Economic rice or Cai png is no stranger to Singaporeans, given that it sold in almost every hawker centres and food courts. Most Singaporeans love the fact that it is a time-saving convenient option, almost like fast food, given that most of the dishes are already prepared and cooked before hand. With the huge variety of dishes available, Singaporeans can mix it up and try a new dish everytime they visit a Cai png stall.
We focus a lot on being cost effective and saving more money, hence we will share with you some of our findings to make your Economic rice even more economical.
Order The Most Expensive Dish First
You should have an idea of the dishes which you would like to order while queuing for your turn. Hence it is your turn to do so, order your dishes in the following order:
- Seafood and fish (most expensive)
- Vegetables (least expensive)
In this order, you are giving the stall owner a positive impression that you are willing to spend by ordering the most expensive dish first. With this, the stall owner might be more than happy to give you more ingredients than usual.
Keep Pointing At The Dish And Do Not Rush Your Order
The point here is simple. By not rushing your order from one dish to another, you are giving the stall owner adequate time to give you a proper full serving of the dish instead of having to rush to scoop you another dish.
The action of pointing at the dish you want and slowing down your order will subconsciously prompt the stall owner to keep scooping the dish until you decide on your next dish.
The Difference Between “More” and “Add”
If you would love to have more rice, always try to use the phrase ” a little more rice” instead of ” add rice”. The word ” add” tend to suggest an extra full scoop of rich and additional cost with it too. By phrasing your order a little differently, you may find yourself getting an extra half scoop of rice and no extra charges.
Order Dishes Close To Each Other
If you are not the really fussy kind of eater and any dish suits your palate as long as it fills your stomach, try this approach the next time.
By order dishes that are close to each other, it makes things easier for the stall owner. By reducing the need for him to walk or stretch his arms to scoop a dish far away from him, he finds himself with more time and convenience to give you the proper serving of the dishes you ordered.
Look Out For Dishes That Are Running Out Soon
If you come across dishes that have at most 1.5 to 2 portions left, you may wish to try your luck on them. Chances are, the stall owner will empty all of it on your rice so that it doesn’t look weird to have a tiny portion of the dish on a huge tray.
P.S. Do remember to workout after such instance, given that most of the oil and salt are concentrated at the last portion of the dish.
Order Dishes Less Quantifiable
If you are met with a choice of Gong Bao Chicken Cubes and Sliced Fried Chicken, we suggest you take the safe bet by going for something that the stall owner cannot count.
For the Gong Bao Chicken Cubes, it requires him to use a scoop and hence, you can have a better assurance of the weight of the dish. When it comes to Sliced Fried Chicken, you are leaving the number of slices to his decision.
We do have an instance where we were given only 1 pathetic small slice of chicken, and no prize for guessing, it was a stall located in Yishun.
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