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Perth restaurant Charlie’s BBQ slammed over ‘meow meow kung pao’ burger

Barbecue restaurant slammed over sign advertising ‘meow meow kung pao’ burger claiming it contains ‘honey fried cat’

  • Image of a sign inside the store of Charlie’s BBQ in Perth was shared to Reddit
  • Proclaimed ‘Meow Meow Kung Pao’ burger contained ‘Charlie’s Honey Fried Cat’
  • Written underneath the insensitive line was: ‘Oops… clearly we meant chicken.’
  • The store received backlash online for its racially insensitive advertisement sign
  • Charlie’s BBQ wrote an apology on Facebook and received varying opinions on it


A barbecue restaurant has been slammed over a burger named ‘The Meow Meow Kung Pao’ after the restaurant wrote the item contained ‘cat’.

An image of the signage inside the store of Charlie’s BBQ, located in the northern Perth suburb of Currambine, was shared to Reddit on Saturday after a person noticed the controversial advertisement of the burger.

The ‘Asian-inspired’ item, which was the store’s burger of the month for October, was proclaimed to include ‘Charlie’s Honey Fried Cat’.

Perth restaurant Charlie’s BBQ (pictured) has been slammed over the controversial advertisement of its burger of the month on a sign inside the store

But underneath the controversial line, the store wrote: ‘Oops… clearly we meant chicken.’

The ‘Meow Meow Kung Pao’ burger, which cost $25 with chips, also consisted of char sui smoked pork belly on a fried rice noodle bed with spring onion, kewpie mayonnaise and an ‘in house’ kung pao sauce on a steamed bao bun.

Many social media users were not thrilled by the racially insensitive messaging used to promote the item.

'The Meow Meow Kung Pao' burger was proclaimed to include ‘Charlie’s Honey Fried Cat’, but underneath the controversial line, the store wrote: 'oops... clearly we meant chicken.' (pictured: The advertisement of the burger)

‘The Meow Meow Kung Pao’ burger was proclaimed to include ‘Charlie’s Honey Fried Cat’, but underneath the controversial line, the store wrote: ‘oops… clearly we meant chicken.’ (pictured: The advertisement of the burger)

One user wrote: ‘Low key annoyed about the whole profiting off Asian inspired food while simultaneously mocking it, particularly since this is one of my locals’.

‘The hardest part about living in Aus is most Aussies can’t seem to recognise the racism it or the harm it causes,’ wrote another.

While a third said: ‘I have no doubt this burger is delicious, it definitely looks it. I just find the name harmful, as it’s normalising the racist stereotype all Asians eats cats.

‘It just hits a sore spot for me as growing up, I would continuously receive comments from people saying I eat cats purely because I’m Asian.’

Many users of the social media discussion site believed the burger (pictured) would be delicious but were not thrilled by the racially insensitive messaging to promote the item

Many users of the social media discussion site believed the burger (pictured) would be delicious but were not thrilled by the racially insensitive messaging to promote the item

The store took to Facebook on Sunday to apologise for any pain they caused over the sign. 

‘As the business owners we do not wish to pass the buck or give any less of an apology than this deserves. We will however learn, grow & strive to do better and make the necessary changes,’ Charlie’s BBQ wrote.

‘A poor decision was made and there is no excuse for that, we as the owners take full responsibility as it is our job to make sure this type of thing does not happen and will not happen again.’

‘From the bottom of our hearts we again apologise to anyone affected by this,’ they concluded.

The post has received hundreds of comments, with varying opinions on the matter.

Some users have supported the store and noted people are easily offended in today’s society.

One user wrote: ‘PC gone wild…. It obviously wasn’t meant to offend….’

After receiving backlash over the burger, the store took to Facebook on Sunday to apologise for the situation

After receiving backlash over the burger, the store took to Facebook on Sunday to apologise for the situation

‘Lighten up people… had the burger today, was delicious! Keep up the good work guys,’ wrote another.

While a third said: ‘People are waaaaay too sensitive these days! Keep doing what you’re doing!’

However, other individuals believed that people who defended the store’s signage have never faced racism.

‘The people saying ‘no big deal!’ obviously have never experienced racism so what would you know,’ one individual wrote.

While another said: ‘Lovely to see ppl defending this. Always said Australians were racist.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Charlie’s BBQ for further comment.

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