Is HK$20 (US$2.58) for a crispy pineapple bun, also known as bolo bao, too expensive? That now has become a matter of opinion for Hongkongers.
The bun, stuffed with cream and real pineapple, is sold by one of three food trucks that began operations on Friday.
The two-year pilot scheme is aimed at showcasing Hong Kong’s unique cuisines and its high standard of food hygiene and safety, as well as helping bolster tourism.
Former financial secretary John Tsang, who announced the food truck scheme in 2015, complained that the price of the pineapple bun is too high after trying it at the Tsim Sha Tsui Salisbury Garden on Saturday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
He said the food truck owner should lower the price to make the buns more affordable and popular.
Some netizens criticized him for forgetting the fact that the food trucks are his idea.
Still, people waited in line to buy the delicacy. The customers included locals and foreign tourists alike.
Commerce Secretary Gregory So said public reaction to the food trucks has been good, judging from the number of people queuing up.
He said it proves the scheme has won public support not only because of the taste of the food but also because of the affordable prices.
So said the food truck operators will make some adjustments based on market demand in the future, adding that any adjustments will be decided by themselves.
Meanwhile, some people said prices set by the truck owners tend to be higher than those offered elsewhere and blamed the high threshold set by the government for participants in the scheme.
A member of a concern group for street deli culture told RTHK’s City Forum on Sunday that the HK$1 million (HK$128,000) investment required from each food truck operator is too steep.
He said the government should use a grading system to help more people obtain a license to operate a food truck.
Eastern District councilor Yeung Wai-sing, who also chairs the Association for Hong Kong Catering Services Management, said the government should issue more licenses for cooked food centers rather than allow more hawkers to operate on the streets.
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