Facebook page Complaint Singapore member Anna Chai who was also staff from Singapore General Hospital highlighted on Thursday (July 7) that her mixed rice order from Outram Community Hospital food court included tiny servings.
She ranted that her meal, which initially cost S$6.70, was not worth the price, especially since the pork chop was about the size of a spoon. “When I ordered the potatoes, I saw only left a very small portion, and I ask the staff do they have some more and is it enough for 1 portion? The staff answered yes (sic),” said Ms Chai.
As she saw the five thin slices of potatoes, Ms Chai ordered another slice of pork chop to add to her meal, which cost S$6.70.
She ended up paying S$5.40 after a 20 per cent staff discount.
“The pork chop cost me S$3.50, and the portion is as small as the spoon size,” she noted. “NOT WORTH THE PRICE!”
Ms Chai added she didn’t mind paying the price, “but the portion is really too little.”
Members from the online community noted that prices were increasing everywhere. “A meal can easily cost from S$5.50-S$7.50 nowadays,” said Facebook user Kelly Ng.
“What I do is sometimes I just bring food such as rice, veggie and egg or with meat and veggie from home. Cause eating out can be so expensive now.”
“Sadly to say this, but hospital canteen is the most expensive place to eat in. Pity all those working in a hospital,” said Facebook user Danny Ang Pk.
Many advised the original poster to bring food from home or dabao from a neighbourhood coffee shop as the size of the pork chop, or the amount of rice was not worth the price.
This is not the first time a complaint regarding meal prices has been posted on social media. A customer was charged S$9 for economic rice at Henderson Market last month, while another paid S$11 for cai png with fish at an Ang Mo Kio hawker centre.
On the other hand, some hawkers are maintaining their current prices amid increasing costs to retain customers. The stall operators are aware that their customers’ salaries aren’t growing despite inflation, so they would rather absorb the cost hike. /TISG
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