Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Up, Up and Away .... Rising Food Prices - RT/WW


Tiny slice of abalone

Slowly but surely, the prices of food in Singapore is rising. And I'm amazed by the ingenuity of the hawkers.

I haven't been eating out much for months, but all within a week I was stunned by the huge increase in food prices.

I was charged a high price for a bowl of Abalone Noodles which has only one thin slice of abalone. How can they call it Abalone Noodles when there are more mushroom slices than abalone!? Feel so cheated.


Same price but serving bowl shrunk

The price of my usual bowl of Pork Porridge went from S$3 to S$3.50 and yet the serving size of the bowl shrunk. That's double increment.


Mini cockle and shrimp

I'm speechless. I take my hat off to this famous Laksa stall. How did they manage to find such mini-sized cockles and shrimp? They even halved the already tiny shrimp. Wow!

That's not all. One well-known stall which used to boil a good stock of pork and chicken bones for hours for their noodles have resorted to using bottled chicken powder. They save on gas and use less bones for the stock. They lose customers too.

It's back to home cooked food for me.





First Commenter - Juliana

51 comments:

  1. wow...looks very delicious :D Makes me hungry.

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  2. Very soon, it's the electricity bill going up, everything's going up with no pay increase in sight! I seldom eats out as it's simply more economical to eat in, I'm a SAHM so I got all the time to prepare a good meal for the family.

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  3. I love shrimp but I haven't tried those tiny shrimps.

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  4. It's the same in Malaysia. Price went up in 50sen increment. But then, the portion were noticeably smaller. :(

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  5. homecooked meal is always the best...

    come and visit my RubyTuesday if you have the time!

    have a great day ahead!
    xoxo

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  6. Prices of food go up whenever there's a petrol hike over here. An excuse to charge more.

    How much is that bowl of abalone noodle?

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  7. must be the rising high rent eating into their profits...so they have to reduce their portions or charge a higher price

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  8. Eating out is fun but not when it ruins the budget ;)
    Comment moderation, ECL, my friend?? hope you are not being disturbed by malicious comments...
    Happy RT, mine is here!

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  9. Wow! its indeed up up and away prices. Its the same here with most hawker food. The keep the prices stable but the quantity has shrink til my sons now need to eat 2 packets of char koay tiau to fill their stomach. What to do? Cook at home lah...like I make my own mooncake.lol

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  10. it's happening here, too. even when the government declared a price freeze on prime commodities, prices are definitely higher after the flood.

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  11. Wow! The price increase and yet the serving portion shrunk! If I were you...I don't even bother to eat. :p

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  12. It's the same even in the Philippines, ECL. I guess it's the rising price of fuel and such.

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  13. Was I first? :P I have actually noticed this prices too in the makan places we go to. *sigh* I guess everybody is feeling the crunch.

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  14. Prices are rising everywhere, it's crazy out there. What a shame about the powdered chicken stock, I hate to see traditional food die out like that, and at the customer's loss.

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  15. good info. Ehm, I think S$3.50 is very expensive just for a bowl of Abalone Noodles. The good idea may make it itself in your home

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  16. wooooooooooh!

    even here ECL! grrrrrrrrrr..damn economy!

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  17. its see delicious, but i think it contain much collesterol

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  18. What to do? Most of us at least need a meal or 2 outside...

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  19. Just watching the Asian Food Channel, I am of the opinion that hawker food in Spore is better than in Malaysia!!!! Perhaps beats Penang which is our best for hawker food!

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  20. i realise that too..same price but the content has reduced too in some sundries..

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  21. Welcome to the group of suffering about increasing prices people, lol !
    Here it's the same ! If 3 years ago you had a lunch for 6 € today you won't find any under 10, except vietamese or chinese food they increased from 5 to 6.50 !

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  22. It's good home cooked food for me. It's a healthier choice.

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  23. I wonder what will be necessary in order for the common, ordinary folks who actually work hard to earn their living, to survive in these days of challenging economic times?

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  24. Why do you buy abalone mee anyway? lol More economical to buy ingredients and cook wanton mee at home.

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  25. Same here la, everything so expensive now, food too...ur right back to home cooked food.. ;)

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  26. Those dishes look very good. I wish I could try some!

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  27. quality food is hard to find nowadays...you can but it will surely come with a hefty price on it. And yes to home cooked meals better =)

    thanks for your condolences...truly appreciated

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  28. high prices and smaller portions
    the same all the world over

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  29. the good old days are gone. price of food has gone up as well as other essential items but our salary remains the same.

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  30. nothing beats home-cooked meal. it's healthier and more economical.

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  31. oh gosh, are they blinded with greed? it wasn't even worth the price with the reducing portion n ingredients. geez!

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  32. everything is sky rocket high and not delicious anymore. I also resort to eating at home than going out these days

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  33. yeah I think better cook it at home & eating out less... Hate them keep raising price!

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  34. It looks very delicious and I know what you mean by the rising price of groceries! I have noticed that very much here in Kansas City!

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  35. looking at this foodies made my stomach growl.

    happy wordless!

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  36. Wah, increase more ah! I already felt Singapore is getting more and more expensive few months back.

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  37. the price of food has gone up and I've been eating out almost everyday sigh..

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  38. Yeah, they raise the price and halve the portion! They can do either one but not both!

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  39. haha! One small piece of abalone and they call it abalone noodle! What a con job!

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  40. Not worth eating outside nowadays. Not many are generous in the ingredients and portions!

    But people are still paying to eat at these eateries! So the sellers don't really care! Take it or leave it, they say.

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  41. Consumers should boycott these eateries. Then they will stop using such tactics!

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  42. Same applies for western food. Same price but shrunk burger.

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