Through The Static

May 30, 2008

Dimming the Sum: ChinaTown Cheap Eats No Mo

Filed under: Food,Idiots,Wake Up Call — bobbleheadedbob @ 7:12 am

In case you’ve been out of the loop, battling an eating disorder in Hollyweird, or on that hipster vegan faux-food diet, there’s a food crisis going on here. And it’s kind of a big deal.

Being a big deal, it’s hitting the bigger deals on meals in town — Chinatown, even YOU cannot escape its grasp!!! $5.99 bowl of beef nood-o no mo, folks! Chinatown apologizes, especially to White college students and hipsters in need of their cheap “cultural” fix, but with the rising cost of food, it can no longer keep the price of immigrant exploitation down.

As reported by New America Media:

High Food Costs in New York’s Chinatown -Living in the Shadow of Recession

NEW YORK — Climbing food and commodity prices are translating into higher prices at restaurants, and the trend is evident everywhere in New York’s Chinatown.

“We have no choice but to increase the price of our entrées, because the basic ingredients that we buy from our distributor have become very expensive as well,” Jian Xi, a spokesman for Wai La Restaurant on Mott Street,” said through a translator.

With prices that ranged from $7 to $10 dollars per meal a month ago, Mr. Xi said that now they have gone up between 30 and 50 percent.

So instead of paying $10 for your gluttonous share of glutinous rice and har gao at dim sum, it shall climb ever higher towards the $15 dollar range. This is assuming that you are still eating enough for 3 for the price of 1.

Dining at Din Tai Fung my cost you. Like, what it’s actually probably worth. For the first time. EVER.

The national consumer rate of basic commodities, like meat, vegetables and beverages, rose 0.4 percent in February, or a 4.4 percent hike as compared last year, according to a report released by U.S. Department of Labor.

Dairy products also climbed 0.2 percent for the same period, the report said, and bakery products increased 1.8 percent – the largest monthly advance since 1975.

“If restaurant owners like me will retain our old price, we won’t be able to earn a profit,” said Nin-ha Yang, a member of New York’s Chinese American Restaurant Association.

Ms. Yang, who runs a Cantonese restaurant on Baxter Street, said that she even had to adjust the price for wedding banquets and birthday meal packages to stay competitive.

“We used to charge $298 for a 12-course meal for 10 people. Unfortunately, we cannot do that now. For the same package, we have offered it for $500 since the Chinese New Year this year,” she said. “Everything – rent, gas, utilities – went up. Even our workers want a higher pay,” she said. “It’s difficult nowadays.”

Be prepared to blame exploited immigrant workers for demanding higher pay. The NERVE of some overworked, underpaid, under-the-table immigrants. For rEALs!

ZOMG, people will now have to pay 50 bucks per person for a 12-course meal?! OMGEEZ, peoples! That’s like — ::breaks out calculator — $4.16 per course!!!

…which is still way cheaper than buying a plate of wormy spaghetti at your local Olive Garden.


Would you be willing to pay $5.00 for a plate o diz?

The price for commercial and housing rent rose by 0.2 percent last month, and fuel also earned a 1.5 percent hike, the Labor Department report added.

While the bull market in commodities has been difficult for restaurant owners, it has been a boon for food distributors.

“I believe we have about 15 percent profit hike in the first-quarter,” a supervisor for DiCarlo Inc., one of the largest independent distributors in the New Jersey and New York areas, spoke on condition of anonymity.


::putters away::

But for restaurant customers, who feel at the bottom of the consumer market chain, paying higher price for meals is disheartening.

“I still couldn’t believe I had to pay $10.99 for beef noodles. That used to be $5.99 two weeks ago,” said Patiricia Cadora, a regular customer in Chinatown.

Cadora who works a block from Canal Street, said that she has to minimize dining out with friends after work. “I think it’s time for me to learn how to cook.”

10.99 for a hot, steamy bowl of rich, brown beefy soup filled with chewy, firm noodles and tender hunks of beef brisket — some greens, too, if ur lucky. All for about the price one pay to get half a pound of boiled pasta with watery red sauce.

Ze bobblebot’s just SAYING…

Sometimes capitalism, as evil as it is, has its beauties. Like forcing people to DO THINGS (consume less gas, learn to cook their own damn food) they should be doing more often. Unfortunately at the expense of the less fortunate, but there ya go.

Look! There’s a wincing smiley face in the soup!!! Coincidence?

I thinking NOT.

Cheapy Chinatown eats was all a Forever21 illusion of affordability and we all KNEW IT and KNOW IT and now have to PAY closer to what it’s actually WORTH. Sucks for you, peoples!



  1. damn…those are some large price hikes. first evidence of the price hikes I noticed in restaurants was at this pizza place the other day, they had a sign that said they’re temporarily charging an extra 50 cents for every pizza due to the price of flour…

    Comment by disciplepete — May 30, 2008 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

    • yalllll puros lokz :.

      Comment by emiliano zapata — April 17, 2011 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  2. this post makes me hungry (especially the xiao long bao)! too bad. even if i knew how to make xiao long bao, buying the ingredients at grocery stores costs more than what it used to as well.

    Comment by ausaydong — June 1, 2008 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

  3. enakkkkkkkkkk nya makanan kayak makanan negara ku semua

    Comment by raje — February 2, 2009 @ 1:41 am | Reply

    • hai ya

      Comment by emiliano zapata — April 17, 2011 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  4. american restaurants usually serve foods that are high in protein and also in saturated fats _

    Comment by Impotence Remedy : — October 31, 2010 @ 10:27 am | Reply

  5. most american restaurants serves fatty foods that is why sometimes i avoid them ;~,

    Comment by Sleeper Sofa — November 22, 2010 @ 5:02 am | Reply

  6. might as well have a carne asada in the back yarrrrd

    Comment by emiliano zapata — April 17, 2011 @ 8:51 am | Reply

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