21st March 2023 – (Hong Kong) A recent Facebook post by a Hong Kong netizen has caused a stir among local foodies. The post, which featured photos of 12 dishes including lobster, crab, and oysters, was from a meal at a seafood restaurant in Lau Fau Shan. The netizen mentioned that the meal cost in the five-digit range and described the taste as mediocre. Netizens were quick to criticise the restaurant’s pricing, with some accusing the establishment of overcharging customers.
The post, which was shared in a Facebook group, featured 12 dishes, including stir-fried crab, stir-fried lobster, fried oysters, salt and pepper mantis shrimp, two types of tiger grouper, clams, boiled shrimp, and stir-fried vegetables in broth. The netizen further noted that the meal cost HK$12,000 and that each person paid around HK$1,000. However, some netizens pointed out that the dishes were nothing special and that the ingredients used were not expensive enough to justify the high price tag.
The controversy sparked concerns about overcharging practices in the local food industry. Some netizens even went as far as to accuse the restaurant of intentionally overcharging customers, with one netizen suggesting that the restaurant “skinned the fish so much that they were like water fish”. Others called for more transparency in pricing and for customers to be more vigilant in checking prices before ordering.
The restaurant has not responded to the accusations, and it is unclear whether they will take any action in response to the negative publicity. However, the incident has highlighted the need for greater consumer protection in the food industry and for businesses to be more accountable for their pricing practices. It remains to be seen whether this incident will lead to any changes in the local food industry, but it has certainly raised awareness about the issue of overcharging and the need for greater transparency and accountability.
It remains to be seen whether this incident will lead to any changes in the local food industry, but it has certainly raised awareness about the issue of overcharging and the need for greater transparency and accountability.