Grocery Experiment 3: How Much Does it Cost to Make Your Classic Raya Treats?

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Grocery Experiment 3: How Much Does it Cost to Make Your Classic Raya Treats?

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With Raya being a week away, it’s time to make classic Raya treats to celebrate the special day. The 0% GST rate may ease our burden during this festive season, and the Bantuan Sara Hidup Rakyat 2018 (BSHR 2018) couldn’t have come at a better time.

If you haven’t applied for BSHR 2018 yet, you can apply online as soon as possible. Depending on your household income, you can expect to receive cash between RM300 to RM450 if you’re eligible.

In the previous two grocery experiments, we talked about how many cooking ingredients and how many fresh foods we can get with a small budget of RM50.

For this grocery experiment, we thought we’d do a price comparison and see whether making your own classic Raya treats gives more bang for your buck than the store-bought ones. Our price references are Tesco, PasarTap, and various stores.

Check out the basic cost breakdown of making these 10 classic Raya treats:

1. Lemang

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Lemang is a rice cake wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in bamboo sticks. Usual cooking time is three hours long!

Store-bought price (uncooked): RM6.59/310g

Store-bought price (cooked): RM15/bamboo

The cost to make Lemang (one bamboo can yield about 5-10 pieces)

Ingredients

Price

Glutinous rice

RM5.89/1kg

Coconut milk

RM2.44/200ml

Pandan leaves

RM5.60/pack

Bamboo sticks

RM5/bamboo

Banana leaves

RM1.98/150g

Salt

RM0.37/350g

TOTAL

RM21.28

Based on this recipe

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2. Roti Jala & Chicken Curry

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This savoury, crepe-like pancake is typically rolled up or folded and eaten with curry, rendang or peanut sauce.

Made-to-order price: RM80 (100pcs plus chicken curry)

The cost to make Roti Jala & Chicken Curry (serves 6)

Ingredients (Roti Jala)

Price

All-purpose flour

RM2.06/180g

Low-fat milk

RM5.99/litre

Egg

RM2.69/6pcs-carton

Salt

RM0.37/350g

Turmeric powder

RM2.35/125g

Butter

RM5.55/250g

Ingredients (Chicken Curry)

Price

Boneless/skinless chicken breast meat

RM14.99/kg

Instant Meat Curry Paste

RM4.55/230g

Coconut milk

RM2.44/200ml

Shallot  

RM4.99/kg

Cooking oil

RM9.99/2kg

TOTAL

RM55.97

Based on this recipe

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3. Serunding

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Serunding is made of spicy beef or chicken floss, and sometimes there’s a little grated coconut thrown in. It’s often sprinkled over ketupat, lontong or lemang.

Store-bought price: RM40/500g

The cost to make Serunding (serves 6)

Ingredients

Price

Beef

RM24.50/500g

Meat curry powder

RM4.35/250g

Thick santan

RM2.44/200ml

Chilli paste

RM3.19/900g
Cooking oil

RM9.99/2kg

Brown sugar

RM2.99/455g

Fennel seeds

RM1.07/0.1kg

Coriander seeds

RM1.99/50g

Cumin seeds

RM1.69/50g

Salt

RM0.37/350g

Yellow onions (Holland)

RM3.99/500g

Red onions

RM4.99/kg

Garlic

RM9.99/500g

Ginger

RM7.99/kg

Galangal

RM1.50/300g

Lemongrass

RM2.80/10pcs

Turmeric

RM1.35/200g

TOTAL

RM85.19

Based on this recipe

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4. Satay

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This grilled skewered meat, which can be chicken, beef, or mutton, is dipped into the accompanying spiced peanut sauce and paired with ketupat and fresh cucumber slices.

Store-bought price: RM0.25/stick

The cost to make Satay (serves 6)

Ingredients

Price

Boneless and skinless chicken breasts

RM14.99/kg

Bamboo skewers

RM9.90/pack (100pcs)

Cucumber

RM1.49/kg

Red onion

RM4.99/kg

Cooking oil

RM9.99/2kg

Lemongrass

RM2.80/10pcs

Garlic

RM9.99/500g

Shallots

RM4.99/kg

Turmeric powder

RM2.35/125g

Chilli powder

RM2.29/125g

Coriander powder

RM4.09/250g

Salt

RM0.37/350g

Sugar

RM2.95/kg

TOTAL

RM71.19

Based on this recipe

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5. Pineapple Tarts

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In Malaysia, these sweet treats range from pineapple tart rolls to flower-shaped tarts, and even pineapple-shaped tarts.

