Zhang shares his recipe online. /Screenshot via Weibo
Shocked by the initial response, Zhang then spoke to other staff, all of whom ignored his complaint.
Eventually, they offered him a refund plus a small compensation, as opposed to the triple compensation mandated by China's food safety laws, which state that consumers have the right to complain and ask for compensation if they encounter food safety misconduct in the restaurant at which they are eating.
What's more ironic was that a manager at the shop reportedly told Zhang to sue them, thinking that Zhang would back out. So the customer did exactly what he was told.
In the lawsuit against the shop, Zhang demanded compensation of 1,000 yuan (about 145 US dollars).
Even though it's a small case, the court reassured him to not worry, as they've accepted cases that asked for as little money back as a dime, according to Zhang.
In the end, the restaurant agreed to pay up 1,016 Yuan as ordered by the judge, who said Zhang's lawsuit is sound and that it must deal with the consequences.