Rising inflation sends breakfast costs soaring

With the consumer price index skyrocketing, the prices for breakfast delicacies such as Monhinga (traditional fish rice noodle soup with add-ons), fried dough, bread, Naan and others have remarkably risen this year.
The high price of ingredients (wheat, egg, rice, oil and others) in making those foods prompted the sellers to hike up the price for breakfast foods.
The price is up by K300-K500, raising the high food burden on the households.
The egg price increased to K270 per piece in the last week of February from around K200 in November 2023, Ko Hla Win from South Okkalapa Township told The Global New Light of Myanmar (GNLM).
Similarly, the wheat price moved up to K155,000 per bag from K145,000, Ko Sein Win, a fried dough seller, said.
The retail price of sugar also went up to K4,300 per viss. Also, the flour price jumped to K5,200-5,400 from K4,800 per viss, Daw Aye Myint from Dala who sells a Chinese snack in Kyauktada Township, told the GNLM.
The price of the famous traditional breakfast Monhinga surged to K1,000-K3,000 per bowl of soup, depending on the shops and add-ons. The figures indicate an increase of K300-K500 in February 2024 compared to that of mid-2023.
As the kitchen grocery prices, including rice, fish, meat, and vegetables, rocketed, some street stalls offering Myanmar curry with rice also raised the price of one meal to K3,000.
Ma Khine from Hlinethaya Township stressed that I am struggling with rising food costs and bus fares. I have to cut expenses to stay on budget. — TWA/EM

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