AMK S$11 cai png expensive? Mackerel cost price is S$7-8, sold for S$9, stall owner informed dinner – Mothership.SG
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A low-cost take-out box of rice from a street vendor stall in Ang Mo Kio has led to a heated discussion online after it was revealed that the piece of fish, several pieces of yong tau foo and the rice cost 11 Singapore dollars.
The restaurant that purchased the food shared a photo of it on Reddit on June 15 and wanted to ask others’ opinions if it was the result of inflation or being ripped off.
Turns out mackerel isn’t cheap, inflation is real, and that cai png stand at the Mayflower Market and Food Center has his fans who would defend him for preparing a varied and fresh selection of dishes worth paying for.
The stand owner speaks
The owner of an economical rice stand spoke to Shin Min Daily News on June 17, to share their side of the story and provide more context.
The reporter, who visited the street vendor center, noted that the stall, which sells economical rice and porridge, had a steady stream of customers.
The 64-year-old, surnamed Cai, who spoke to the Chinese newspaper, is one of the stall owners who has run the business with her husband for 12 years.
Cai said she was aware of online discussions regarding her economy rice package.
She explained that the mackerel bought by the diner that day was already expensive compared to its cost price, since the price of this fish had recently increased.
The price, she explained, is determined by the quality, which differs.
Cai said, “The mackerel has different qualities. The ones I take are good, and they are thickly sliced, not thinly sliced like other budget rice stalls.”
“The piece of mackerel cost S$7 or S$8, and I only sold that piece to the restaurant for S$9+.”
The landlady also explained that she even gave the customer a discount disregarding other costs and informed him that the meal was more expensive.
She added, “I didn’t charge for the extra rice and the container, so how can that be expensive?”
“And when he was buying the meal, I even told him it would be more expensive, and asked him if he was sure he wanted to buy it.”
Regular customers defend the stand
According to the reporter, regular customers stepped in to defend the stall owners and said the prices at this stall were reasonable and the seafood prices had gone up.
Based on the reporter’s observations, some diners will ask about the individual prices of dishes before choosing them.
A 10-year-old regular customer, who frequents the stand regularly, said the food selection was varied and fresh.
The regular customer said: “Some things are cheap and expensive. If you are used to buying fish or vegetables, you would know that everything has become more expensive recently.”
“If you think it’s expensive, you should ask clearly before buying it, and you shouldn’t say that.”
Cai also said in response that the customer who complained may have been someone who did not know the general price of the items on the stand, especially the two dishes purchased that day.
Top photo composite via Shin Min Daily News & Reddit u/Dagachi_One