Tuesday, September 27, 2011

No chicken in town!

Believe it or not, there was hardly any "whole chicken" for sale for the last one week. I asked around and no one seems to know the reason. One of them think that it was due to the recent Hari Raya celebration. I don't think so. I believe it is the tactic used by the farmer to raise price. So now, there are just a few chicken around and the price is about RM1 higher than usual. Buyers will just buy them. Later, more will be released into the market and the price will still stay. Ok, ok, speculation by me only!
I walked around e-Mart this morning and confirmed that there is no whole "standard" chicken.
ok, chicken heads at RM4.50 (90 pence) per kg. In developed countries, this is for making animal feeds or pet food!
Bishop nose for RM8.50 per kg!! It is a delicacy here! This need to be BBQed! I like it also.
ok, got eggs! Plenty of them. But not very cheap also.
Fine... no standard chicken but there are "old" chicken for sales. These are premium chicken. Oppp... some old hens also. So be careful with "old chicken" as they are good for curry only.
Fine, no chicken, I will look for alternative cheap protein. I bought 4 of these "monk fish" or 和尚鱼 for RM10, ie, at RM5/kg. Many won't eat this fish also as the skin is thick. But more importantly, the body has a row of "dots" which make them looking like the spot on the head of monk! So, I called it "monk fish".
Update 28-Sept-2011: Reported in newspaper today that the local poultry farmer are giving up their chicken farm business!

8 comments:

reanaclaire said...

So...chicken is expensive now? then i will opt for other meat .. yes, fish is a good alternative though not cheap either..

William said...

Claire: yes, go for fish .. those cheap ones! They taste ok.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I object to the sale of chicken heads for RM4.50...Even the chicken intestines are sold at a price...I think vendors shouldnot do this.

People should stop paying so much for them...

lasapka said...

no chicken? can KFC survive?

Xjion89 said...

Wow, u know a lot about the market.
Yup, eggs are getting more expensive.

William said...

CY: You are right. But who can stop them as long as there is demand.

lasapka: KFC and others used contract supplier. So, they always get chicken first.

Xjion89: haha... I have been marketing since I was only 8 years old! yes, that was more than 45 years ago.

lasapka said...

i went down to supermarket last night, full of ayam kai ley...

William said...

lasapka, good good... but you are talking about kai.... the newspaper reported today saying that police found kai at chicken house! No surprise, right?!

Anyway, i will go out to confirm whether there are real chicken later.