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Taugeh - The Most Profitable Dish

In Malaysia, the most expensive vegetable you can find in the market is...the taugeh. The bean sprouts.

Nah. Just kidding! =)

Actually, the bean sprouts is actually the CHEAPEST vegetable in the wet market and they are always out of stock by 10.00am in the market that I go to. You can get a whole bucket of it with RM1 so, normally, RM0.30 is enough for us here.

Recently, I went out to eat with a couple of friends and I was eyeing the bean sprouts cooked with soya sauce and sesame seed oil. The cost was RM6.90 for the dish....with no meat whatsoever in it, it costs RM6.90. Amazing. I bet, in the owner's prayers every single night, he is asking God to have people pouring into his restaurant asking for bean sprouts. The profit margin is simply too unimaginable.

We're paying RM6.90 to have the cooks boil a pot of water, wash the bean sprouts, blanch it and then mix some soya sauce together with some sesame seed oil and then toss it all together with some shredded carrots and green onion. Fab. And shredded carrots and green onion will not RM6.90 make this dish.

That is why I am such a big advocate of cooking and eating at home. I mean, the cost of the dish is probably less than RM1.50, for Heaven's sake. So, no matter how busy I am during the day, I make sure I make time to cook a little something for our meals. It doesn't even have to be complicated. If you simplified things and stop being such a whiny wimp about what you eat (and think health along the way), you could save some money while benefiting from it all.

And I love cooking. It is almost only the outlet I have to get creative and imagining. Not that I am a fab cook coz sometimes it sucks too, but it happens when I am impassioned about life, work, kids,s bills, responsibilities, etc. If I snap myself out of that form of thinking and worrying, I actually create quite edible things.

Just saying. =)

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