Imagine catching up with your friends over dinner on a Friday night after a really long and tiring day.
You decide to order a bowl of some delicious mee sua and start to dig into your hearty meal, until…you spot a bunch of worms swimming around in your food.
Yes, you heard me. That is exactly what happened to a Stomper (who goes by the name “Wang”) and her friends while they were having dinner at Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup last Friday, on 16 August 2019.
Located at Changi Road, Seng Kee is rather well known for its herbal mee sua.
“U-shaped white stuff”
After finishing about half of his meal, one of them noticed some strange “U-shaped white stuff” floating around in his soup. Confused, he asked the group if he was the only one with that special ingredient or if the rest of them had it too.
Turns out the special ingredient was worms, and all of them had it in their individual bowls.
“Still in disbelief thinking that it might just be part of the soup broth, we picked up a few spoonfuls to scrutinise before we realised that the U-shaped particles had eyes and legs,” said Wang.
Obviously, they were horrified. Talk about ruining your appetite, and your entire night.
Confronting the Staff
The group went on to ask the staff to confirm if what they had discovered was true, and after a short discussion between themselves, the staff came clean and admitted that it was, indeed, worms.
Instead of offering them a refund, the staff members allowed everyone in the group to order something else, besides the mee sua. However, after witnessing what they had seen, they politely declined as they were worried that the entire kitchen could be infested.
In the end, they managed to get a refund and leave. (And probably never come back)
Wang also made sure to warn everyone she knew by posting about the incident on her Instagram account. There were about 50-100 worms in each bowl of mee sua.
Stopping the Sales of Mee Sua
The owner of the stall, Mr Li Tianfu, told Shin Min Daily News that his staff had not noticed the white worms during the cooking process.
After finding out about this incident, they immediately stopped selling mee sua and Mr Li even rushed to 6 different supermarkets to buy a total of 50 new packets of mee sua.
“Taking food safety into account, we stopped selling mee sua for one hour and made a loss of about $580. The replacement mee sua was also three times higher than the cost price,” said Mr Li.
According to the supplier, the flour worms most likely appeared during the manufacturing process and following the incident, that particular batch has already been completely destroyed.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to be bringing a magnifying glass with me from now on whenever I go out to eat. You never know what could be lurking around in your food.
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