Customer expresses disdain over black carrot cake being more expensive than white carrot cake at hawker stall

Carrot cake has always been one of my favourite hawker dishes growing up. I love the black variety in particular. Drizzled in a sweet dark sauce, black carrot cake is usually the same price as its white counterpart.

However, on 16 August 2022, a Shin Min Daily News reader made a complaint to the paper with regards to a hawker stall that charged extra for their black carrot cake.

Vegetable Oil Fried Carrot Cake - storefront
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Vegetable Oil Fried Carrot Cake, located within Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre in Ang Mo Kio, sells their white carrot cake at the following prices: S$3 for a small portion, S$3.50 for a medium portion, and S$6 for a large portion.

The black carrot cake, on the other hand, is pricier at S$3.50 for a small portion, S$4 for a medium portion and S$7 for a large portion.

According to Shin Min Daily News, the 60-year-old owner of Vegetable Oil Fried Carrot Cake explained that the price difference between the white and black varieties was due to the sweet dark sauce used in the black version.

Vegetable Oil Fried Carrot Cake - black carrot cake
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The owner stated that the sweet dark sauce used was of a higher quality and costs S$10 per bottle, and that if she priced the black carrot cake the same as the white carrot cake, her stall would lose money.

She also added that the fish sauce used at Vegetable Oil Fried Carrot Cake is different from other stalls, and costs twice as much.

Would you be willing to pay S$0.50 to S$1 more for a plate of black carrot cake? Or would you stick to having white carrot cake?

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