The Curse of the “Pirated Butter Fish”

Recently i went for a trip to Langkawi, we stayed in The Andaman for 4 days 3 nights.
I’ll stay on topic and not talk about the run down hotel facilities; I’ll talk about the breakfast, lunch and dinner they serve there.

Breakfast

For a 5 start hotel, the variety isn’t as impressive. I’ll just list out what they serve (the ones that i can remember): Sausage, Bacon, Bread, Butterfish, Scramble Eggs, Miso Soup, Soba, Pancake, Waffles, Poached Eggs (This is good!!), Bloody Marry (wtf? for breakfast?) and salads.

Lunch

Its is pretty much same as the Breakfast: Spaghetti, Fried Rice, Butterfish, Chicken Sausage, Beef Sausage, Cake and.. i don’t remember the rest but that’s not important.

Dinner

The dinner is quite impressive (the atmosphere). the main focus is suppose to be the Grilled/BBQ food but they only grilled: chicken satay, beef satay and butterfish; they also serve curry lamb, noodles, chicken rice (serious), Murtabak and standard buffet food.

The Curse!

Did you happen to see what’s in common? press ctrl+f and type butterfish, you will notice that the only fish they served is butterfish. what’s wrong with butterfish? Nothing! the problem is, they are not serving us real butterfish! they are serving us Escolar instead of real butterfish (Stromateidae)!

Escolar

From wikipedia:

Because of the possible effects of consumption, escolar has been banned from consumption in Japan since 1977, as the Japanese government considers it toxic

If Japan banned a fish from consumption, it means that its extremely serious! (the fugu which can kill you if the chef is incompetent is still not banned).

Majority of The Andaman’s customer base are Japanese and yet they serve this fish to everyone.. 3 times a day!! It seems like that’s they only fish they stock up!

Effects of the Pirated ButterFish

Effects of consumption are:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • bright orange oil in stool (That’s some scary shits! Literally scary shits! )
  • anal leakage!

Scarry Oily shit!I am not saying that you will 100% get this if you went to a sushi restaurant and ate Escolar as you will only get this if your portion is no greater than 6 ounces (170 grams). But if you stayed in The Andaman your chances is that you will get effected as the only fish they serve is Escolar 3 times a day…

Note that i am not the only one who is complaining about this fish a quick google reveals result from : Andy and Adrian, gothamist and some women’s health blog. This fish should be banned completely from consumption!

Cuting-Cost or Corporate corruption?

I really think that its the latter, Real butterfish is significantly more expensive than Escolar (they are restricted from selling to some countries). if they are cutting cost, they would have just changed the menu. But in this case they lied to their consumer, the purchaser (most likely the head chef) decides to purchase “Fake butterfish”(Escolar) and pocket the remainder of the budget for the real butterfish.

So yea, Thanks to the corrupted ass holes, our trip is messed up by some Pirated butterfish!

Even sharks are afraid