Many months ago while running errands, I spotted a lady selling chung (meat dumplings) outside a chap fan shop a few doors away from Public Bank.
There were a few rare occasions when such stalls were set up just outside the bank. Since I was craving for chung, I decided to come back to the stall once I completed my errands.
I approached the lady and asked her what sort of chung was she selling. She told me that they contained meat, mushrooms and salted egg. These dumplings were of a good size and selling at RM5.50 each, so I bought 4 to stash in my freezer.
Then one weekend I took one out to steam. I was quite eager to dig into the chung.
So I cut into the chung.
Oh my God. One piece of pork fat, a tiny piece of mushroom, a tiny piece of salted egg yolk and a small scattering of beans. The glutinous rice did not even taste good. It was bland.
I had to douse it with Lingham chili sauce.
What a fraud. But I have to give that lady the benefit of the doubt. She could just be selling and had no idea she is selling duds. Or maybe she knew.
Lesson learnt. Don't simply buy chung from anyone.