Street food prices creep upwards

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This looks like the exception rather than the rule as street food prices inch up.

Curry Mee in Penang
Still a few bargains around – but extra charge for toppings! – Photograph: Papa Sensible

These are the prices we are seeing these days, while others have hiked their prices even further.

Won Ton Mee
These are the sort of prices we are seeing these days, and even higher – Photograph: Papa Sensible

Thanks to blog visitor Papa Sensible for the photos.

In places where the prices haven’t increased, chances are serving portions have grown smaller. I know the local thosais have shrunk to about two thirds their previous size, the coconut chutneys look a bit more watery …

Tell me, what is it like elsewhere in Malaysia?

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Fakri
Fakri
4 Feb 2014 10.19am

Our national carrier MAS is introducing ‘Nasi Lemak Telanjang’ to its in-flight customers in Tahun Melawat Malaysia to showcase austerity drive in Malaysia on costing on food. Of course, Chef Wan did no approve it.

http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/75056

I suppose it is inspired by Menu Rakyat 1Malaysia?
http://www.fz.com/content/have-nasi-lemak-telanjang-bon-appetit

Fakri
Fakri
6 Feb 2014 11.39am
Reply to  Anil Netto

This is another MAS fiasco after the infamous video from the MAS steward.yang terlampau.
MAS cannot do well on its flight business, but cetus kontroversi!

rick
rick
4 Feb 2014 11.08am
Reply to  Fakri

This is a reflection of MAS share price. Used to be RM5.50 not too long ago, now only 31 sen!
It does not help when your PM has no confidence to fly on MAS.

rick
rick
27 Jan 2014 2.54pm

Price hike is unavoidable as these hawkers need to feed their family too.
The Pantau Harga Squad should check on IPPs and toll operators.

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
25 Jan 2014 5.37pm

It’s also cost-push inflation (e.g. higher cost of sugar, higher cost of petrol for one’s business van, higher electricity bill for one’s shop) plus an individuals not wanting to “lose out”, so the individual also raises prices.

henson
henson
25 Jan 2014 6.35pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

if higher cost of living persists for long, more will be choosy of what and where to eat.
Survival of the fittest may result in the demise of mediocre hawker business especially those who charge more yet the food not up to standard.

Today the traffic is horrendous in downtown Penang. Street food business as busy these days ? May be tunglang could provide his latest updates on street food in 2014 ?

Fakri
Fakri
26 Jan 2014 10.53am
Reply to  Anil Netto

Any price increase of nasi kandar in Penang?
Roti Canai now is so small that you need at least 3 pieces to fill your stomach.

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
25 Jan 2014 5.29pm

It’s like Mom-and-Pop corner sundry shops (higher prices, better service, friendly to regular shoppers) versus the big hypermarkets (lower prices, customers are friends? are you crazy?). But the former provide jobs for locals who can also be owners/entrepreneurs. While the latter provide McJobs. (It’s similar to the “Is Walmart good for the local economy?” type arguments in the USA. Squeezing local small businesses out of existence, while providing poorly-paying jobs with poor working conditions to its employees). Street hawkers provide skillfully cooked food (assuming the food is also hygienically prepared) while food courts are more likely to, increasingly, provide processed… Read more »

tunglang
25 Jan 2014 10.34pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Not to miss out the GM (genetically modified) food in distribution worldwide including to fast food joints. Though as a way to increase food supplies, I doubt its genetic safety & sincerity wholesomely to solve global food problems while some profiteering producers just destroy what’s deemed as oversupply of edible food stocks to maintain or manipulate food prices. In the food serving business, beyond enjoyment of gastronomical delights, it’s better to leave it to the chefs / ori-maestros (or Penang street hawkers) & restaurants / kopitiams to determine the quality & pricing & business direction without the big-boys-big-corporation cartel control… Read more »

JohanssmKhunPana
JohanssmKhunPana
25 Jan 2014 2.20pm

A plate of the Char Kueh Teow from the street vendors in Penang starts from rm 7.50 and beyond. Add in a glass of beverage/drinks and there goes another rm 2.50. Patrons have to endure dust and hazards Slightly cheaper to order a set meal from the fast food restaurant.which offers air-conditioning ,proper lighting & chairs ,clean toilet facilities and WiFi. Something is wrong with the pricing. .And street vendors normally blame the high cost of raw materials and difficulty hiring helpers. When fast food chain of restaurants are able to offer lower price, something is not right with the… Read more »

bigjoe99
25 Jan 2014 3.29pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Pretty decent understanding of fast food economics. So what can you conclude is going on? 1) The rising cost is NOT about material or commodities 2) its definitely partly about wages and logistics. 3) But MOST importantly, its about falling competitiveness in PRODUCTIVITY – which is why UMNO/BN is at fault..

henson
henson
25 Jan 2014 4.20pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Street food vendors must innovate otherwise they r gonna lose out many customers (apart from die-hard fans like tunglang).
Once street food raised to beyond RM5/plate (minus drinks), most younger generations would have opted for MNC fast foods like some claimed healthier sandwiches.
At home if turn on air-con must pay tenaga. At fast food, good lighting, free wifi, free aircon; and the ambiance condusive to social networking !!!

bigjoe99
25 Jan 2014 1.04pm

In KL, most places its even hard to find anything at RM5, RM5:50-RM7.50 the norm So Penangites are still lucky…

John Lee
26 Jan 2014 2.03pm
Reply to  bigjoe99

in fact Penang food I would say more expensive due to small portion, sometime one bowl just cant feel the stomach you need 2 bowl that add up almost equivalent to KL standard of one bowl. That’s why food in Penang more expensive…