Coca-Cola in glass bottle has reappeared in Malaysia and this time, it is sold in hawker-style Chinese restaurants. The 250ml drink, enough to satisfy the thirst of the budget-conscious consumers, is priced at RM 1.20. Clever restaurant owners have even started selling the drink with ice cubes for an extra RM 0.20, thus bumping up the price to RM 1.40 but still cheaper than most beverages.
However, a survey by Mini Me has found not many consumers are actually ordering this affordable Coca-Cola in glass bottle. The reason is hawker-style Chinese restaurants have never been a place for consumers to drink carbonated soft drinks when eating their soup noodles or mixed rice. They would rather drink Milo, coffee, tea or Chinese herbal tea. Often times, people go for a particular hawker-style Chinese restaurant just for its drink like Nam Heong in Ipoh for its famous White Coffee.
To encourage more people to drink Coca-Cola in glass bottle, restaurant owners can consider selling the fizzy drinks at a discount with Western food. Yes, some of the hawker-style Chinese restaurants do have stalls selling Western dishes like steak. As always, carbonated soft drinks are best consumed with Western food such as French fries, steaks and burgers.