SINGAPORE: A Singaporean diner’s social media post about his disappointing experience with an expensive bowl of sliced fish soup has ignited a wave of discussions and criticisms online, over the skyrocketing price of food at coffee shops and food courts.
Facebook user Sunny Lim took to the ‘Complaint Singapore’ page to express his dismay over spending nearly $10 on a bowl of soup, only to find a meagre four pieces of fish.
According to the receipt and the accompanying photo of the fish soup Mr Lim shared, the bowl of sliced red grouper fish soup was priced at a steep $9.50, and an additional $0.30 was charged for the takeaway container. Expressing dissatisfaction with the portion size and the exorbitant price charged for the dish, Mr Lim said:
“King Grouper Fish soup at Kopitiam, Compass One is charging ridiculous prices for their fish soup. I bought their red grouper fish soup for my father, who is recuperating from surgery, for $9.50 and paid an additional $0.30 for the takeaway box. When I opened up the fish soup for my dad at home, there were only a miserable 3.5-4 small slices of fish in the soup!”
He exclaimed, “This is daylight robbery! I would never patronize their outlets again.”
Mr Lim added that he feels the stall’s service standards have dropped since they began expanding and opening more outlets. Asserting that the fish soup is just not what it used to be, he said: “But taste aside, charging $9.50 for four small miserable slices of fish at their Compass One outlet really leaves a lot to be desired.”
The Facebook post gained significant traction, sparking a discussion among netizens who also shared their experiences of buying fish soup from the same chain store. Many echoed Mr Lim’s sentiment, expressing frustration with the high prices and the inadequate quantity of fish in the soup.
According to Channel 8 news, the owners of the stall reportedly reached out to Mr Lim to address the issue and have expressed their willingness to provide a refund.
Singaporeans online, however, are decrying the increasing trend of rising food prices and have called for boycotts of stalls that do not provide sufficient value while charging high prices. Stallholders, in the meantime, are grappling with increasing operating costs as inflation and the cost of living for all Singaporeans continue to climb. /TISG