*UPDATE* During a recent visit to the Ayer Rajah Food Centre, the stalls mentioned in the post below have (for reasons unknown to me) re-opened.
No, Halloween hasn’t come early. But people continue to be in for a shock when they find out what actually goes into their food.
While the folks in Europe are still crying foul over traces of horse meat laced with drugs found in various packs of beef, the shores of Singapore also suffered a similar blow when a number of eateries were slapped with fines for passing off beef as mutton.
You may ask what the issue may be; as beef and mutton are deemed to be more of your “regular variety of meat”. But in a country where Buddhists and Hindus (the former frowns upon the consumption of meat as a whole, while the latter strictly forbids the consumption of beef) represent a significant number of the population, it may come as a shock to many. However, on a personal level, it comes as a surprise and disbelief to me as most of my family members frequent the Ayer Rajah Food Centre – which houses 3 of the 4 stalls involved in this saga.
A number of stalls in the food centre have been in operation for the past 30 years or so, most with roots from Shenton Way back in the 1970s. My maternal grandmother’s place (which was where I spent most of my carefree toddler life) is within view of the said food centre and holds a rather dear place in the hearts of my immediate family members. I was due to showcase a few of the many delights of the food centre in the near future, but it seems that I may have to properly re-look and re-assess the stalls before committing anything.