Monday, October 1, 2007


Here it is, as a continuation to my earlier post. I have ceased to eat most street foods for the following reasons:

Fishballs, Squid balls, Kikiam, etc.: The raw balls come in plastic bags and close observation will reveal that the products are moist. Question, is that product supposed to be inside a chiller prior to cooking? Hmmn.. Ecoli bacteria, anyone?

Furthermore, do you know where the cooking oil comes from? There was this TV feature that showed a shop that systematically gather old cooking oil containers and collects left over product. The clear liquids are repacked in bottles and sold cheaply in public markets. Where do you suppose these vendors buy their cooking oils? for obvious reasons, they do not use the premium brands in the bid groceries.

The fried food is normally dipped in sauce which is prepared with water, sugar, vinegar and a few other spices. Since sugar is expensive, unscrupulous traders are repacking dirty sugar and worse, the cancerous "magic sugar" and selling it at cheap prices. A TV station showed that public markets are also being supplied with cheap vinegar made from Glacial Acetic Acid (which is supposed to be an ingredient in the manufacture of plastic and rubber products). I suspect that glacial acetic acid is usedby unknowing and some unscrupulous suppliers because it is very cheap. According to doctors from the Department of Science & Technology, glacial acetic acid in vinegar can burn holes in your intestines-- OUCH!

"This material is strongly corrosive and causes serious burns. Very harmful if swallowed. Lachrymator".

CHICHARON & FISH CRACKERS: Watch the Youtube video (above)

COCONUT JUICE: The ones sold in the restaurants, groceries and canteens are ok. But try buying from the street vendor whenever you get caught in a traffic light. Have you noticed that the it tastes more like water? Hmmnn.. I heard that in the slums beside the National Electrification Administration (NEA) Headquarters, huge drums of old chemical containers serve as mixing vats for home brewed coconut juice which are then repacked in those 12 ounce plastic cups.. I probably need not graphically narrate how (un)sanitary the preparation is.

In closing, I need not tell everyone how bad imported food is. We only need to look around and ask ourselves how safe our favorite native food really is.


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