SINGAPORE: Some diners still eat cockles despite health risks
Posted: May 4th, 2012 - 4:01pm
Source: Straits Times
Singaporeans are not called foodies for nothing - they will readily eat cockles, even though the shellfish has earned a bad name for being a Hepatitis A carrier.
Hawkers who sell laksa and char kway teow - which typically come with cockles - say the popularity of the shellfish has not diminished over the years, despite health concerns.
'Only about 10 per cent of my customers will say 'mai hum' (no cockles), while most will eat it anyway. Some 25 per cent of them will even ask for raw cockles,' said Mr Yosua Pang, 63.