Lettuce Shortage Restaurant Bill Reveals Extent of Lettuce Shortage
australia lettuce shortage hit a new low after a dinner party was hit with a supplement for the leafy vegetable.
3AW Breakfast radio hosts Ross Stevenson and Russel Howcroft posted photographic evidence of the unusual charge to their Twitter account this morning.
The photo was of an itemized bill at an unnamed Chinese restaurant for over $386.
Among the orders of scallops, soft pot, shrimp toast, Peking duck and peppered beef was a single order of san choi bao. Underneath was another charge – a cup of lettuce for $1.
“That’s cheeky… Lettuce is surely a building block of organic san choi, not an optional extra,” reads the caption accompanying the photo.
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Host followers were quick to warn the supplement.
A subscriber simply replied: “Ridiculous”. Others offered a bit more.
“Things I didn’t predict I would see in 2022…extra lettuce,” wrote another.
“It’s happening on stage, only TV and radio hosts can afford lettuce now,” another wrote.
Meanwhile, some followers disputed the price of other dishes.
“Forget the lettuce ($3-5 wholesale), I can’t top 2 scallops at $28 each,” one person wrote.
“Forget the lettuce: $45 for half a duck? another wrote.
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“Would you prefer it in cabbage?” another follower wrote, referring to the “hero” replacement vegetable that many have turned to throughout the shortage.
Earlier this month, some Australians were left puzzled after the famous fast food giant KFC has notified customers of a menu change.
There were warnings on the company’s website and signs in stores telling customers that a “temporary mix of lettuce and cabbage” was used on all lettuce-containing products.
Vegetable supply chain problems can be blamed on the weather.
Much of the vegetables on Australia’s supermarket shelves come from Queensland – particularly the Lockyer Valley as well as Scenic Rim and Stanthorpe.
However, after three months of rain, entire crops of common vegetables were all but wiped out.
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