A woman bought a bowl of fish soup from a stall at the Amoy Street Food Centre and found a rusty fish hook with a sharp curved edge inside her soup.
The owner of the stall has since apologised and offered a replacement or refund as compensation after expressing his shock at the incident.
According to Shin Min Daily News, 36-year-old accountant Ms Zhang had ordered fish soup on 9 May at about 1 pm at the Amoy Street Food Centre for lunch.
She dabao-ed the food and brought it back to her office to eat, and while she was consuming her food, she didn’t notice anything wrong with it at first.
It was only after Zhang had finished all the fish meat and almost reached the bottom of the soup bowl that she noticed an unknown object that was black in colour.
She had initially thought that it was fried shallots and didn’t pay much heed to it, but later realised that it was a rusty fish hook after taking a closer look.
She said that he can’t figure out why there was a rusty fish hook in her soup, and she then reported the incident to the authorities.
And although she stopped short of naming the stall, she hinted that it was a “famous” one with snaking queues daily.
Zhang said that she doesn’t want any compensation and that she only brought up the issue to raise awareness and hopes the stall will pay more attention to the safety of their food, citing the consequences had someone swallowed the fish hook.
Shocked and sorry
The owner of the stall told SMDN that he was shocked over the incident and apologised for it, saying that they do occasionally find fish hooks hidden inside the gills of the fish when preparing the ingredients and added that they are usually careful when cleaning the fishheads.
however, this is the first time something like this had happened in their 40 years of business, as he admitted to their negligence and apologised to the diner, saying that thankfully the woman didn’t swallow the hook.
He also offered to give the customer a refund or offered her another bowl as a replacement.