Lettuce shortage Restaurant bill exposes extent of lettuce shortage

Lettuce shortage Restaurant bill exposes extent of lettuce shortage

Australia’s lettuce shortage has hit a new low after a diner was slugged with a overload for the leafy vegetable.

3AW Breakfast radio hosts Ross Stevenson and Russel Howcroft posted photo proof of the unusual charge to their Twitter account this morning.

The photo was of an itemized bill to an unnamed Chinese restaurant for more than $386.

Amid the orders of scallops, soft pot, prawn toast, peking duck and peppered beef was a single order for san choi bao. Below it there was another charge – a lettuce cup for $1.

“This is cheeky… Surely the lettuce is a constituent element of organic san choi, not an optional extra,” the caption accompanying the photo said.

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Followers of the hosts were quick to admonish the overload.

One follower simply replied: “Ridiculous”. Others offered a little more.

“Things I did not predict I would see in 2022… lettuce overload,” another wrote.

“It’s getting to the stage only TV and radio hosts can now afford lettuce,” yet another wrote.

Meanwhile, some followers took issue with the price of other dishes.

“Forget the lettuce ($3 – 5 wholesale) I can’t get past the 2 x scallops at $28 bucks each,” one person wrote.

“Forget the lettuce: $45 for half a duck?” another wrote.

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“Would you prefer it in cabbage?” another follower wrote, referencing the “hero” replacement vegetable many have turned to throughout the shortage.

Earlier this month some Australians were left perplexed after popular fast-food giant KFC warned its customers of a change to its menu.

There were warnings on the company’s website and signs in stores letting customers know a “temporary blend of lettuce and cabbage” is being used on all products containing lettuce.

Supply chain issues with vegetable can be blamed on the weather.

Much of the vegetables on Australian supermarket shelves are coming from Queensland – specifically the Lockyer Valley as well as Scenic Rim and Stanthorpe.

However, after three months of rain entire crops of common vegetables have all but been wiped out.

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