04 Feb '11, 10pm

Pricier hawker fare over CNY period

SINGAPORE - You might have paid 50 cents to $1 more for that plate of chicken rice or mee goreng, had you dined at a hawker centre on the first two days of the Chinese New Year. Like many Chinese restaurants that charge more during this period, some hawkers have followed suit - with consumers generally accepting the move. For instance, Great Wall Hainanese Chicken Rice at Bedok North 207 Hawker Centre had long queues on Friday evening, despite a plate of chicken rice costing 50 cents more at $3. A half-chicken cost $1 more at $13, while a whole chicken that normally cost $20 went for $25. The two-day price hike was due to higher salaries paid during the public holiday, said a stall assistant. "No customer has complained, everyone understands and is satisfied when we explain the price increase," she said. Fewer than half the stalls at the food centre were open on Friday and...

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