24 Apr '13, 7am

Why do we moan about higher hawker food prices?

Why do we moan about higher hawker food prices?

The heartland was abuzz the past week over the survey showing that hawker food prices seem to have increased. This correspondent was greeted by general sighs of unhappiness and/or helplessness during the week's jaunt. A survey by the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) released a few days ago showed that more hawker stalls and coffee shops are charging higher prices for popular local fare. Of the 541 stalls checked, 58 per cent (314) charged above the 2011 mode price (or the most common price charged) for their dishes. This is up from 39 per cent (239) of the 611 stalls checked in 2011, when the survey was last conducted. "It's scary if you look at the price increase," says housewife Hanisiah Ahmed, 50, who counts nasi briyani and plain roti prata among her favourite hawker fare. "I could pay 50 cents for a plain prata a few years ago, and it's 30 cents more now, " s...

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