Hair in your food

June 23, 2007 in Cheesellaneous

Today i was eating a bowl of pork noodles and i found a strand of hair beneath the meatballs, passing itself off as beehoon of a different race!

What a disgrace to the delicious hawker delicacy!

Imagine there’s a hair in this bowl of hakka mee.


So i picked it out with my chopstick and placed it underneath a piece of tissue, pretending, “i didn’t see it, i didn’t see it” and carried on eating. But i didn’t finish it, because it’s somewhat disgusting and potong‘ed the yummy steam.

Luckily it was a strand of straight, fine hair, if it was all curly and frizzy… OMG, one of my friend had this traumatizing experience that she discovered several curly coarse hair in her nasi lemak!!!666 Where else can the hair belong to but you-know-where!

Her stomach churned upside down and she hadn’t had dinner that day.


Which reminds me of a joke.

Q: What’s worse than discovering a worm in the apple you’re eating?
A: Discovering half a worm.

Haha! I love sick jokes!

Imagine there’s a hair in this fresh bowl of garden salad.


Anyway! That’s not what i wanted to say. What i wanted to say was, SINCE WHEN WAS HAVING AN ANONYMOUS STRAND OF HAIR IN YOUR FOOD ACCEPTABLE?

I notice a lot of people i know do just that, eating a plate/bowl of hair-contaminated (think dandruff! kutu! 0_o) food as though nothing happened.

They say, 眼不见为净 (it’s clean if you can’t see it). I dunno! I find it somewhat true. I worked in a dimsum restaurant before (yes yes the push-cart girl) and GUESS WHAT! Back in the kitchen (which smelled like crap), there were flies all around frozen dimsums! When they dropped chopsticks onto the floor, the just picked it up and put it back on the table (before the opening hour, so no one saw it).

AND THE LAST STRAW. They did the same to dimsums. The dimsums were frozen, so they’re still edible and after steaming, they just look hot fresh oh-so-delicious.

And you think a hair in your food is disgusting!

The worst food related nightmare in my life. And i haven’t eaten a single piece of siumai for 3 years. But now it’s okay because dimsum is too good to pass on. Plus, i can’t see anything from the kitchen so i assume they are A-class clean. Like they say, 眼不见为净.

Imagine there’s a hair in this rice bento.

But after what happened today, i think it’s so wrong!

Is that supposed to be the way? I mean, somehow to me it seems like i will be making an enormous fuss if i complain about it. But, since when did we have to compromise on food hygiene when it’s every bit our right to satisfy our tummy (and for the peace of our minds) when we are the one paying for our food?

Last year, when the Asada family (cheesus i miss them 🙁 ) visited us, we went to a hawker center and had, i think, Fishball Noodles.

I also found a hair in the soup!!! (OMG why’s finding hair in my food such a regular misfortune? Was i a frog who killed a million mosquitoes in my last life to deserve this?)

Imagine there’s a hair in this Obriens’ club sandwich.

(Btw, it just happens too bloody often for me to complain. And my friends had warned me not to complain to those cranky waiter/waitress because you don’t know how they might sabotage your food any further back in the kitchen, thinking that ‘my cat just pooed on my expensive sweater this morning and my car died halfway to work, boss said no bonus this year then you freaking idiots are giving me a shit time complaining about a hair which is not even mine!!! Go to hell. *spits into food* Here you go a new plate of Indo mee’. Great.)

Then like usual, i chucked it away and continued eating.

Asada Okaasan stared at me as if a pair of green Shrek horns (ears?) just popped out from my head.

“OMG WHY ARE YOU STILL EATING THAT?” (in Japanese la. I forgot how they say omg.)

Imagine there’s a hair in this bowl of foie gras fried rice.

I was taken aback by her sudden strong reaction. (you know how Japanese like to have very kua cheong expressions one!)

She turned to Wilson and asked, “If you find hair in your food, you just pick it out and keep eating?!”

Wilson shrugged (a bit flummoxed by the question) and replied, “Yea normally i just pretend i didn’t see it. Even if you complain to the sellers, they will just say ‘haiyo hair oni la,won’t die one’ then pick it out and return it to you.”

Asada Okaasan looked at us, wide eyed, in complete disbelief.

“In Japan, if such thing happens, the shop owner will personally come to you, bow a gazillion times while saying how sorry he/she is, then replace a new plate of food for you absolutely on the house, and if you’re lucky, you might even get free meal coupons in that shop for the rest of the year.”

Haih. That’s why we love Malaysia lor.

Imagine there’s a hair in this strawberry panna cotta. Now you know how i feel?

Don’t even bother demanding a replacement even if you find a cicak inside your laksa. Because, who knows, that new bowl of laksa may have more than just a cicak.

