EVEN with restrictions on the number of diners, vegetarian stall traders are reporting good business during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, with some offering delivery services.
Koay Chew Guat, 70, said customers who ordered meals at RM50 and above could have them delivered right to their doorsteps.
“By taking various approaches, I am seeing good business.
“We have over 50 dishes for customers to choose from, besides fried noodles.
“Since only eight tables are available with only two persons allowed per table, many of my customers prefer takeaways.
“We also have to manage the queue in an organised manner and allow only five customers to come in at any one time, ” said Koay, who has been serving vegetarian meals for 20 years in Gat Lebuh Macallum in Penang.
Dessert seller Karen Tan, 43, was surprised to see a steady stream of customers despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Business is actually slightly better compared to business last year, ” she said when met at her stall in Gat Lebuh Macallum on Thursday.
“There have been large crowds for lunch and dinner since Oct 16.
“We expect business to be even better from now on as many choose to observe a vegetarian diet on the last three days of the festival.”
To make sure that the SOP is adhered to, Tan hired several Rela members to control the crowd and make sure that they register at the entry point.
The festival, held on the first day of the ninth lunar month, is observed by the Taoist community. It will end tomorrow.
Devotees go on a strict vegetarian diet during the nine-day festival that pays homage to the Goddess of the North Star who is believed to control the Books of Life and Death.