This is what my friend Sandra found in her lunch today:
(WARNING: This picture will gross you the eff out.)
No, that's not a raisin. It's a fat, juicy fly swimming in the sweet and sour sauce. (Sorry it's blurry, we only had a camera phone available.)
It was the grossest thing I've seen since a Chinese grandmother hawked a lougie on the sidewalk a few months ago.
I think this is going to deter me from visiting hawker stalls for a while, especially the one at my office.
If you remember, hawker stalls are like the American equivalent to a food court in a shopping mall, only they're a little more on the rustic side. It's pretty common for certain stalls to pre-make their food and then set it in big containers under warmers. If you're having trouble picturing it, here's a visual:
They'll put food behind the glass for display or to keep it warm. The problem is that some of these stalls don't have glass to surround all sides. That's when the flies start buzzing around. Since most Asian dishes are served in a sauce, you can imagine how easy it is for them to get trapped and stirred into our food.
I mean their food.
I'm not eating it anymore.
Sandra was pretty shaken up about it. Several of us in the office have vowed to bring a paper bag lunch for a while.
Or maybe forever.
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