53 responses to “Hair in your food”

  1. Angel W says:

    those aren’t hairs..
    they are 发菜’s..

  2. Ying Bin Sousa says:

    Good one! 🙂


    oh god! @@!
    i found a strand of greyish curly hair in my kaya toast once…then, i glanced at the ‘ah mu’ selling it…HOT DAMN! she had GREYISH CURLY HAIR! @@!
    i discarded that poor piece of kaya toast and tried my very best not to let my imagination run wild…..yuck…Xq

  4. doreen says:

    And I was one of those unlucky ones, find the coarse, curly from “you-know’where” area in my noodle soup when I was having my lunch in the Woodland shopping centre food court, Singapore! Bloody disgusting! (>.

  5. hey cheesie!!
    i love reading ur blog and have been reading it since i don’t know when haha
    yer hair in food… -.-||
    ne, can i link u to my blog?? ( ^-^

  6. adrina says:

    I’ve found hair in my meal a gazillion times. Usually I just pick it out, separate that area from the rest of the food and carry on eating. Never found one before in soupy meals though.

    But I’ll feel a bit shy if my friends knew what happened and I still carry on eating. It’s as though I’m showing them I’m so not hygienic that I would eat dirty food =.=

  7. dan says:

    i’m also like u. if i see a hair, i’ll just push it aside and keep eating. no point worrying about it too much – imagine all the hairs and other things u have eaten that u didn’t spot hahah

    or else if u want to be funny with your friends, pretend to use the hair as dental floss. that will surely disgust everyone!

  8. dave63 says:

    Hi Cheesie, I understand about hair in your food, It happens sometimes here in NY, If I am with Laly, That particular Resturant goes on her black list, We dont eat there anymore. As for the curly frizzy hairs, Have you taken a good look at my picture on My Peace Project, thats all you find on my head. Go to and check it out.

  9. ChinoDevean says:

    Salah salah. Food hygiene should come above all else. Why should one compromise one’s health for others’ mistakes.

    Being in Malaysia, one must also be smart WHERE you should/shouldn’t exchange dirty food. I’ve know barristas that spit into your coffee if you don’t complain politely. And also aunties that tell me “haiya, you noneed to pay la” after I found a dead insect amongst my kolo mee.

    However, I observed mamaks and hawker stalls usually will just do a clean bowl/plate of replacement dish, and maybe a word of “sorry”. They may look unapologetic, but at least they take it in their stride, and don’t re-contaminate the food.

  10. cheesie says:

    Angel: Your hair will make a pretty good pasta dish! HAHA!
    Freshoyster: Hey at least you know the curliness is from up north and not down south.
    doreen: 😐 Did you ask for a replacement!
    princessKamen: Thank you for leaving your droppings here! Yes yes link ahead i’ll be most happy. 😀
    adrina: Ya la! And paiseh nak make a bid fuss outta it.
    dan: 😐 sick
    dave: Good luck with your project! 🙂
    ChinoDevean: It would be completely alright to file a complaint at a hotel if such hairy incident happens. After all you expect to be treated with well manners. But sometimes you just don’t wanna often certain grumpy people.

  11. pH7 says:

    aiya…hair only mar..imagine if you find a “Siu Keong” in your food:|

  12. Emily says:

    I love your blog!
    But id really like to see more pictures of you which is what was always included in your past entries. It would be far more interesting and im sure others would agree with me. Right??

  13. xy says:

    hey, do u know human hair has been used as food for more than hundred years?(ref:l-cysteine -google) u r in good luck to have such a natural n original ingredient in ur food,not only that its an anti-oxident too,so next time u see it chew it! 🙂

  14. zzz says:

    yea ! i agreed, i m 60 but my biological age is 40, thanks to the hairs that i have been chewing for years !

  15. Kim says:

    hmm..i once found a matchstick in my bowl of noodles. The hawker lady claims that she uses electric gas and blames it on the noodle manufacturer =

  16. Suryanata Wongtomo says:

    Hrm, for me I have some experience in Malaysia and i brush it aside. It does not look hygienic but i have to admit, i have not had food poisoning from that. Still no compromise. I have developed a slight appetite destroying attitude when i go back to Malaysia eating outside food(i study in aussie) looking at the way they clean their plate and the oil(used gazillion time) and the kitchen(looks like a dump). It is ridiculous how we accept it, third class mentality indeed.

    Still, are we blowing things out of proportions? I mean, it is still not acceptable but we dont hear of food poisoning outbreak. A better standard should definately be aimed and we should cook the food like how we prepare for ourselves/family, still is the ultra high standard of many first world country reasonable?

