How to tell the Real from the Fake: Ma-Ling
Every Sunday my mom and dad prepare an assortment of dishes for my sister to take to her dorm which will be her meals for the week. Included was a breakfast of Ma-ling and egg. Ma-ling is a popular pork luncheon meat here in the Philippines, much like how Spam is to the United States.
My parents bought this particular can at a local supermarket here in Antipolo. They were surprised at how low the price was, they just thought that it was on a special discount. When it was cooked, it tasted different. It didn’t taste like meat at all but very bland and “floury”. That’s when we realized that they must’ve bought a fake one.
Here’s a series of side by side comparisons. The real one is on the left side, the fake on the right.
There was also a difference on the characters printed on the side. I can’t read it of course but the one on the right looked pretty much like the characters on the cans recalled from Singapore 3 years ago when it was banned.
Consumers should be made aware of the fake products out there. Please do help spread awareness.