Weekend lunch for my family is usually chicken rice. There is this stall in my neighbourhood coffeeshop which is quite popular. Usually there is at least a half-hour wait on weekends. While waiting, I sometimes order fishball mee from the stall next to it.
This morning, I was at the same coffeeshop to buy lunch for my family. As usual, I ordered fishball mee and went to take a seat. While waiting for the young woman stall assistant to prepare my lunch, I witnessed a most disgusting act. When she scooped out the fishballs from the soup, she accidentally dropped one of the fishballs onto the floor. Nonchalantly, she just picked it up with her hand and threw it back into the pot of boiling soup without even washing it!!! She probably didn't know that I was observing her from a distance.
I immediately got up from my seat and approached her. I said, "你把那粒鱼圆放回去啊？我不要吃了！" (You put back the fishball? I don't want to eat anymore!).
As if nothing had happened, she replied, "哦，不要吃没关系." (Don't want to eat? It doesn't matter.)
Hello, what "doesn't matter"? Well, she did save one fishball and I might have saved myself from a bout of lao sai (diarrhoea). But what she probably didn't realise is that she had not only lost me as a regular customer forever but also others who might be reading this article and recognise the stall. (If you don't, provide me your contact details and I will let you know where this stall is.)
Worse, if NEA (National Environment Agency) comes to know about her grossly unhygenic act, the stall's license might very well be suspended. Okay, she probably only works at the stall and is not the license holder. But still, she could very well lose her job.
For now, I am happy just boycotting the stall.