Thursday, August 02, 2007

Food My Foot

I had breakfast at one of the cafes in KLIA yesterday morning. Fried yellow noodles (RM8.00) with fried egg on top (RM2.00), plus a mug of cappuccino (RM4.90).

The blooming noodles were too dry. Did I order noodles or plastic strings? Tasteless, boring and as empty as the kind I once sold at the canteen of Sekolah Rendah Laksamana in Kota Tinggi for thirty cents per bowl full. At least mine was generous with siew pak choy and bean sprouts (the kids hated vege though..). Just like the type sold at school canteens, what I had just now was probably fried with garlic, soy sauce and pretty much nothing else. Not even some imagination.

The cappuccino? Horrible! It tasted like my kid’s milk with maybe just a baby-pinch of coffee. The taste of coffee was very instant and distant. Like a yummy dream that evaporated away the moment you wake up and realise you are not Angelina Jolie and Yamtuan is after all Yamtuan (not that I am complaining).

My grouch is not the price.

I understand that we customers are to help the shop pay for its rental, taxes and other overheads. So, overpricing the food, to a certain degree is understandable. I am not exactly delighted, but ok lah, can lah.

But the lack of quality I find absolutely unacceptable.

Here you are, making efforts so tourists come in droves. Here you are, listing our variety of food as one of the attractions. And there it is, the café at KLIA, no less, the very entry/exit point of the country. Wouldn’t it be nice if the food served at KLIA is so awesome good that people would drive down to the airport just for say… its famous unrivalled fried noodles? Wouldn’t it be even wonderfully good that tourists could have one last fling with our foodilicious delicacies just before they leave the country? And how they crave for more and kick themselves for not having chosen MAS to fly home with because MAS might serve more of that yummy Malaysian food too?

I don’t know how much a kg of mee kuning would cost. I know mee hoon would be RM1.50 per kg. Say you want to fry 10 kg. So 10 bags would be RM15.00. If you throw in a kg of prawns it would be an additional RM15.00. Chicken would be about RM15 per bird, and that’s a lot of chicken, I am telling you. Bean sprouts RM2.00 would be a basketful already. Kuchai RM2.00 will get you a whole field. Total cost = RM49 for 10kg of mee hoon fried with loads of condiments equivalent to maybe 100 bowls? Then you maintain your price of RM8.00 per bowl. Your Return on Investment is in the 7th bowl already. By the 20th bowl, you can pay your staff bonuses i tell you. By the 80th bowl, my man, you can go do the hajj. So why compromise on the quality?

In the food industry, I believe you are only bartering the forms of rezeki. The food you sell becomes rezeki to those who eat it, and the money they pay you is your rezeki. Don’t lah play-play with matters of rezeki…

(Disclaimer: I know the pasta, sandwiches, cakes and pastries sold at KLIA are not bad at all, but halloo… I am talking local food. Spaghetti may be local food to us Johoreans, but to the ehem… common people of Malaysian, it is foreign, so doesn’t count.)


Blogger dith said...

Hey, Ood, you should be the Minister Of Trade Industry already! The way you describe the noodles and its condiments in gigantic amounts! And can give bonus and go for hajj some more! Perhaps you should start venturing into food business, gal! hehe

1:37 AM  
Blogger meandbaby said...

pls email me
need to know more...

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ood,

I prefer my beehon just like you had at the airport. Aldente and not too many foreign elements. Just some udang kering, sawi, cili merah or hijau and then small cuts of beef or chicken (not both).

The prices could not be helped la because the outlets in KLIA has to pay through their noses for the rental and then they do not have volume unlike KLCC.

I will report to the minister concerned about your comment though.


11:12 PM  
Blogger JoKontan said...

Yo Ooody !

I don't want to nag much on food in KLIA (and no !, you're not naggin'), because most of the time I'm there, I'm on the Company's expense account.

The Company do allow me not to take the beehoon.

But still, I end up with KFC 8.98 Breakfast of 1 scrambled egg, a bun, a shred of white meat, with hot Milo.

Next trip, I should aim for the Dim Sum.

1:56 AM  
Anonymous kna said...

Dear Ood,

That was me giving the anonymous comment.

Hehehehe,jokontan tu ada lavish expense account. Kadang2 yours truly tumpang sekaki,hehehehe!!


3:23 AM  
Blogger OOD said...

gDr House,
i oredi am Ministress of Internal Affairs and Chairman of Kitchen in Yamtuan's kingdom! (Tapi persatuan sukan kena lepas jawatan...dulu chaiman jugak)
Me in food biz? Good idea! Maybe i should just bukak meja kat depan Departure ka Arrival ka, juai mee and nasi lemak? Sure bungkus the cafe! Hehe..

err... okay.
(geez, i hope you're not the cafe operator.... If you are, then Ood tu not me! Entah sapa-sapa ntah! Den tak bongak do!)

oooohhhhh, report tuan! Pegi report!
Next week i'll be at the airport again, tell the cafe osso to give the awek yang pakai baju oren seluar hijau cermin mata putih tu, makan baikkkk punya FOC. You hear? FOC as ganti rugi.

Bro Jo,
awesome... where you work (like i dont oredi know..)?
My office gives breakfast allowance of RM20 kalau ada resit. Kalau takde, RM10 onni. Why dont you prepaid some dimsum so i can tumpang sekaki jugak macam KNA?

hehe... benda baik kena kongsi..
dan benda baik patut dicontohi.
so bro jo, pre-paid ahhh...

10:42 AM  
Blogger Roti Kacang Merah said...

Food at KLIA equates highways in M'sia - bayar (tol) mahal, kualiti tak da.

Pangkah lagi, pangkah. Hahahaha! *ambik kesempatan nei*

anyhow, yup, you're right... sometimes this biz people tak 'terasa' ke when they're messing around with rezeki... like taking other ppl's rights but not giving them back what they are due.

Just like what you're saying ~ tak pe la kalau nak charge mahal (di mana-mana pun for that fact), kita faham coz sewa tinggi and traffic low... tapi kasi la balik 'hak' kita yg kita dah bayar tu,kan... like quality-tasting food, AT LEAST! bukannya susah nak buat makanan rasa sedap, dak?


9:48 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

roti kacang merah,

'...bukannya susah nak buat makanan rasa sedap, dak?'

errr... tak tentu jugak. Pada orang-orang tertentu, mungkin susah. Tapi mereka yang begini, takkan jadi tukang masak kot...


2:04 AM  
Blogger noha chomel said...

kak oody,

i tried to get in touch with kak anedra, dia tak balas la email saya...camne eh?

bole tak kak oody minta dia call or email me asap?

call @ 013-7708355 or email

thank you kak, love ya!

3:18 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

Noha baby,

i have let her know. Dia bzbee as usual kot...

6:54 PM  
Blogger NJ said...

Salam perkenalan OOD,

Was hopping from Kak Teh's syair and pantun entry, and I thot urs was a great one too.

6:49 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

tak perasan you singgah! Thank you!
kak teh tu pro. Me main tikam je..

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9:00 AM  

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