Friday, May 14, 2010

Food for Thought - "Fresh Mussels"?

I went to a reputable restaurant on Jalan Bangkung that serves pork (you should know which one by now) and swear by it because of its lovely ambience, the pork knuckle and also by chance i know two of the partners who are very lovely people.

Last night we were there to have a dinner, a last one among the boys at work and i decided to do the ordering.

On the menu; a recommended item was the "NZ fresh black mussels" and i asked the waitress:

"Really fresh?"

"Yes sir, its fresh"

I take their word because they know their kitchen more than i do although at times, i find that some are truthful while others are unsure and thus say yes.

The mussels arrived and the sauce was lovely. Now it completely skipped my mind that shellfish especially clam-like including mussels should not be eaten if it does not open. No one really said anything until they said how come the mussels are so small and shriveled while i was opening up mussels. Well, while the mussels did not taste bad, it did irk me enough to pass a comment later.

Until someone on another table decide to open his mouth before me. Now this conversation was definitely interesting.

"Excuse me, i thought when i ordered this, your girl said it was fresh? Its all shrivelled and not opened"

"Sorry sir, it actually frozen but fresh when it was shipped here. "


"Sorry sir, let me take it away for you"

Now the question is this; are you allowed to say its fresh on the menu, claim it is fresh when you ask and then say it was fresh when shipped over, only to be frozen before cooking?

Now that experience definitely put me off because how cynical should one be when you are told the item is fresh in a restaurant?

Food for thought.


On another note, cant wait for tomorrow, going off to Penang, going to tapau lots of chee cheong fun!!


gfad said...

Everything IS fresh before it's frozen/processed, yes? So can I claim the frozen peas is fresh because it WAS fresh before frozen? Can I claim canned tuna is fresh because it WAS fresh before canned?

Dare I claim luncheon meat is fresh before it was canned because I used, presumably, fresh pork before canning?? ^_^

J said...

Gosh. So as long as there's no fungus growing off it then they call it fresh ah?
(Tsk tsk. Luckily the porky stuff at that restaurant is still yummy hor?)

jfook said...

Frozen that's mean it's not fresh then. LOL.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jfook: yeah lor, cant believe the fellow had the cheek to say that

j: pork was good, but im staying clear of the mussels!

gfad: it is obviously a case of stretching the definition of "fresh" tat made me so bengang.

eiling lim said...

haha maybe it's freshly frozen? Obviously everything has to be frozen well when it was shipped here but the thing is that maybe they didn't thawed it properly.

thule a.k.a leo said...

they can try to serve that in front of Jenn (my wife) and they would certainly get a mouthful from her...
for me, I'm quite mild (LOL!)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: usually im quite mild n mind my own biz too.

eiling: well thats beside the point. fresh means fresh (chilled, i get it) but to serve frozen and pass of as fresh is just wrong. thawing correctly or incorrectly should not affect whether mussels open or shrink.

Life for Beginners said...

Sounds to me like they tried to be quite "fresh" with you... :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: "fresh" indeed..

Sean said...

i'm just thankful i've never had food poisoning from mussels, oysters or any other shellfish in kl before!

HairyBerry said...

interesting! i'd never given this a thoughts. to me, "fresh" is one notch below "live". i guess it has to do with the Chinese translatioan lah. hehehehe.

reanaclaire said...

last time when i was in pan pac singapore, i had stomach disorder after taking 2 fresh oysters..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

reanaclaire: "fresh indeed"

hairyberry: well i wont expect live of course but frozen as fresh, stretch abit lor.

sean: thank god i didnt get any poisoning too

AugustDiners said...

Actually there's a difference between "fresh" and "live" seafood/
"fresh" is indeed mean lively FROZEN when shipped over. "Live" on the otherhand are those still moving about before you order them. :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

augustdiners: really?? aiyer..nxt time must ask frozen 1 ar?