Avoid 1919 Restaurant Ipoh during Chinese New Year

Very often Chinese restaurants will jack up their prices, slightly, to cover their increased cost during Chinese New Year. But this particular restaurant, 1919, located in Medan Ipoh, seems to have taken it to another level. Here are photos taken by a customer which I came across on Facebook (FB link here).

They went on the fourth day of CNY, according to the bill posted. They were given a special menu, with prices too, but without indication on the portion size. Basically only one price for each dish, no small, medium or large size. The prices looked expensive, on paper, but what they didn’t expect was the portion size for each dish was way too little for that kind of price. The only dish that at least seemed reasonably priced was the fried rice at RM18.90. The Foo Yoong Egg at RM33.90 was a bloody ripped off. And the vegetables too at RM38.90! They probably tripled their normal price just because it is CNY. Mind you they are not charging at these prices on just the first day or second day of CNY. I believe they are probably charging at these prices throughout CNY, 15 days plus a few days before too! No idea how they can justify these prices, but hey what can you do? They have plenty of loyal customers. But what I don’t like is such unscrupulous practices is really giving Ipoh a bad name. And this will affect the tourism business as Ipoh may then be perceived as a place where restaurants simply slaughter tourists with unreal prices if you are not careful.

The following receipt was posted by another customer who went on the fifth day of CNY.

So if you do not like the idea of being slaughtered during CNY avoid 1919 Restaurant at all cost.

To feel part of the community

Having lived in the U.K. for over 15 years, I must say that I didn’t feel like I am associating myself to the British community quite as much as where I was brought up, which is Malaysia. Could it be because the U.K. is so well developed, and everything is much more well run that I feel it is more difficult for me to think of anything I can contribute to the community? You see there is much flaws in Malaysia, lots more things I can think of that can help improve the community, having lived overseas before, and seen the different ways things are done elsewhere. I believe this is also one of the reasons I have chosen to move back to Malaysia. On top of the tiny little fact that all my families live in Malaysia 🙂 And that I am also probably influenced by my dad who has spent many years of his life contributing to the society, albeit more towards the Chinese community.

Having moved back to Malaysia for close to 5 years now, looking back I have not been contributing much to the community in Ipoh either. It is a bit of a shame really. But life in Malaysia is a lot busier than living in the U.K. And I’m tied up massively by my business, not to mention my young children which we have added a second one after moving back to Malaysia. I am a lot more aware of what’s going on now that we live in Malaysia. The education system, the business environment, the government services, the national politics etc etc. There is much room for improvements on many things, which the Brits will say the same thing about their country. But believe me, we have a much bigger beast to deal with.

I hope my business improves this year so that I can have a bit more time to do something more to the community now that my children are getting bigger.

Inflation is driving consumers to fast food chain

Ordered a bowl of soup noodles (伊面), comes with fish ball(s), minced pork lumps and egg in a coffee shop (茶室)this morning. No vegetables. It costed me RM5.30. Nothing spectacular, in fact it was full of MSG because I felt rather thirsty after eating it. A glass of sour plum lime juice RM2.20. RM7.50 for a breakfast. This seems like the norm nowadays, price point wise, if you want to eat out for breakfast. And then I remembered a McDonald’s breakfast is about this kind of price too. Indeed I’m right, I just checked.

Used to be that it is expensive to dine in McDonald’s. But not anymore. You can get a breakfast for RM5.99, cheaper than the one I paid this morning. You see, inflation in Malaysia, especially from this past few years, has narrowed the cost between eating out in fast food joints and eating out in traditional coffee shops. Soon, I think fast food chains like McDonald’s will muscle out many of the traditional food businesses in Malaysia, because one day McDonald’s will be where people turn to for cheap affordable meals, like how it has already happened in countries like the U.K. What do you think?