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QuietStorm
26-09-2008, 05:51 PM
I was shocked to find that the porridge stall has increased the price of a bowl of porridge by 30 cents! RM4.50 before, now, RM4.80. When fuel prices go down, they increase their food prices! What's happening? :mad:

tbearer
26-09-2008, 05:55 PM
simple answer. no need to eat there lor :)

Firebird
26-09-2008, 08:14 PM
That's ridiculous! I say, avoid the stall! Tbearer, yes, you're correct. :)

gtl
26-09-2008, 08:55 PM
wah, that a very expensive bowl of porridge if you ask me. it is not even big size. boycott.

kuma
26-09-2008, 11:31 PM
I was shocked to find that the porridge stall has increased the price of a bowl of porridge by 30 cents! RM4.50 before, now, RM4.80. When fuel prices go down, they increase their food prices! What's happening? :mad:

That's what I am paying now for just 1 meat selection porridge plus cha keoy at coffeeshop in SS15.

QuietStorm
27-09-2008, 08:12 AM
wah, that a very expensive bowl of porridge if you ask me. it is not even big size. boycott.RM4.80 is for a big bowl. The price increase is very recent. About a month ago, they were still charging the old prices.

Kuma, what's the name of the kedai kopi?

lord
27-09-2008, 11:03 AM
I've been patronizing this stall for some years now and had a bowl with the increased price just last week. I'm a freak for good food and a slight increase to enjoy a good bowl of porridge is oklah for me. But can you guys suggest anywhere else I can enjoy the same type of porridge here in USJ? I'm yet to find one and in my opinion, if you enjoy food and if the price is increased, you can still makanlah, but not as often probably. But if the food is crap, then, stop showing up there at all cost.

Fabe18
27-09-2008, 11:09 AM
just had a bowl the 'ju chap' porridge this morning.. RM4 a bowl.. But i recall ordering the 'special' once for RM5 a bowl...

firefox
27-09-2008, 11:30 AM
The only way you dont have to complain about the price is to find out the cost before you make your order.You and the hawker have an option. Be real he's never going to lower the price, as long as you rely on his food and you are eager to eat it.
Profiterring is the order of the day and you wise and hungry ppl make them rich.
Think about it, its no use whining, you pay what he tells you even if the quality and quantity is reduced.

Bon Appetit!!

Mammoth
29-09-2008, 08:18 AM
I was shocked to find that the porridge stall has increased the price of a bowl of porridge by 30 cents! RM4.50 before, now, RM4.80. When fuel prices go down, they increase their food prices! What's happening? :mad:
I think we as the consumer should boycott such stalls... to teach them a lesson. A lot of chinese hawkers tend to take advantage of fuel price increase to increase their prices.... common .. how much is affected from the fuel increase? They don't use fuel to cook the porridge nor fuel is part of the ingredients :(

tsd
29-09-2008, 09:07 AM
I think we as the consumer should boycott such stalls... to teach them a lesson. A lot of chinese hawkers tend to take advantage of fuel price increase to increase their prices.... common .. how much is affected from the fuel increase? They don't use fuel to cook the porridge nor fuel is part of the ingredients :(

sometimes they have no choice, their other expenses also go up. They need more income to support family also. You need to do comparison whether its worth eating that porridge. Is that porridge is worth more than 5 pieces of roti canai ?

gtl
29-09-2008, 09:46 AM
frankly, for a bowl of porridge at rm 4.80 or rm 5 is really extreme.
fyi, in singapore - aircon food court, in a office building, pork + century egg porridge ( alot of meat) only cost s$ 2.50.

cjk888
29-09-2008, 10:00 AM
I think it is up to us to decide whether we want to conyinue having porridge there if the price increased.

