Horse meat first for Falkirk restaurant

The Dragon Palace
The Dragon Palace

Diners will soon be able to try something completely different at a popular Chinese restaurant.

The Dragon Palace in Falkirk’s Callendar Road is believed to be the first eatery in Falkirk to put horse meat on the menu.

While the traditional Cantonese, Szechuan and seafood meals will continue to dominate, owner Michael Ho is confident his new range of dishes, which will include sliced horse meat stir fried with chillies and garlic in a soy sauce, will appeal to his more adventurous customers.

The 45-year-old chef, who has already given them the seal of approval by tucking in himself, thinks they could be in for a treat.

He said: “I don’t know if I’m taking a gamble but I’m going to give it a try.

‘‘Actually horse meat is really good for you. It’s slightly sweet and very tender and full of protein.

‘‘It’s also low in fat and Omega free and probably one of the healthiest meats you can eat.”

Michael is well aware the Dragon Palace is breaking new ground, but did his homework before deciding to go ahead. The horse meat he will prepare and serve has been sourced from a reputable supplier properly vetted by industry watchdogs.