Friday, April 04, 2008
Ask der Price before U eat (Dont Paiseh)
(email from Uncle Sonny)
When I was small boy living in a kampung in Parik, Perak (60km to Ipoh), we were told that one day, when we go to big town (Ipoh or Kuala Lumpur), never ask the price of food before we eat. Just eat first then only we ask for price in order to camouflage with the city dwellers. This is also to show that we "have the money". Otherwise, they could easily identify who are those kampong people.
With the rural-urban migration, I live in Kuala Lumpur for many years. True to that saying, we never ask the price of food before we eat, unless it is listed. I suppose that depends on location and the type of restaurants. Not likely that the chup-fun store can charge us RM 50 for a plate of chup-fun.
Ah Yes, I still go back to Parit this weekend for the Cheng Beng. Okay, read the story below now ... :-)
Just ask before ordering...message from a friend....
Last week, I brought my guests to Genting Highlands. After a day 'above the clouds', we decided to have dinner at the Gohtong Jaya area on the way down.
We ordered some dishes and decided to have a steamed fish as well. So the captain recommended 'sultan fish'. The steamed fish came. HALF, and plain steamed. Good & fine.
But when the bill came, it came to over $500 !! We were shocked !! We were told the fish was 1.4kg ( & please bear in mind, its ONLY HALF A FISH ) at RM 320 per kg! RM 420!! This was daylight robbery. We were not informed by the Captain that a kg of the Sultan fish would cost us RM 320 and there was also no signs of such pricings anywhere in the restaurant.
When we checked with the cashier, she told us, its correct !! Of cos, it was our mistake for not asking the price first.
Anyway, on the way back to KL, we stopped at Unique Seafood,PJ, where one can choose a live fish. The most expensive Soon Hock swimming in the tank is RM135 per kilo. Asked them about the Sultan fish, it is going for RM100 a kilo.
Will be sending this letter to the newspapers, Tourism board, etc etc; and friends, pls pass on to all on yr email list.