With the rise in the dollar exchange rate, the price of kunafa is ranging between 10,000 and 20,000 Lebanese lira, in Sidon, depending on the region and the shop selling it, according to what was reported by “Sawt Beirut International” correspondent Sarah Shehadeh. However, the high prices of kunafa did not stop the demand on it.
An employee in a pastry shop said, “We raised the price of the kunafa from 2,000 lira to 11,000 lira, which is fair compared to the prices of the goods we use in making it, especially cheese and ghee.” He added, “We have two types, regular kunafa and nabulsi. Nabulsi contains extra ghee, almonds, and its dough is crunchy. The price of a kilo is 68,000 pounds, while the price of a regular kunafa kilo is 60,000 pounds. And despite the high price, the demand for it is constant”.
A citizen, who went to the pastry shop to buy kunafa, said, “politicians are humiliating us.” Another said, “I bought 3 kunafa for 33,000 pounds instead of 12,000 pounds as I used to previously pay.”
“Even if the price of the kunafa becomes 20,000 Lebanese pounds, I will still to buy it from this shop… it has the best kunafa in town,” a customer said.