It was a weekend and the home kitchen was 'closed'.
During evening, we went out to buy mixed rice from the neighborhood chap fan shop.
Here are the dishes:
Sweet & sour pork + Bitter gourd (RM7.30)
Sweet & sour pork + Lettuce (RM9.80)
3 pieces of Marmite chicken + 8 pieces of 'vegetarian chicken' ball....
This box is the priciest among all, despite only 2 dishes (1 meat dish and 1 non-meat)
Are u able to guess?
Well, the price of mixed rice these days has gone up tremendously after the economy 'reopened'.
Some 2 or 3 dishes can easily reached above RM10.
During these few months, I observed that many eateries now have shorter operation hours and closes earlier (than previous). Some stop taking order before/by 8.50pm despite closes at 10, even at shopping malls.
Not sure if this is due to manpower shortage or the increase of minimum wages.
Worse still is that some eateries only have 2 person manning the entire shop....with only 1 person in the kitchen and another manning the dining/counter/drinks area, resulting in slow service. Employer trying to cut cost?
I felt pity to the staffs coz they need to endure the 'hangry customers' and suffers burnout from overworking. There were times i waited so long in the eatery and just went back home to eat bread coz i see that the staff couldn't cope with the order capacity.