In a recent social media uproar, a Facebook user named Azureen Mohd Zailan voiced her dissatisfaction over the steep price of two packets of nasi lemak purchased from Universal Nasi Lemak at Yishun Block 431, which amounted to a whopping $18.20. Azureen's disappointment was not only directed towards the high price point but also towards the underwhelming taste of the popular Malaysian dish, which she compared to flavorless plain rice.
Expectation vs Reality
Sharing her disheartening experience on the Complaint Singapore Facebook page, Azureen posted a photograph of her meal, which consisted of a fried egg, chicken, fish, and traditional nasi lemak components such as sambal chili, ikan bilis with peanuts, and cucumber. Despite the inclusion of these elements, Azureen criticized the dish for its lack of expected flavor, particularly pointing out the sambal's lack of taste.
Netizens Rally in Support
Her post resonated with other netizens, who echoed her sentiment and criticized the establishment for its excessive pricing. Some tried to rationalize the cost, comparing it with other food outlets. However, the majority were in agreement with Azureen, expressing disbelief at the substantial price for a dish that traditionally is known for its affordability and comfort-food status.
Azureen, in a conversation with AsiaOne, mentioned that the menu at Universal Nasi Lemak listed the chicken wing nasi lemak at $3.50, leaving her baffled about the additional cost for the fried fish. A TikTok video from May further added to the confusion, indicating that the shop’s nasi lemak with a chicken wing or selar fish was priced at $4.50, with a combination of both amounting to $7.
In the wake of this incident, AsiaOne has reached out to Universal Nasi Lemak for clarifications on their pricing structure and the disparity noted by Azureen. The incident has indeed sparked a conversation about food pricing and the value of traditional dishes in Singapore.