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:
"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!!