Myanmar traditional snack prices higher than before due to surging raw materials prices

The prices of snacks for breakfast become higher, the Yangon residents said.
“We can buy boiled garden pea only for K200. Starting June, the price of boiled garden pea was priced at K600 for 10 ticals. The vendors sell for K300 at least,” said U Lay Win from Pazundaung Township.
Moreover, the people bought sticky rice and yellow sticky rice at K300 but now at K500.
“The 102-pound uncooked glutinous rice is K60,000 per bag and so we can sell sticky rice and yellow sticky rice at K300. Now, the price is K46,000 per bag of uncooked glutinous rice and we have to buy the sticky rice at K500 at least,” said Daw Aye Win from Lanmadaw Township.
The grassroots have their breakfast depending on their daily income and as the price becomes higher, they have to consider their money for lunch, said Ma Thet from Hlinethaya Township.
“We buy sticky rice at K500 and boiled garden pea at K200 for breakfast for our three family members. Now, we do not get much sticky rice for K500. We buy boiled garden pea at K500 and we eat mixing with cooking oil and leftover rice. The price of the coffee mix was K100 in the past but now it is K150 per sachet. The prices of all items are higher than before and the income and expense are unbalanced,” she added.
“The price of jaggery and sagu is K2,000 per viss while over K2,000 per viss of sugar. The coconut is K700/800. We do not want to raise the price but we have to. We apologize to our customers and explain why we raise the prices,” said Ko Myo Chit, Myanmar traditional snack seller from Dawbon Township.
“It is K500 for one Mohinkha without fritter in the market and K600 with the fritter. At the great teashop, the price of Mohinkha and Coconut Noodle is more than K1,000. The price of tea is K800 per cup. The expense for breakfast of 3-4 family members is nearly K10,000,” said Ko Khin Win from Yankin Township.
The prices of snacks made of flour such as naans and samosa rose from K100 to K300 as the cooking oil and flour prices are high.
“We get four or three fritters and samosa at K500 now. We got three Shwekyi/Jelly at K500 but now only two at K500. We always hear the sellers saying the prices are higher,” said Ko Htein Lin Aung from North Okkalapa Township.
Although the daily expenses of daily wage workers who get from K8,000 and K10,000 be higher and higher, the great teashops are crowded with people. —TWA/GNLM

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