.”
The restaurant claims the couple wrote a review on Yelp six years ago about finding a “big bug” in takeaway soup.
“For most people, this is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Gammeeok wrote. The couple has now deleted the review about the beetle. Why?”
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