Roti canai, Teh Tarik To Cost Less

Posted: 31 December, 2008 in Babbles & Rants, Food & Cooking
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I read about this in the papers yesterday and smiled.

Roti canai is down to 90 sen from RM1.20, while teh tarik is RM1.40 now, compared to RM1.50 earlier.

Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association president Datuk R. Ramalingam Pillai said prices of other dishes would also be reduced in the coming months …. He said fruit juices had been reduced by 20 sen to RM3.80, and fried chicken from RM4.50 to RM4. Because of this, he said, many youngsters were returning to their restaurants.

I think this association has been overcharging its customes all this while. I stay in the Klang Valley, only 10 minutes to Kuala Lumpur city center, and a piece of roti canai doesn’t cost that much. RM1.20 roti canai … phew, I’m glad I don’t go to those restaurant.

roti canai and teh tarik

roti canai and teh tarik

roti canai and teh tarik breakfast sets me off RM2.20, RM1.00 for a piece of roti canai and another RM1.20 for teh tarik. The Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association announcements of the price reduction doesn’t effect me. Personally, I feel like it’s gimmic by the association in response to the “lower prices” campaign organised by the government. 

I do hope non-members of that association will reduce their price as well, to remain competitive. Go ahead … start a price war. I’d really like that. I can save more on breakfasts and lunches on working days.

Long time ago, when I was just starting working life, a piece of roti canai costs 60sen and a glass of teh tarik was also 60sen. Fifteen years have passed, and with the same RM1.20, I can only get one roti canai today, perhaps a glass of water.  That’s how much the purchasing power has eroded.  

Restaurants got away with charging their customer exhorbitant prices managed to do so because the customers keep on coming. The excuse I always get when I asked why these people still pay for such prices was that of convenirnce. To avoid traffic, these people skip breakfast at home, leave extra early for work and before work officially starts, they have enough time to have breakfast at a nearby mamak. These urban work drones work nine to five (sometimes longer), and it’s more convenient to eat out before going home to rest before the same cycle starts the next day.

I was guilty of the same excuse when I was younger. Now, I wake up early, have breakfast first, before I go out for work. If I arrive early at work, I either start planning my day or just read the newspaper until the clock shows nine o’clock. I do this partly in protest of the higher prices of these Malayasian “staple”, also, I had to cut down on the oily roti canai and the super sweet teh tarik for health reasons.

I still go for roti canai and teh tarik breakfast, once in a while, but just to satisfy the occasional cravings. (hope my doctor doesn’t read this :P)

 

Taken from The Star Online.

Tuesday December 30, 2008

Roti canai, teh tarik and fried chicken to cost 10 sen to 50 sen less

KLANG: Restaurateurs have begun to reduce food prices of local favourites like the roti canaiteh tarik, fruit juices and fried chicken to lure customers.  The customers will now pay between 10 and 50 sen less for the items in most Indian restaurants. 

Good news: Consumers can look forward to cheaper roti canai and fried chicken.

Roti canai is down to 90 sen from RM1.20, while teh tarik is RM1.40 now, compared to RM1.50 earlier.

Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association president Datuk R. Ramalingam Pillai said prices of other dishes would also be reduced in the coming months.

“Our association, which has 1,300 members, decided to bring down the prices to cater to current times,” he said, adding that the reduction did not incur losses for the operators, but merely cut into their profits.

He said fruit juices had been reduced by 20 sen to RM3.80, and fried chicken from RM4.50 to RM4. Because of this, he said, many youngsters were returning to their restaurants.

“Fried chicken, teh tarik and roti canai are Malaysian favourites, especially for the yuppies,” said Ramalingam. He said while cooking oil prices had dropped, those of spices had gone up by 250%.

“We will have to consider all angles before announcing further price reductions.”

Selangor Consumer Welfare Association secretary Jeyakumar Varatharajoo said the association was pleased with the restaurateurs’ move and hoped prices of food such as veetu tosaiidli, spring hoppers and puttu (that used less oil) would also be reduced to encourage healthy eating habits.

Government Pensioners Association Klang branch president Bhagat Singh said the price reduction was good news as most senior citizens found it convenient to eat out. However, he urged restaurants to not reduce the portions when serving. “Most of the time, when prices are reduced, the roti canai becomes smaller and the teh tarik glass holds less tea.

 

 

“We call upon consumers to exert their right by not patronising restaurants that overcharge or reduce their servings.”

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  2. aman says:

    tempat aku, roti canai 70sen, teh tarik rm1.2..hehe..lagi murah..