Hull’s zero to hero Chinese takeaway goes from rats and raw chicken to five-star hygiene

The takeaway which hit the headlines after rats were seen outside next to dishes of raw chicken has undergone a staggering £40,000 transformation.

Hong Zheng, the owner of the former Jin Ocean on Hessle Road, closed the Chinese takeaway for four weeks for a full refurbishment, which saw every part of the inside of the shop ripped out.

It is now re-named East Ocean in celebration of its complete transformation.

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He said they have spent £40,000 on replacing all the interior, including kitchen and front-of-house areas, and the council has re-inspected them and given the premises the top hygiene rating of 5.

The premises was filmed earlier this year by an upstairs neighbour, who filmed a rat scurrying in the rear garden of the take-away, amid a bowl of uncovered raw chicken which was outside in the passageway.



East Ocean has undergone a £40,000 transformation and now has a 5 rating for food hygiene
East Ocean has undergone a £40,000 transformation and now has a 5 rating for food hygiene

The owner said at the time that the chicken had been placed outside temporarily while cleaning had been taking place, and said the employee responsible had been sacked.

He apologised profusely in an emotionally-charged call.

However, the future is now looking far brighter, after the top hygiene rating of five following the council’s inspection on November 9.

According to the Food Standards Agency, the take-away is now rated ‘good’ in hygienic food handling; cleanliness and condition of facilities and building; and management of food safety.



East Ocean on Hessle Road has had a full re-fit and now has a 5 rating for food hygiene
East Ocean on Hessle Road has had a full re-fit and now has a 5 rating for food hygiene

Mr Zheng said: “We have done everything to the shop, we took everything out in the kitchen, the pantry, we have done the complete job.

“We closed in July for four weeks and re-opened in the middle of August, and last week we were inspected by the council and have a 5-rating now.

“We have spent £40,00, it was a really big job.”

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He said the customers’ feedback has been great, with people loving the shiny black floor tiles and marble-effect worktops.

There are now new brown leather sofas in the waiting area, and everything is spotless and contemporary in style.

In September, Hull Live sent a reporter to anonymously review the food, and East Ocean was given a big thumbs-up by the writer for “flavoursome” fried rice, tasty and crispy spring rolls, and their tofu in black bean sauce was “another big winner”.



East Ocean on Hessle Road, Hull
East Ocean on Hessle Road, Hull

Hull City Council confirmed the new rating and said conditions had “much improved” since working with officers.

Mike Fish, Principal Environmental Health officer for Hull City Council, said: “We can confirm that East Ocean Chinese Takeaway in Hessle Road was subject to an inspection on 8 November, upon which it received a food hygiene rating of 5.

“After acting upon our guidance and practical help, this business has been able to achieve a much improved rating.

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“We encourage any business that receives a low rating to work with us and take the support and advice available from our Environmental Health team.

“Businesses can find out how ratings are worked out at the Food Standards Agency website. Visit www.food.gov.uk/safety-hygiene/food-hygiene-rating-scheme.”

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