This evening, I stayed back in the city after work to attend a presentation about slow pyrolysis technology (more in another post). It was very informative, and before hand I had a chat with a guy called Hamish from Yarra Energy Foundation, who is of the same opinion on many topics as I am.
So, after the presentation and another quick chat, I headed off to the tram stop, then rode the tram to the regional rail station. It was about 8pm by this time and I could have eaten a low flying duck, but as ducks were scarce I opted for the only food outlet open within walking distance of the train station, that being Hungry Jacks or better known as Burger King. I hate fast food at the best of times, with their feed lot beef, CAFO chicken and orangutan killing palm oil derived burgers, so I chose what I thought was going to be a safe option. Without looking at the menu board, I ordered a veggie burger as it was one of my two weekly veggie days, and thinking that if I was going to eat crap, at least nothing had been killed to satisfy my hunger.
Anyway, as I was munching into my presumed guilt free burger, I happened to look up at the menu board above the counter, and in fine print read the words “*includes calf rennet” just under the veggie burger item as if it was a feature of this meal. Now the majority of people I know have no idea what rennet is, or for that matter what a calf is! After all, most school children in urban environments think that milk comes from a carton. As good cheese makers know, calf rennet is used in cheese manufacturing to coagulate the milk into curds and whey, however there is a perfectly acceptable substitute in the form of vegetable rennet, which I use in all of my cheeses.
To my surprise, this veggie burger is actually sold as under the beef classics menu, which makes sense seeing that after a bit of research it contains the following: Contains Wheat (gluten), Sesame Seeds, Soy, Egg, Milk & Milk Products. Cheese and Veggie Patty both contain Animal Rennet.
So to address my concerns I talked to the manager of the store who promptly told me that I should have asked for the burger without cheese! To which I told him that I was never offered a cheeseless option, and that I was a vegetarian (a white lie), to which he shrugged his shoulders and walked off and mumbled that he had never had a complaint before about it. I didn’t know it at the time, and neither did the manager, but the patty has cheese in it as well! What crap service for crap food. Veggie burger my arse! Hungry Jacks have joined my boycott list. They join McDonalds, Red Rooster, KFC, Coca-Cola, and Nando’s Chicken.
Maybe if the warning was not in the smallest of texts, I would have not ordered the burger, however as I was halfway through it, and not a strict vegetarian, and was very hungry, I removed the remaining cheese and ate the remaining burger, angry and disappointed that they would continue to get away with the deception.
I wonder how many vegetarians have chocked on their pretend veggie burger halfway through their meal?
I suppose the Romans said it best. Caveat emptor