Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Global Groans: The Cost of Chinese Food is on the Rise

For whatever reason, Chinese food has never been thought about dancing in between dollar signs. French food — yes, sushi — yes, but Chinese food has always been relatively affordable to cheap compared to other foods.

According to a recent article in the Christian Science Monitor has stepped up inspections of food (overdue), raised fees, and instituted better licensing. Chinese food manufacturers have to file for licenses, and exporters have to obtain certificates of approval from several government agencies. The extra inspection fees and administrative delays, which boost storage costs, are beginning to ripple throughout the world.

Expect cooking oil and soy sauce to rise as well as native noodles and vegetables. Cheap Chinese food that has fed low income folks will rise to cover their costs.

  1. “Greasy food smell in the air” is what I associate most with cheap Chinese restaurants.

    I don’t even want to be anywhere near the area and that means I don’t want to walk around the streets or visit the shops if I can smell it.

    You’d think communities would recognize this and try to do something about it.

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