PRICE ALERT: Ampalaya With Egg Is The Affordable Meal You Should Make This Week

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Rejoice if you're a fan of this easy ampalaya recipe because the price of red onions, eggs, and even ampalaya remain steady and affordable this week. In fact, according to current food prices, a serving of this veggie dish is only around P18, which is within anyone's budget! That makes it one of the more affordable dishes you can make without worrying that you're sacrificing flavor, quality, or even your food budget to make the dish. 

Speaking of food budgets, you might be wondering what the price situation is according to the Bantay Presyo of the Department of Agriculture, especially after the Philippine Star reported on September 7 that Agriculture Senior Undersecretary Domingo Panganiban claimed there's an overabundance of garlic and cabbage

Since the price of local garlic at P350 per kilo is higher than that of imported garlic at P120 per kilo, this leaves the money-savvy public with no choice about which to buy, especially since the prices are more than double the other. 

You can still buy affordable cabbage or reployo this week for your tortang repolyo or nilaga
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Cabbage or repolyo meanwhile has enjoyed a relatively steady P60 to P70 per kilo price listing for weeks now according to the prices from palengkes the Bantay Presyo sheets regularly monitor. This means you can still enjoy dishes that have cabbage in them such as tortang repolyo, cabbage soup with ground pork, or even the humble nilaga. You can even have your nilaga spicy especially now that the price of siling labuyo dropped to P250 per kilo this week! 


What other food prices changed this week to watch out for when you go grocery shopping this weekend? 

Here are the price increases that happened within the week, so you can better budget your food bill: 

Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao
Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao

Here are the kinds of food at the palengke that had a price decrease this week: 

Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao
Illustrator Louis Miguel A. Talao

These prices are sourced and gathered from markets from these areas in the metro: Commonwealth, Guadalupe, Las Piñas, Malabon, Marikina, Mega Q-Mart, Muntinlupa, Muñoz, Pasay, Pasig, Pritil, Quinta, and San Andres. 

For more information about the price watch of the Department of Agriculture, visit the government agency's website.

Price Alert is a weekly roundup of the prices of common goods and other ingredients monitored using the Department of Agriculture's Price Watch. 


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