TiNKeRFY
29-09-2008, 10:05 AM
well for me, I tend to stick to the "Willing buyer, willing seller" concept...
:)

Sugarfree
29-09-2008, 10:08 AM
...in singapore - aircon food court, in a office building, pork + century egg porridge ( alot of meat) only cost s$ 2.50.that's reasonable.

i have made it a point not to support hawkers who increase prices as and when they like..which may mean i've to eat at home from now. :eek: :D

chewie
29-09-2008, 10:13 AM
my mom had chu chap chuk at pudu market... is at RM3.80.. :D :D

the price of pork had increase already, rice had increase already, ginger and spring onions also increase already....maybe the stall rent also increase already...

so the seller have no choice to increase it. we are not doing business, we are consumers, and we would not know the seller had try to maintain the price....

so what if the seller maintain the price and give you less quantity... you might not notice it right ?

cjk888
29-09-2008, 10:15 AM
well for me, I tend to stick to the "Willing buyer, willing seller" concept...
:)

I agree because you have the choice.

concern!!!
29-09-2008, 10:40 AM
yesterday just had my porridge at kopitiam at usj 2 (near to the shell)
really shock when the aunty ask for rm5 for the small fish porridge.. ?
i'll nvr ever go there for porridge again !

gtl
29-09-2008, 10:54 AM
wow, RM 5 for fish porridge, god knows how to survive in malaysia with an average type salary!!

patrick
29-09-2008, 05:33 PM
wow, RM 5 for fish porridge, god knows how to survive in malaysia with an average type salary!!

Consider the retiree with no salary.....how??

PJS
30-09-2008, 01:24 AM
Recently I just ate the chu chap chuk at this stall in USJ14, i felt the price increased but wasn't sure, now i understand....

Anyway 30 sen increase is not much for each consumer, it is spare change to us. But to a hawker multiplied by a couple hundred transactions a days it might make the difference between barely surviving or making a more comfortable living, we'll never know. So I have no comments except that I'm still ok with their price since hawker food in USJ is generally higher priced.

Which brings to my memory the Tangkak Beef Noodle in the shop behind cost me a cool RM5.00 for a tiny bowl 2 days ago, has it been increased recently too? I tot it was less than Rm5 previously?

blurrman
30-09-2008, 08:20 AM
beside A&W SS13 the small stall still selling porridge for less than RM4.

honestly, a bowl of RM5 fish porridge is very much depending on the type of fish and location. a stall's rental cost between RM200 PM to RM800 PM, so location is really part of the factor in the costing.

there is this fish porridge RM8 a bowl opposite mcd at kota kemuning and i think really worth it, with real grouper and big prawn. in this case, the raw material is also part of the factor.

comparing to RM3.50-3.80 porridge at SS13, both has their market.

CS Chua
30-09-2008, 08:54 AM
These hawkers are greedy. Period. Do you know how much a bowl of noodles actually cost? A ringgit more or less, depending on types of noodles. Those yong tau foo type will cost more but a wanton mee or plain noodle soup with slices of chicken and fish cakes will cost around RM1 to RM1.20.

This is not inclusive of the rent and the kitchen helper. Let's say the rent is RM300 per month (average) and the kitchen helper is about RM600 per month, thus the overheads are RM900 per month.

Let's be generous and give a bowl of noodles at RM1.20 and if the hawker sells 100 bowls a day at RM4.00 per bowl, they make a gross profit of RM280 a day. For 6 days a week, they make RM1,680.00 For one month, they make RM6720.00 After deducting RM900.00, they have a net profit of RM5820.00 per month. Not a bad income for a day's work. But I guess, everybody wants to make at least RM5000 a month nowadays.

A chicken rice stall in a good location makes more. A close friend of mine bought over a chicken rice stall and paid RM20,000 as a goodwill money (even though the lot belongs to City Hall KL) many years ago. He recovered that money in less than 3 months and is selling 20-30 chickens a day. Hard work but very good money. :)

kwchang
30-09-2008, 09:12 AM
Chua, you forgot to factor in the cost of cooking gas, raw materials (noodles, chicken, prawns, condiments) and startup costs (stall furniture, cooking utensils, crockery). Then there is the cost of time - time one spends with the family, time to take care of one's health. If there is a family emergency, the vendor has to close for the day(s) and each day not at the stall equals lost income (there is no salary, no medical leave, no maternity leave and no paid leave, no public holidays). Remember the vendor has to go to wholesale markets to get the best prices - which means being awake from 4am for marketing, food preparation. After the stall closes at 10pm, there will be washing up.

