Snack shops along busy streets enjoy brisk business with their cheap, tasty and filling offerings.
But customers should make sure the food items they buy are clean, well-cooked and fit to eat.
Hygiene is an issue in many popular food shops in Mong Kok, where the volume of business could overwhelm the tiny workplace and limited staff.
In fact, Apple Daily reports, a woman working at one food stall at Sin Tat Plaza on Argyle Street was seen processing chicken wings on the bare floor before having them grilled on an open stove.
The incident was witnessed and recorded on video by a netizen surnamed Chung early Wednesday morning.
The video footage shows a middle-aged woman spreading out several pieces of marinated chicken wings on the floor of the shop before putting them in bamboo skewers and having them grilled.
Chung was at the shop for a stick of chicken knuckles at around 2 a.m., when he saw the disturbing scene.
He immediately called the attention of the manager, who brushed off his complaint by saying the food was “OK”.
When Chung insisted that the way the food was prepared was unhygienic, the manager simply refunded his money.
The video clip triggered a huge discussion among netizens after it was uploaded to a Facebook group account, Headline Daily reported.
Chung said he had long been buying snacks from the shop, but after the incident, he decided to go elsewhere.
Similar unsanitary practices have been discovered in many other shops over the years.
In September 2015, for example, a worker at Tamjai Samgor Mixian’s Tuen Mun branch was photographed cutting vegetables right on top of the drain of the kitchen floor.
Netizens said such unacceptable food processing practices are not uncommon in Hong Kong, but people tend to ignore them because they are always in a hurry.
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