    But back to topic, the only incident here that i encounter(i’ve never looked through any kitchen in detail though from first look most looks quite acceptable and quite a few is commendable) is that one of the popular restaurants that serve greek food which opens 24/7 had a busy clubbing night and the guy cooked food and handle money at the same time with his hands filled with onion sauce. That turned off my appetite. As much as it is good food(prolly the best budget greek food), sorry not going there anymore.

    Which brings to one question, why are the food that taste good often have bad hygiene involved in thier cooking. Extra flavors anyone?

  17. Angel says:

    Ever had siu keong in ur hokkien mee? I did =(

  18. Senderos says:

    i have something to add on here…
    sometimes those hair u found in our food..might be our own hair!
    so cannot 100% blame those hawker la!

    but then the curly hair..ok it’s disgusting…there is only a few part of our body have curly hairs =S

  19. doreen says:

    No, I was in a hurry so I just left the plate and gone. *sniff*

  20. azeelia says:

    eeeewwww…geli giler.

  21. pmc says:

    What’s a little hair, guys don’t mind with or without, LOL 🙂

  22. Fishy says:

    no one’s perfect i guess.. so mayb the waiter/waitress or the cooks make a mistake by ‘adding’ the hair in ur food.. it’s not like they can make their hair 2 stop falling when they are preparing ur dish.. lol but i still hv to agree wif u cheesie.. y do we have to be quiet when we spot a strand of hair in our food? it’s not fair lah!

  23. gaL says:

    vomited when i found hair in my chak fan. can’t swallow any food for the whole day after that. gross…

  24. kcin says:

    reminds me of fear factor, compared to what they gotta eat, hair is nothing… -.-

  25. cheesie says:

    pH7 & Angel: …… 😐 Like, which part? Or an entire siu keong?
    Emily: Haven’t had time to camwhore lately! 🙁
    xy & zzz: So the starving kids in africa and just bite their friend’s hair in order to survive?
    Kim: What! That’s bizarre. Was the matchstick burnt? haha she prolly use it to BBQ those noodle.
    Suryanata Wongtomo: The people from gov come for inspection, that’s the only time they’ll be clean lo. They do that a lot in hawker center, chopping chicken with one hand and handling money with another. And money is prolly the dirtiest thing in the world. Literally or otherwise.
    Sendero: I can recognize my own hair! If it’s loooooooooong it’s definitely mine. But not curly ones!!!666
    azeelia: Incheese.
    pmc: i suppose you adore Sadako.
    Fishy: Turn your dish upside down before you eat. 🙂
    gaL: Whoa so serious ah. If you found one siu keong how?
    kcin: Those idiots in Fear Factor didn’t even dare to eat century eggs.

  26. dan says:

    i saw your blog in which you mentioned that you loved your friends camera phone because it made u guys look slimmer.

    Look at this! HP also now has a digital camera that can do that!

    …not that you need to look slimmer! =)

  27. clement says:

    fuiyooo…… i so feel like throwing out after reading this post…… i don wan to eat outside anymore >_

  28. a shen says:

    hey pretty…r u the one who told me that u saw the kitchen staff dropped the chicken and then put back to the plate and served???

  29. Jas says:

    your blog entries are not getting any more interesting -____-””’

  30. x says:

    As long as there are no pubs in my food i am okie….:P

  31. Steffi says:

    I always find weird stuff in my food. Insects, hair…Even found four baby cockroaches in my TINY cup of tea. Another unappetizing discovery was this big hornet in my curry chicken (kah liu ah?!) Sometimes I wonder I’m being followed by the insects…-_-

  32. CheesieFanBoy says:

    “眼不见为净” is definately right, in MAisa espeacially if you are overly hygienic you will end up missing out on lots of good food. SInce most of em are in hawker stalls and not restaurants, so you really cant espect much.
    BUt if you were at a luxury restaurant then finding a hair in your meal will be an issue to complain over cuz you paid an extravogant amount of money and additional ingredients which are not supposed to be there is not exceptable.

  33. pmc says:

    cheesie eeew to sadako, i was referring to “downtown” on a woman 😀 LOL

  34. cereal says:

    tell me abt it… last night i went to the subang market, me 1st time there. bought a vege taiwan popiah. when i brought it back home, I found a strand of hair. usually i will just take that out and continue eating, but I found not only one later, but another 6 hair strands!!! Disgusted, I threw the whole thing away. There might be even more that I have yet to find! The uncle must be seriously balding and its getting all into his ingredients. EWW!!

  35. Converse says:

    In Singapore, usually hawkers with “C” ratings, the food taste best and it works it’s way like that to A. But personally I have never found hair in my food, except my mom’s cooking. At least I know its her hair, or some family member’s.