You said the food vendors are greedy - let me put it this way, would you take the job having considered the above job specifications? :p :D

Conversely, a yuppy fresh out of the Univ looks for a job that pays RM 3,000 - 5,000 per month or a higher exec expecting RM20,000 monthly with perks. Isn't that the same?

blurrman
30-09-2008, 09:19 AM
Chua, you forgot to factor in the cost of cooking gas, raw materials (noodles, chicken, prawns, condiments) and startup costs (stall furniture, cooking utensils, crockery). Then there is the cost of time - time one spends with the family, time to take care of one's health. If there is a family emergency, the vendor has to close for the day(s) and each day not at the stall equals lost income (there is no salary, no medical leave, no maternity leave and no paid leave, no public holidays). Remember the vendor has to go to wholesale markets to get the best prices - which means being awake from 4am for marketing, food preparation. After the stall closes at 10pm, there will be washing up.

Let me put it this way, would you take the job having considered the above job specifications? :p :D

i am just about to say that, i have many hawker friends, they do make a living, but real tough...

by the way there is this RM15 prompet porridge at SS3, but they moved to other place, dunno where, and I think really really worth the money.

Chia Hak Soon
30-09-2008, 10:48 AM
Today's hawkers food prices are not high considering the fact that all raw materials, ie. gas, rental, flour, rice ,fuel etc. That is why many "Kopitiam" with air-conditioned and clean 'Starbuck" style shops mushroomed. These shops sells you a bowl of mee or nasi lemak by a uniformed waiter or waitress and charges you exorbitantly and you are happy.

Consider this; we love local favorities like nasi lemak, wantan mee, laksa,pork mee, porridge etc. however, not everyone serve the best to your taste. The reason being the best comes from the hardworking hawker who takes pride in his skill and not those who delegate his job to the foreigners. For this reason, if you are in Penang, Muar, Malacca , any hawkers food is the best as if it is no good , they cannot survive.

I do not believe in franschising as no one cook is the same and no matter how good is your recipe and as detailed as you record it, it is still different.
That is why when you go to eg Ampang Yong Tow Foo in Taipan, it is different from the one in Ampang.

So in short , choose your hawker food wisely. you have a choice.

CS Chua
30-09-2008, 11:03 AM
You said the food vendors are greedy - let me put it this way, would you take the job having considered the above job specifications? :p :D
Well, that is not a fair question as the money is not the only reason for holding a job. If I want to take a blue collar job, I will be an electrician in Auzzie land. You cannot imagine the amount of money they make over there. My friend does book keeping for a business and he knows who makes the good money and I am sure the electricians here make a fair amount too.

At the end of the day, everybody wants to make money. Not just the hawkers but so many other businesses who have exploited the current fuel rise. The spark of hope is that wages will go up to reflect the higher cost of living and also deter the illegals from coming. If they cannot make enough to eat and send money home at the same time, they will stop coming. Right? In that case, we better raise the price of rice ASAP to starve them away.
:D

PeterHng
30-09-2008, 11:17 AM
by the way there is this RM15 prompet porridge at SS3, but they moved to other place, dunno where, and I think really really worth the money.

There's one beside The Atrium along Jln SS22/21. Used to go there. They served fresh prompet with Kueh Teow Thng. Fried fish paste also very good. :)

sorry for the digression..

Wan Wan
30-09-2008, 01:21 PM
..... you forgot to factor in the cost of cooking gas, raw materials (noodles, chicken, prawns, condiments) and startup costs (stall furniture, cooking utensils, crockery). Then there is the cost of time - time one spends with the family, time to take care of one's health. If there is a family emergency, the vendor has to close for the day(s) and each day not at the stall equals lost income (there is no salary, no medical leave, no maternity leave and no paid leave, no public holidays). Remember the vendor has to go to wholesale markets to get the best prices - which means being awake from 4am for marketing, food preparation. After the stall closes at 10pm, there will be washing up.Won't you know it!
This is a true and real life story.
Not all hawker make it rich.
Some may splash out on exotic cars but mostly for second hand ones.
Most are more sensible and knows they need to save their hard earn money for rain days when their food are no more laku.
Beside what kwchang mentioned, they also have no pension plan or retirement benefit.
Guys do checkout the wet market prices first before you complaint.
These price increase are a knock on effect by "you know who".

CS Chua - This is a very competitive market not all can afford to be greedy. Unlike some monoploy by GLC s like Tenaga, Toll operators, Asstro....etc!

These hawkers are greedy. Period.

TiNKeRFY - This is a good concept for me also...

well for me, I tend to stick to the "Willing buyer, willing seller" concept...
:)