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Health inspectors catch up with Tak Kee

By johnboy - 17 June 2010 22

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The Canberra Times’ queen of lurid court reporting, Jenna Hand, has hit another winner with the conviction of Kin Wah Wong, of Dickson’s Tak Kee Roast Inn for “failing to comply with food safety standards and allowing food to be handled in a way that made it unsuitable for sale”.

Tak Kee is the legendary establishment with the ducks in the window.

I’ve got to say I’ve always gone to Tak Kee for an authentic Chinese dining experience, which the story describes in every detail.

(OK, not completely authentic, I never saw any rats in Tak Kee)

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22 Responses to
Health inspectors catch up with Tak Kee
canern 11:43 pm 17 Jun 10

I’ll still go there because they have the best roast duck (I think) and friendly staff. However, a bit of cleaning up would be nice. Hope this doesn’t ruin their rep. Sorta feel sorry for the owner, gotta comply with Aussie food laws.

cleo 11:29 pm 17 Jun 10

I could just imagine the rats hanging around having a nibble! yuk

eh_steve 11:28 pm 17 Jun 10

Hm, I doubt business will pick up as a result of this. I don’t think saying that you’ve had worse overseas is a justification for bringing those standards here. Yes, I’m fine with the fact that you should have a Hep A shot before eating in Petaling Street, but not Wooley Street.

I’d wager that the massive sack of MSG that was kept in the walk on the way to the bathroom last time I was there is more than slightly responsible for what is admittedly awesome tasting food.

I won’t eat there again, that’s for sure.

PS, does the page automatically jump to posts with embedded maps for anyone else when using internet explorer?

Dr Strange 9:03 pm 17 Jun 10

Won’t worry me. Like other have said eaten at far worse overseas with no side affects – maybe occassionally.

Gerry-Built 8:05 pm 17 Jun 10

steveu said :

I wouldnt be surprised if their business picks up as a result of this negative publicity!

so well worth the $1500 price tag then?

steveu 6:46 pm 17 Jun 10

I wouldnt be surprised if their business picks up as a result of this negative publicity!

georgesgenitals 4:22 pm 17 Jun 10

I love that place, used to go there all the time when I worked up that end of town.

And, like others, I’ve eaten at way worse overseas and lived to tell the tale.

Gerry-Built 3:44 pm 17 Jun 10

doesn’t $1500 seem a little lenient for pretty major food handling violations though? Preparing food in the carpark (attracting wild birds) and using rusty/dirty equipment – Yuck!

shiny flu 3:36 pm 17 Jun 10

I don’t think any of it was really that threatening health wise. Roasting meat the chinese way is always a hot greasy business- in fact if you ever dared to use Tak Kee’s bathrooms you would have noticed.

A little clean up is a good thing- but IMO nothing to really worry about.

OzChick 3:26 pm 17 Jun 10

^ Me too. I’d still eat there.

lindt 3:25 pm 17 Jun 10

That’s a shame but unsurprising – and I’ll still eat there. Mmm, BBQ duck.

astrojax 2:58 pm 17 Jun 10

stick to the duck and pork, and the salt baked squid, and the laksa, and the gow gee noodles, and the spring rolls and steamed dim sims. no worries. yum!

and yes, postalgeek, exactly!

pptvb 1:22 pm 17 Jun 10

I love that place!

steveu 12:48 pm 17 Jun 10

Good that ACT Health are taking note of local restaurants. That being said, Ive always loved the food there regardless.

Postalgeek 12:25 pm 17 Jun 10

Indeed complying with modern food safety standards would go against the spirit of an authentic Chinese dining experience, if my memories of Guangzhou back alleys serve me correctly.

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