With Lehman's collapse and inflation of food and utilites prices going on double digits, Londoners are expected to tighten our belts as dinners in fancy restaurants becomes luxuries.
Have you ever wondered how much does it actually cost to prepare a hot meal for one in Central London? I'm not referring to merely tossing instant noodles, which cost just 8p/packet by the way, into a pot of boiling water and pretend that's even a meal.
I'm talking about a piping hot plate of fried rice, which can easily cost you £5 in your local Chinese takeaway or up to £12 at a Chinese restaurant. So how much are we looking at? Well, you'll be surprised.
2 eggs @ £1.50 per 15 eggs - £0.20
Long grain rice @ £0.79 per kg - £0.20
Pork luncheon meat @ £1.25 per can - £0.25
Closed cap mushrooms @ £0.74 per pack - £0.20
Extra ingredients: chopped garlic, cooking oil, soy sauce, black ground pepper and toasted sesame oil - £0.50 (items can be use for several portions)
Total cost = £1.35
The best thing is that the above is enough for three person. Well, two if both of you are big eaters. Can't finish it alone? Microwave it for the next meal!
Now, try beating that.