Have you notice the huge price increase in imported foods? Normally butter costs below RM4. Now, it costs RM8+. This is crazy!
And the cream that I normally buy costs around RM3+. Yesterday, I saw this Denmark brand cream costing RM8.50. Now, I can totally forget about French imports like President.
Last evening, my hubby bought four pieces of fried belacan chicken. The chicken pieces were meant for the kids. But my little boy quietly sat at the dining table and finished 3 pieces! LOL. One piece costs RM2.50 and that is ten bucks of chicken there. Plus the chicken piece is so small so my little boy conveniently whacked them all.
I told hubby don’t ever buy again because for ten bucks, I can buy a huge chicken and fry them myself. It is as tasty, much cleaner and healthier. True enough, this morning, he bought 6 pieces of chicken drumsticks and I just fried them. One piece is only about 80 sen and six pieces cost around RM5. If we buy, it means RM2.50 x 6 = RM12. The cost of oil and gas are neglible.
Meanwhile, all the curry mee, chicken rice, kueh, ham chi peng and every kind of foods have increased their prices between 20 sen to 50 sen. A ham chi peng now costs 70 instead of the usual 50 sen.
We cannot blame the hawkers because everything is so expensive now and they too need to feed their families. But do things like those imported food stuffs must really increase that much? It is more than 100% for some of them and these are only Australian imports. As far as I know, the exchange rate of Australian Dollar and MYR have not changed that much. I wonder how the more expensive restaurants who serve Western foods survive?
So I guess to counter all these price increases, we can start from home. Cook them yourselves. It is a lot cheaper, nicer and healthier. We made a batch of steaks and prawns grill last night as our dinner. A fraction of the cost than what we need to pay if all six of us are eating in a restaurant. The fun of cooking this way is priceless.