Beef Bacon has just been added to my list of WTF life questions. Those two words do not belong in the same sentence, let alone pass for any kind of substitute for the flavour of real bacon.
It’s not a weekend staple but every now and then I enjoy a plate of bacon and scrambled eggs. And crispy, the bacon’s definitely got to be crispy or at least partially crispy. So imagine my surprise when beef disguised as bacon was put down in front of me at a local cafe today.
The colour is so much darker it could never pass as bacon but in the end I convinced myself that it must have been and perhaps cooked in a slightly different way or from a new kind of pig or whatever. My husband was only told it was ‘beef bacon‘ when he was paying at the checkout and told them ‘my wife didn’t like the bacon’.
It transpired that the owners of this cafe do not serve pork or pork products which is entirely their right to do so. However as a customer who ordered bacon, not beef, it is my right to be advised of that. The waitress said nothing when I ordered it and the menu said bacon, not beef bacon. So my question is, why wouldn’t the owners just be transparent about it?
I know of several cafes and restaurants who don’t serve bacon and that’s fine. As long as you know, you can choose whether to go there anyway or whether to go elsewhere if only a real bacon roll will do.
Muslims do not eat pork and I respect that. I spent sixteen years in the Middle east so I like and respect the Muslim culture which in itself probably makes me a rare breed. It was only afterwards it occurred to me that maybe that is why the cafe doesn’t draw attention to it. Why would they, when in Australia, like the rest of the world, there seems to be a growing hysteria and mistrust of Muslims generally. Why give people one more reason.
It turns out there is a huge market for beef bacon for those who crave it, but are not allowed it, so I learned something new today.
But I also learned ‘goes together like bacon and eggs’ means you can’t substitute beef for pig and think no one will notice.