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Melody Ng
Monday, May 12, 2014

Food, Singapore

One meal equals to one month's salary

The New Paper | Melody Ng | Monday, May 12, 2014

(Left) The portion of the one crab that Mr Caaway and his family paid $707.20 for; (right) the receipt billed to Mr Caaway and his family.

Seafood meals can be expensive.

But a Filipino family on a trip here were stunned when they were hit with a bill for $1,186.20.

Just the crab alone cost them $707.

Their meal on April 26 at Forum Seafood Village Restaurant at Boat Quay also included prawns, a fish and a plate of vegetables.

Mr Santiago Caaway, 54, said the total bill was more than what the family paid for their flight here and back.

The restaurant had been in the news previously after tourists accused it of over-charging.

But Forum Seafood spokesman Thomas Tham said the restaurant clearly states its prices and patrons know how much the dishes cost.

And it was no ordinary crab that the Caaway family ordered. They had chilli Alaskan king crab, which other restaurants and seafood suppliers say is expensive.

Was Mr Caaway aware that he was getting the Alaskan king crab instead of the more common and cheaper mud crab?

Mr Caaway claimed his family did not know there were different types of crab on the menu but said they wanted it cooked in chilli gravy.

"We heard that Singapore is known for its chilli crab, so we thought we must have this," said Mr Caaway, who has since returned to the Philippines.

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