Melfort - Monday, February 4, 2002 - by Lorene Turner

Your tip of the day was: "Deception of any kind, accidental or otherwise, can really be costly."

I dined at the Tony Tomas in Melfort recently. On the menu is a kind of seafood casserole (might be called something else, I can't remember exactly), and one ingredient listed is "dungstercrab meat". Now, upon first glance, I assumed this to be some kind of crab meat. When the dish arrived, I was disappointed to see that it was, instead, crab-flavored pollock(cheap, imitation crab).

I complained to the manager but she said that "they never order real crab". I asked how I was supposed to know that it wasn't "real" crab when ordering, and she didn't have an answer for me. She basically made excuses.

I believe that calling pollock "dungstercrab" meat is a deception meant to lure people into ordering the dish. Some people might even believe they are getting real crab. I couldn't find the word "dungstercrab" on a Google search, and when I looked at crab-flavored pollock in the stores, it wasn't called "dungstercrab". I believe that Tony Tomas should be forced to call it "crab-flavored pollock" in their menu instead of "dungstercrab", because right now they are being deceptive.

I was rather miffed because at the time, I was taking friends out for supper, and the friend who ordered the dish was very disappointed. I felt bad at a time when everyone was supposed to be enjoying themselves.



Editor's note: Well Lorene I talked to the cook and it was pretty clear to me in our conversation that to her the only crab she knew of was the imitation crab that we all know to be crab flavoured pollock. They actually use the brand name "Seaquest Alaska" and serve it on at least dish on their menu. The interesting part of this story is the use of the word "dungster." This really makes it deceptive because there is a well known and excellent crab on the Pacific Northwest coast called the "Dungeness Crab" it is a smaller crab (two to three inches) and not used a lot in commercial fishery because of the abundance and popularity of the Alaskan King Crab which are not even captured unless they are over six inches across.