The debate over what counts as a reasonable price for a meal has been rekindled in Malaysia. The latest buzz comes from a netizen who questioned the RM9 cost of her mixed rice plate.
Posting her query on social media platform XiaoHongShu, the user shared a photo of her meal featuring a few chicken cubes, steamed egg, and rice.
“Is this RM9 price normal?” she wrote, “It’s been a while since I had mixed rice, and when I saw a shop, I just went in. They charged me 9 ringgit for these two dishes… regrettable.”
The user also wondered if her portion of rice tipped the scales.
What’s the price right?
Speaking to WeirdKaya, the user said she had expected her meal to cost around RM7, a figure that many in the comment section also anticipated.
Stirring the pot with mixed reactions
The post rapidly garnered attention, evoking a slew of varying opinions.
While some users recounted their own tales of feeling overcharged, while many used the opportunity to share their favorite spots for affordable mixed rice.
Like this story of a simple plate of rice with curry gravy and ikan bilis (anchovies) for RM8.
“RM8 for this, unbelievable!”
“East Malaysia, in a small town, RM5 for this.”
The debate transcends the simple cost of a meal; it touches on the broader issue of Malaysia’s increasing cost of living.
“That’s a normal price.”
Many used the opportunity to share their favorite spots for affordable mixed rice.
“There’s a place near Klang Sentral where you can get a hearty plate for just RM6,” one user recommended.
So what’s your take? Is RM9 reasonable?