JOHOR BARU: The Singaporean man who lodged a police report after eating a plate of Nasi Goreng Kampung (village-style fried rice) that he found too spicy at a restaurant here, said his tongue felt like it was "bitten by red ants" after eating it.
In his police report, former lorry driver Lau Thiam Huat, 61, said he ordered the dish and a glass of warm water for dinner at a restaurant in Jalan Bukit Timbalan at around 9pm on April 30.
When contacted by The Star, Lau said he was not fond of spicy food and would usually order steamed fish at the shop.
However, he wanted something a spicier that day and decided to try the fried rice.
"I regret my decision as after a few spoonfuls, my mouth was on fire and my tongue felt like it was bitten by red ants," he said.
Lau, a father of two, added that his mouth still felt uncomfortable the next day, which prompted him to go back to Johor Baru to lodge a police report at its south area police headquarters.
Lau said he suspected that the cook put too much chilli in his dish, and he made the police report in case he needed a medical check-up after eating it.
Lau said that he occasionally frequented the shop when he was in Johor Baru, but would usually just have a glass of warm water there.
"I might go back to the shop, but I will definitely not order food from the restaurant again," he said, adding that his mouth was still slightly numb on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, checks by The Star showed that there were no restaurants or stalls along Jalan Bukit Timbalan. Lau had refused to reveal the name of the shop or describe what it looked like.
Johor Baru South deputy OCPD Supt Abdul Samad Salleh confirmed the police report.