  36. Annie says:

    actually i was in malaysia last time n there was an ant in my bowl. then i got an offer for another replacement on the house which i dint want so the meal was on the house. pretty good loh.

  37. Paul says:

    A bit of hair okay lah. Sure not yours ah?

  38. Porkie says:

    Jas – If Cheesie’s blog posts are uninteresting, your reply is much much worse. Its so stale and boring. Don’t like what you read? don’t come here and read!

  39. cheesie says:

    dan: OMC really!!! Thanx acheese! *runs to HP shop*
    clement: ask gf cook!
    a shen: OMG!!! (literally) No la not chick it’s dimsum. No wonder they closed down d!
    jas: Next time i should attempt to write on taxidermy and human’s right.
    x: Whoa may i say you are, uhm.. receptive?
    Steffi: 0_0 Maybe you were a frog too in your last life. Karma. o_o
    Cheesiefanboy: As long as it’s edible shit it should be hygienic.
    pmc: 😛
    cereal: WHATTTTT?!?!?666 7 freaking strands of hair in one popiah? Man, i’m beginning to suspect that, like xy said, human hair is becoming a popular food ingredient/booster.
    converse: Waa, blood is thicker than, uhm, hair?
    Paul: It’s not leh. I know my hair very well one. 🙁

  40. angelyn says:

    u curse n swear when u find hair in food, on ur birthday(someone slammed u with creamy cheese cake) u laugh n swear with food on ur hair! 🙂

  41. curry says:

    i also like you, just take it out and eat ler.

  42. lomaikai says:

    Cheh hair only la don’t die one.

  43. doll says:

    大惊小怪,小惊大怪,hv u not heard of human hair used as food ingredient?

  44. pH7 says:

    well, if is the whole body…at least you can spot that easily…imagine if is something like…just head…or leg….or other smaller portion:|
    I have a colleague who is a siu keong magnet…couple of times she already found siu keong in her food…really feel sorry for her:(

  45. danu says:

    I actually found hair after eating a really nice meal at Italliannies one day..
    I didnt expect to get the meal free or anything but I thought I should let the manager know because it is his/her job to ensure the quality of food and service is up to par.
    However, after i pointed the hair out politely, the staff took the plate away, and the manager and him stared at our table from afar and never apologized.
    I havent gone back, not because I was grossed out from the unhygenic food, but because of the way they dealt with the situation.


    And I do love Italian food =(

  46. jessica says:

    Hair is nothing. When I was a kiddo, I love crackers. Crackers + Milo was daily rituals lah. One fine day, while happily munching my cheese crackers, I tasted something funny… hmn… something medicated and voila, someone “mixed” his/her Hansaplast in the crackers batter lerrrr. Apparently they never use glove lor in the biscuits factory.

  47. Biolovepulse says:

    There has been a few times I’m faced with this.

    There was once I bought chicken rice from a Malay stall. As I was eating my delicious chicken rice away suddenly I spotted a shiny piece of object (that looks like glitter). And I yelled..

    “What a piece of foreign material…!”
    My friends laughed.

  48. illusionx says:

    Eww… you just made me lose my appetite!! lol. Ok. i’m just joking. it’s 3.06am here.. meaning i won’t be having brunch (breakfast + lunch) until 8 hours later. XD

    I have had quite a few experience of this. It’s utterly disgusting. Even when my dad’s cooking at home, and when I was eating my food, I found a few strands of white hair in my dish. And well, I lost my appetite for 3 days. @.@ (I reminded him to wear a bathing cap before cooking the next time) I remembered eating at this expensive Chinese restaurant… and while happily enjoying the food……… you know the rest. And of course, my family vowed not to set foot in this restaurant for the rest of our lives.

  49. Hayabusa says:

    i dunno about you guys la, but somehow, i’ve develop (dunno how it happen though) some ability in handling this kinda food, hair & siu keong sometimes manage to make their way to my food (ever tried having siu keong in 2 plates of rice in the same week?).

    while people are disgusted, i just keep eating… even when i found a siu keong on top of the food before i take my first bite (but still depends how big is that siu keong la… the ones i encountered were babies). after finish, i scoop the dead siu keong from where i left it & put it in the middle of the plate…

    heck i can even eat something i just drop on dry floors seconds ago & eat it without giving a second thought… you can even talk about shit, all kinds of shit & its relatives in front of me while eating & will still fail to cut my appetite (even once where it backfired on the friend who try this on me)….

    so, what do think of this ability of mine? cuz really, i don’t know if its good or bad…

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  51. WaiLynn says:

    There was a cockroach in my Char Kuey Tiao once. =.=

  52. 布丁妹 says:

    Ewww . Me and my mom once ate a bowl of asam laksa with a BABY COCKROACH in it -.-

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