TikTok is up in arms over after a luxury hotel charged a guest $14 for 2 small bowls of steamed white rice


A TikTok video showing just how much a bowl of rice can cost at one of Singapore's luxury hotels has gotten people all fired up. 

The clip, posted by TikTok account "richlife1688," shared a receipt from the purchase of two small bowls of steamed white rice at Singapore's ultra-luxurious Marina Bay Sands hotel, a landmark property that overlooks the island state's glittering business district. 

According to the receipt, the bowls of rice, purchased during a stay in August, cost $8 Singapore dollars each, which amounts to $5.90. After taxes, the guest ended up paying S$18.83, or $13.88, all for two bowls of steamed grains. 

Comments on the TikTok clip did not take kindly to the price, with one user saying: "MBS rice made out of gold." 

Another TikTok user wrote: "I prefer (to) eat grass than pay this price for rice." 

Insider verified that the Marina Bay Sands hotel, which serves a variety of Southeast Asian and Asian cuisine on its in-room dining menu, does indeed charge guests S$8 for a bowl of rice. For context, an 11-pound bag of rice in Singapore retails for S$7.30 at local supermarket chain Fairprice — 70 cents less than the hotel's price for one small bowl.  

Singapore's luxury hotels are not known for serving up the cheapest fare. Capella Singapore, a five-star hotel on Singapore's balmy Sentosa Island, for one, serves local Hainanese chicken rice at $26.54 before taxes at its The Knolls restaurant. A similar dish of chicken rice sold at Hawker Chan, once known as the world's cheapest Michelin-starred meal, goes for around $2.25 a plate. 

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