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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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

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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.

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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
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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.

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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 »

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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 street vendors.

bigjoe99
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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
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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…