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I have been to many seafood restaurants in Asia over the years as they are a dime a dozen but this one has something very different and quite unbelievable. If you look very carefully at the bottom and last picture you will see that the large mantis prawns are inside large and clear plastic bottles. The bottles have not been tampered with and they have very small holes in the bottom so that when they take out the bottles at night to store them in the fridge the water runs away easily.

I stared at the bottles trying to work out how they managed to get the prawns inside the bottle, kind of like the model ship deal.

After a few minutes of scratching my head I asked the manager how they did it. He looked at me as if confused, “We don’t squeeze them in these bottles you know, after growing to their full size they are placed inside and the bottles sealed afterwards.”

I was rather irritated with the thought of them spending the last few weeks of their lives squeezed inside this small bottle and then asked him, “Why on earth would you do that, they can’t possibly taste any different during this storage process?”

The guy turns around and coolly says to me, “It stops them from fighting inside the tank.”

Go figure…..I did not order them.

3 Responses to “Famous Kota Kinabalu Seafood Restaurant”

  1. Mei says:

    Hmm… that’s something new. Haven’t heard of this.

  2. Laura Madere says:

    Thanks for sharing, that’s really strange. I am kind of with you about feeling bad for them. I know the prawns are food, but at least let them have some – what of a good life while they are a live, right? It just can’t be comfortable living in a bottle like that. It’s very hard for me to see the picture, but I could only imagine how sad they look, you drew a very clear picture.
    If I had to kill what I ate, I’d be eating lots of greens that’s for sure. ;)
    Thanks again, I am very much enjoying your website. You must be an unbelievable chef.
    Sincerely,
    Laura

  3. James M A Justice says:

    What the old rubberband trick that’s used for lobster claws not good enough?

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