Store-bought price: RM28 for 40pcs

The cost to make Pineapple Tarts (yields 60pcs)

Ingredients

Price

Butter

RM5.55/250g

All-purpose flour

RM2.06/180g

Self-raising flour

RM4.14/kg

Salt

RM0.37/350g
Egg

RM2.69/6pcs-carton

Pineapple jam

RM5.42/450g

Milk

RM5.99/litre

TOTAL

RM26.22

Based on this recipe

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6. Kuih Bangkit

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This sweet cookie is hard on the outside and light on the inside, which melts in your mouth. The secret is in its ingredients of tapioca flour, eggs and coconut milk.

Store-bought price: RM20 for 40pcs

The cost to make Kuih Bangkit (yields 100-120pcs)

Ingredients

Price

Tapioca flour

RM1.09/500g

Pandan leaves

RM5.60/pack

Egg

RM2.69/6pcs-carton
Sugar

RM2.95/kg

Coconut milk

RM2.44/200ml

Red food colouring

RM1.74/25ml

TOTAL

RM16.51

Based on this recipe

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7. Dodol

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This sticky confection has a toffee-like consistency. In the olden days the process to make it was laborious but today it’s much easier with industrial help. Dodol can be found in different flavours like durian or chocolate.

Store-bought price: RM8/200g

The cost to make Dodol (yields 300g)

Ingredients

Price

Glutinous rice flour

RM3.89/500g

Coconut milk

RM2.44/200ml
Palm sugar

RM5.93/450g

Durian

RM20/kg

Coconut oil

RM28.99/litre

TOTAL

RM61.25

Based on this recipe

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8. Rendang

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The cooked meat in coconut milk is best enjoyed with plain rice or ketupat.

Store-bought price: RM85/kg

The cost to make Rendang (serves 4)

Ingredients

Price

Boneless and skinless chicken breasts

RM14.99/kg

Cooking oil

RM9.99/2kg

Cinnamon stick

RM4.65/80g

Cloves

RM6.19/50g

Star anise

RM3.29/30g

Cardamom pods

RM7.85/30g

Lemongrass

RM2.80/10pcs

Coconut milk

RM2.44/200ml
Kaffir lime leaves

RM1.55/100g

Grated coconut

RM2.65/kg

Sugar

RM2.95/kg

Salt

RM0.37/350g

Shallots

RM4.99/kg

Galangal

RM1.50/300g

Garlic

RM9.99/500g

Ginger

RM7.99/kg

Dried chillies

RM3.19/100g

TOTAL

RM87.38

Based on this recipe

Related: Grocery Experiment 2: How Many Fresh Seafood, Meat & Poultry Items Can You Get with RM50?

9. Kuah Lodeh

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This rich, coconut milk curry dish is often paired with ketupat or plain rice.

Store-bought price: RM4 per small pack

The cost to make Kuah Lodeh (serves 5-7)

Ingredients

Price

Prawns

RM19.99/kg

Gizzards

RM9.29/kg

Fatty beef

RM24.50/500g

Dried shrimp

RM3.82/230g

Dried tofu skin

RM3.95/70g

Hard tofu

RM1.27/200g

Tempeh

RM0.85/pack

Soh hoon

RM2.00/pack

Turmeric leaf

RM0.99/pack

Lemongrass

RM2.80/10pcs

Turmeric

RM1.35/200g

Galangal

RM1.50/300g

Shallots

RM4.99/kg

Garlic

RM9.99/500g

Snake beans

RM4.90/pack

Carrots

RM4.99/kg

Green chillies

RM11.99/kg

Cabbage

RM3.49/kg

English gourd

RM3.75/kg

Coconut milk

RM2.44/200ml

Beef stock

RM2.73/10g

Cooking oil

RM9.99/2kg

Salt

RM0.37/350g

Sugar

RM2.95/kg

TOTAL

RM134.89

Based on this recipe

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10. Ketupat

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Wrapped in a leafy, green pouch that’s handmade from coconut leaves, these iconic steamed rice dumplings complete each Raya celebration. It’s best enjoyed with rendang, serunding or curry.

Store-bought price (uncooked): RM6.29/20g

Store-bought price (cooked): RM20 for 25pcs

The cost to make Ketupat (serves 4)

Ingredients

Price

Rice

RM5.89/1kg

Pandan leaves

RM5.60/pack

Salt

RM0.37/350g

TOTAL

RM11.86

Based on this recipe

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Store-bought vs. making your own: Which one gives more bang for your buck?

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There are pro’s and con’s to making your own classic Raya treats, such as larger quantity of servings and foods that come out tasty based on your preference.

The numbers shown on the tables may seem like big numbers, especially meat-based dishes like serunding, rendang, or satay, but the ingredients can be reused for making other dishes.  

The downside to making your own classic Raya treats is the time and labour spent in the kitchen. That said, it could be the perfect bonding time with your relatives.

Store-bought classic Raya treats help you save time and energy, but they’re often sold in small quantities, or the taste may not be to your liking. They’re sometimes a little more expensive compared to making your own.

It’s hard to say which one is better, as it depends on individual needs and budget.

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