Overpriced Nasi Padang

Nasi Padang taste incredibly good but there is a catch.

No one knows how much they will cost until it’s served.

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 (It doesn’t help that you just feel like eating everything that is on display)

And if you order the same dishes again (assuming you do come again), chances are, the stall owner would charge you a different price (and you won’t even realise it).

The internet is filled with stories of customers claiming to have been charged exorbitant prices for a pitiful plate of nasi padang.

Why so expensive? How come sambal/gravy also need to pay?



Netizens on Reddit tried to explain it here

We explain why you should not complain so much to that makcik.

“You went to a stall to order a nasi padang. The makcik took out a plate, scooped rice, pick up the thongs and politely asked you what you want with your rice. The makcik than arranged the dishes that you want nicely around the plate. If you ordered meat, she would take a pair of scissors and cut it up so that it would be easier for you to eat. If you lost your train of thought deciding if you wanted chicken or mutton, she would wait patiently by the side until you make up your mind.

When you are done, she would calculate how much it cost in her head, take your bill and give you the necessary change. She would than send someone to clean the table, clear your plate, take them into the kitchen, wash and dry them.

That’s at least 2-3 min of time spent to serve you and another 1-2 min cleaning up after you.

The rent of an average coffeeshop stall with a good crowd cost around $3000- $4000. This is not inclusive of the utilities bill which could be as high as $400 per month and the ingredients for the dishes ($600-800) per month.”

The Makcik knows that the price of her nasi padang looks expensive compared to the ones your mum could make but unfortunately that’s the cruel reality of life.

You  can count yourself lucky if she does not charge for that additional serving of sambal

Adapted from The Guardian