Date
25 May 2017
A Facebook post (inset) about the costly dai pai dong meal has attracted more than 7,000 views and shares. Photo: openrice.com, Facebook
A Facebook post (inset) about the costly dai pai dong meal has attracted more than 7,000 views and shares. Photo: openrice.com, Facebook

What a dai pai dong meal might cost if you’re careless

Next time you’re in the mood for a triple serving in a dai pai dong, you might want to check the menu again — and again.

And be sure to listen to the restaurant owner.

When a group of 45 people overlooked the extra price for a dish thrice the regular serving, they were hit with a HK$10,000 check.

Photos of the bill and the dishes are doing the rounds of social media after they went viral, inspiring more than 7,000 views and shares, according to SkyPost.

Netizens are calling it a scam, saying no dai pai dong, the quintessential Hong Kong open-air eatery famous for fresh food at low prices, can charge such a hefty bill.

The customers ordered 36 dishes, including ribs in salad dressing and eggplant casserole with minced meat, and 154 bowls of rice, according to the restaurant owner, surnamed Chung.

They were told each dish cost HK$240 because the portions were thrice the regular serving.

Fried grouper fillet in corn sauce would be HK$264 per dish, three times the regular price.

But a group member, surnamed Fung, said they did not expect the larger portions to be charged at thrice the menu price, so they complained.

Chung agreed to cut the bill by HK$400 but defended the cost which he broke down to about HK$200 per person.

Simon Wong, president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, said a regular dish in a dai pai dong is usually good for four people.

But a banquet dinner for 12 usually requires three times the portion of a regular serving.

He said it’s important that these details are clearly communicated to customers.

They can complain to the Consumer Council if they suspect they have been cheated, Wong said.

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