$144 chicken rice meal for 16 - but it's justified

A RM418 (S$144) meal of Teochew chicken rice, consisting of chicken meat, innards, taugeh, rice and drinks eaten by a group of 16 diners in Seremban, has sparked a heated debate online, Sin Chew Daily reported.

One of the diners posted the meal's receipt on his Facebook page, and it was shared more than 4,000 times in less than 24 hours.

When contacted, the restaurant operator conceded that their prices were commensurate with their food quality.

"Customers who appreciate it come back again and again," she said, adding that they had been in business for 40 years and they used the best ingredients, including free-range chicken and Bentong ginger.

She even revealed that they had been investigated by the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry following complaints.

"But when they saw that we used premium-grade ingredients, they understood why our prices were high," she said.