Which is Cheaper? NSK vs Tesco Price List

Which is cheaper? NSK vs Tesco

The first step to cooking a cheap and healthy meal is sourcing cheap and fresh ingredients. In our hunt for fresh, yet affordable groceries, we checked out the local favourites – NSK Kuchai Lama and Tesco Cheras. What we found was that both offered cheap prices for different items. However, NSK led with lower prices for 25/36 items. Detailed list below:

NSK vs Tesco: Price Comparison

Grocery Item NSK Kuchai Lama Tesco Cheras
Which is Cheaper?
Eggs (Grade A)RM9.59 RM11.69NSK
Water spinach (Kangkung) RM2.50/kg RM2.49/kg Tesco
Spinach (Bayam)RM2.50/kgRM2.49/kgTesco
Mustard greens (Sawi / Choy Sam)RM2.50/kgRM2.49/kg
Chinese cabbage RM1.49/kg RM1.99/kg
Hard tofu RM2 for 10 pieces RM0.99 for 2 pieces
Egg tofu RM0.50 / piece RM0.99 / piece
Taupok RM3.20 / 400g RM4.99 / 380g NSK
Smooth tofu RM0.90 / packRM0.99 / pack
Pumpkin RM1.79 / kg RM2.19 / kg
Enoki mushrooms RM0.99/pack (100g) RM0.99/pack (100g)Same
Oyster mushrooms RM2.80 / 200gRM1.99 / 200g
Fresh shiitake mushrooms RM3.99 / 500gRM5 / 500g
Fresh cloud ear mushroomsRM30 / kg RM43.50 / kg (dried)Different items (could not find fresh cloud ear mushrooms in Tesco)
Eco Brown's Unpolished Brown Rice RM19.30 / 5kg RM28.99 / 5kg
Ladies fingers RM6.99/kg RM7.16/kgNSK
Tomatoes RM1.99/kg RM2.99/kg
Carrots RM2.99/kg RM2.39/kg
Cencaru (fish)RM6.50/kgRM8.99/kg
Bawal mas (fish)RM5/pieceRM5.99/piece
Chicken breast RM12.99/kg RM15.99/kg
Young coconut RM2.5/piece RM3.49/piece
White radish (lobak putih)RM1.49/kg RM3.99/kg
Red pepper RM8.99/kg RM17.99/kgNSK
Green pepper RM4.99/kg RM6.99/kgNSK
Cauliflower RM4.99/kgRM2.99/kg Tesco
Cucumber RM2.49/kg RM1.79/kg Tesco
Broccoli RM1.99/piece RM6.99/kg (we picked one piece which costs RM2.42)NSK
Sengkuang RM2.39/kgRM2.49/kg NSK
Ikan bilis RM19.90/kg RM22.90/kg NSK
Red onionsRM1.50/kgRM0.99/kg Tesco
Sweet peas RM1.68 /pack of 130gRM2.99/pack of 130gNSK
Carotino cooking oilRM9.90/1LRM14.99/1LNSK
Smart Balance cooking oil (3L + 1 free bottle)RM21.90RM26.90
Colavita Olive Oil 750mlRM22.90 RM22.90 Same
Basso Olive Pomace OilRM19.50/1L RM10.49 / 500ml NSK
Tesco 8/36
Same price 2/36
Different Items 1/36

Tesco branches are available nationwide. Check out list of outlets here. NSK has 13 branches located across the Klang Valley. List of outlets available here.

Want to learn how to prepare meals for two people with a budget of RM10? See our series of Healthy Meals for 2 Under RM10.

Note: Prices listed were found in stores on 17th March, 2014.


Where else do you like to shop at for cheap and fresh groceries? Share your shop secrets in the comments below or on our Facebook page!


Written by: Jolene Foo

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