Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Extra Crispy Plastic Coated Fried Snacks

The News Straits Times Press has published the article “Scare Over Coated Snacks” on 29th February 2008.

Below are the stories that were sent out through email warning people to keep away from consuming extra crispy fried snacks or even chicken.

Story 1:

It happened in PERLIS (titi chai kangar..the pasar malam area where GORENG PISANG are sold in the afternoon .

Mom said, my uncle saw the GORENG PISANG hawker added plastic straw (for drinking water) into hot oil (and it melted) before he fried the GORENG PISANG, that is why GORENG PISANG, UBI, CRISPY BUTTER PRAWN etc all are very crispy for hours....
And, my uncle asked the hawker and he kept quite. And when my uncle told my mom, they realized that this is how fried fritters are crispy for a while. My mom said that in Thailand they do the same to keep the fried food crispy e.g.: ikan bilis, fried onions, Thai fried banana. Which if you leave them in the open air for hours still crispy.

Story 2

I was with my family Cameron Highlands. It was 3 pm and we were hanging around a market area. We saw many hawker stalls, suddenly something attracted my one of the stalls, and there was a big wok of boiling oil with a half-5-litre empty oil bottle in it. The plastic bottle melted slowly in the hot oil. At first I thought it was an unintentional act by a 7-yr-old girl ....but when I looked closely, I saw she was holding a pair of chopsticks and stirring the bottle. It appears the act was intentional...oh my God ... these people are using melted plastic to fry that the tit bits will not go soft when it cooled due to plastic.

Please share this web page with all your friends in Malaysia and Thailand.


Anonymous said...

so we worry about chinese food imports ?

Marco said...

->anonymous, this happens in Malaysia and Thailand, the the stories refer to Malay hawkers. But I believe this "knowledge" shall had widely spread among all the races namely Malay, Chinese and Indian. This has nothing related to China imported food


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