Grocery Experiment 5: How Many Fresh Vegetables Can You Get With RM50?

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Grocery Experiment 5: How Many Fresh Vegetables Can You Get With RM50?

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On July 19, Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) director-general Datuk Sri T. Subromaniam issued a list of SST-exempted items, which includes all groceries, according to aNew Straits Times report. The list, which is about 300 pages long, is currently being updated and is inaccessible (at the time of writing).

Many Malaysian consumers are relieved to find out that items such as sardines, dairy products, coffee, tea, chilli sauce, tomato sauce, cereals, wheat, margarine, rice, fish, chicken, vegetables, and fruits are to be tax-free. Most of these items (excluding fresh foods) were taxed under the previous tax regime.

We’ve done a few grocery experiments for different categories. This time, we’re going to find out how many fresh vegetables we can get with a budget of RM50.

My shopping mission

Grocery Experiment 5: How Many Fresh Vegetables Can You Get With RM50?

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I was wondering whether an RM50 budget could get me all the vegetables I want. These are the veggies I need:

My Shopping List

Garlic

Onion

Ginger

Lemongrass

Cilantro

Chillies

Calamansi

Tomatoes

Potatoes

Broccoli

Carrots

Siew pak choy

Chinese cabbage

Spinach

Cauliflower

Capsicums

Long beans

 

Related: Grocery Price Comparison: Is There Any Difference Post-GST?

List of fresh vegetables purchased with RM50

Screenshot of my shopping cart

With RM50, I was able to get 16 items in the fresh vegetable category and had to give up two items to stick to my budget. These are the list of items purchased at Tesco Online:

Items

Quantity/Weight

Price

Garlic

1.03kg

RM2.97

Large onion

1.1kg RM2.08

Old ginger

1kg

RM5.59

Lemongrass

2 stalks

RM0.49 each

Cilantro

0.2kg

RM3.40

Cili padi (Chilies)

0.27kg

RM2.70

Calamansi

1kg

RM6.99

Tomatoes

1.11kg

RM4.44

Potatoes

1kg

RM1.49

Broccoli

1 pack

RM2.39 each

Carrots

1 pack RM1.69

Siew pak choy

1kg

RM2.49

Chinese cabbage

1.06kg

RM4.84

Green spinach

1.03kg

RM4.13

Long beans 0.7kg

RM3.70

Subtotal

RM49.88

Service charge

RM4.00

TOTAL

RM53.88

Related: How Will SST Impact Prices? 5 Things Consumers Should Know

What I made with the fresh vegetables bought

Grocery Experiment 5: How Many Fresh Vegetables Can You Get With RM50?

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These are some of the easy vegetable dishes I made in 30 minutes or less:

  • Fried Cabbage – 8 minutes (3 minutes for prep, 5 minutes for cooking)
  • Garlic Broccoli Stir-Fry – 10 minutes (5 minutes for prep, 5 minutes for cooking)
  • Vegetable Fried Rice – 30 minutes (20 minutes for prep, 10 minutes for cooking)
  • Garlic Roasted Potatoes – 30 minutes (5 minutes for prep, 25 minutes for cooking)
  • Vegetable Soup – 20 minutes (5 minutes for prep, 15 minutes for cooking)

Related: Grocery Experiment 4: How Many Chilled and Frozen Items Can You Get with RM50?

The average shelf life of vegetables and how to store them right

Grocery Experiment 5: How Many Fresh Vegetables Can You Get With RM50?

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Fresh vegetables are perishable items, but with the right storage method and consistent temperature, you can maintain their freshness and make them last longer, whether in the pantry or in the refrigerator. The following table shows you how to store fresh vegetables, and how long to keep them until you need to toss them out:

Vegetables

Shelf Life

Storage Tip

Siew pak choy

3 days

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Broccoli

1 week

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Cabbage

2 weeks

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Carrots

2 weeks

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Cauliflower

1 week

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Celery

2 weeks

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Chillies

2 weeks

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Corn (unshucked)

3 days

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Cucumbers

5 days

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Garlic

2 months

Keep in a pantry (room temperature). Allow for air circulation

Ginger

3 weeks (in the refrigerator)

6 months (in the freezer)

Keep in an air-tight container

Green beans

1 week

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Lettuce

5 days

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Mushrooms

1 week

Refrigerate. Keep in a paper bag

Onions

2 months (in the pantry)

4 days (cut, in the refrigerator)

Allow for air circulation (in the pantry)

Potatoes

3 weeks (in the pantry)

Keep in room temperature. Allow for air circulation

Spinach

Follow the expiration date Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container. Don’t consume past expiration date since bacteria can develop

Tomatoes

3 days

Refrigerate. Keep in an air-tight container

Related: Shopping Experiment 1: How Many Toiletries Can You Get with RM100?

Shop for groceries with the right credit card

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  • Up to 10% cashback on grocery purchases,
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  • Exclusive discounts on health care packages,
  • Deals and discounts at various shopping outlets in Malaysia and Asia,
  • 2% rebate on online and overseas retail expenses,
  • Complimentary travel personal accident insurance worth up to RM200,000,
  • Access to Plaza Premium Airport Lounges across Malaysia every year, and more.

Don’t forget to check out our top picks for grocery credit cards in Malaysia.

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