TEMERLOH: Having enjoyed a lunch of kampung food that included ikan patin at a restaurant here, a group of 50 customers was shocked to be hit with a RM13,000 bill.
One of them said he had taken his friends to lunch at the restaurant which served kampung food such as freshwater fish, ulam (herbal plants) and vegetables.
He said that after the meal the restaurant owner handed him a bill of RM13,000 and he had no choice but to pay.
“The bill came up to about RM260 per person. That is a lot more than eating at a six-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur!”
The bill has become the talk among traders and residents here, which is touted to be the home of the ikan patin.
Apparently, the price of patin buah or patin muncung caught from a river is between RM90 and RM120 per kilo while those reared in cages are sold at RM15 per kilo.
The public, especially tourists, has been advised to ask for the price of this popular freshwater fish before placing an order.
The difference between the river patin and those reared in the farms is that the former is grey in colour while the latter has a whitish upper body and reddish lower half. The farm fish also has a lot of fat.
Othman Din, a Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry chief enforcement officer in Temerloh, advised restaurants and other eateries to display the prices of their dishes.
He said operators could face a jail term of up to two years or a fine of RM15,000, or both, for failing to do so. - Bernama