Do you guys remember Horsegate? You know, when all of our favourite supermarket slop was actually discovered to contain small amounts of horse meat.
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Everyone shit a brick at the idea that they had been eating an animal that is considered domestic, but a restaurant in the Netherlands is actually capitalising on this idea by serving up horse meat burgers. The offbeat food truck called Keuken van het Ongewenst Dier, which translates as ‘The Unwanted Animal Kitchen’, now supplies its very own ‘My Little Pony Burger’ all year round.
The food truck has been serving the burger periodically for years and the patty itself is made from the meat of butchered, aging horses that have worked at a local amusement park. Grim.
Obviously the idea is that the meat doesn’t go to waste, as the animals were on their way out anyway. The entire menu of Keuken van het Ongewenst Dier is based around seasonal food waste. However, Chef Babbe Hengeveld admits that the horse burger doesn’t always do so well:
They don’t sell well because people do feel bad about the idea of eating horse.
I just need to throw away the meat sometimes. For people to understand, you really have to explain to them clearly about the unwanted ponies and horse meat. When I’m cooking in the kitchen, I don’t always have time for this.
Clearly it’s a good concept – these horses are only used for meat at a point when they’re going to be put down, so it makes sense not to waste decent food. But unfortunately people are too caught up in the idea that one species is for eating, while the other is for riding. Nevertheless, I’m guessing it’s still more popular than if they were to serve up a literal hot dog.