Expensive Tuen Mun restaurant criticised by Hong Kong woman for charging HK$51 per plate of rice rolls

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26th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) One Hong Kong woman took her grievances to the internet, expressing her dissatisfaction with the exorbitant prices at a restaurant in Tuen Mun on 16th February. The prices for various dim sum items ranged from approximately HK$35 to 55, but it was the listing of a plate of rice rolls priced at HK$51 that caught her attention. Furthermore, she discovered that a bowl of soup dumplings would set her back HK$55. Frustrated, she couldn’t help but exclaim, “No wonder so many people head north for their dining experiences.”

A male netizen swiftly seized the opportunity to criticize the woman for not considering the prices before indulging in her meal. He posted a screenshot of the receipt, seemingly attempting to highlight her lack of awareness. Other netizens chimed in, defending the restaurant’s pricing, stating, “It’s normal for this type of establishment,” “You get what you pay for, and it’s delicious,” and “The issue lies with oneself, not with the prices.” However, due to the lack of support from online users, the woman suspected, and subsequently deleted, her original post.

In the original post shared in a local Facebook group, the woman uploaded a receipt from the restaurant she visited that morning on the seventh day of the Lunar New Year. The bill revealed that various dim sum items ranged from tens to hundreds of Hong Kong dollars. The cheapest option was the prawn dumplings, priced at HK$71.6 for two portions, or HK$35.8 per portion. Rice rolls were priced at HK$51 per plate, while fresh meat soup dumplings and pan-fried turnip cakes in soup were both priced at HK$55 per portion. The receipt indicated a total of 15 servings across 11 food items, amounting to HK$756. It remains unclear whether this total included tea charges or additional fees. Frustrated by the prices, the woman sighed, “No wonder so many people head north for their dining experiences.”

However, her original post was quickly captured by other netizens, who created a separate post to criticise her for not considering the prices before dining. They suspected that she had uploaded the receipt merely to seek attention. Some netizens defended the restaurant, commenting, “It’s typical for this type of establishment,” “You get what you pay for, and it’s delicious,” “The issue lies with oneself, not with others,” “Why didn’t you check the prices before eating?” and “If you didn’t think it was expensive, why complain after finishing your meal?” The woman, feeling the backlash, ultimately decided to delete her original post.