Inflation is definitely affecting everyone’s pocket in many ways, and no other sign is more obvious than food prices.
A woman recently took to social media to express her shock over being charged RM29 for an instant noodle meal by a restaurant in Johor.
Charged RM29 for instant noodles
In a Facebook post uploaded on Friday (Apr 21), the woman shared several photos of her meal, which consisted on two instant noodles dishes and a bottle of Coca-Cola.
According to the receipt, she was charged RM29 for two packets of Maggie, two pieces of lobster balls, and a piece of luncheon meat.
As for the other dish, it cost her RM27 for a packet of Shin Ramen instant noodles, kimchi, seaweed, meatballs, tofu, and two pieces of squid rings, whereas the Coca-Cola was priced at RM6.
This inevitably left the woman in shock, where she wrote in the caption that she would be cooking at home in the future.
The post his since garnered 4.3K reactions and 1.3K comments at the time of writing, with netizens leaving their thoughts on the incident.
One wrote that such prices were expected whenever one eats outside as it takes into account the rent, utilities, and human resources.
Another commented that the restaurant was selling the environment and that the woman could’ve chosen not to order items that were expensive.
While another concurred that the prices were indeed on the higher end, he said the prices were clearly stated on the menu, adding that he usually eats at mamak stalls for a cheaper meal.
Following the fierce debate over its prices, the restaurant responded in a Facebook post addressing its side of the story.
In the post, the restaurant first thanked the woman for her feedback and went on to explain the factors behind the pricing.
Firstly, our prices are determined based on various factors, such as the services we provide, the types of dishes we offer, and our market positioning. Additionally, the rent and costs of operating in our location, as well as our operating hours, also affect our pricing.
“Furthermore, we also consider factors such as our table turnover rate and operating hours. Although we only operate at night, our team is very serious and attentive in preparing each dish and creating a memorable dining experience,” it wrote.
The restaurant also said that it doesn’t require customers to spend a minimum amount or restrict them to limited dining hours as they hoped to “balance business with experience”.
What do you think of the prices and the restaurant’s response? Let us know in the comments!