One thing you definitely can not ignore when traveling to Singapore is to enjoy the cuisine of this island nation. As a country with mixed of cultures, so Singapore cuisine is also rich and varied from the bold style dishes of Chinese cuisine to diverse cuisine of India, from expensive dishes to popular dishes. All blended to create a very specific flavor. But are you looking for the best cheap food in Singapore and must eat places in Singapore? In a country as expensive as Singapore, finding a cheap place to eat is not easy. But do not worry, Living Nomads will make it easy for you to find 9 inexpensive restaurants in Singapore with 9 signature dishes to try out without spending a lot of time or your efforts. No more expensive Chili crab or the frog porridge, the trip is gonna be different. Now, let’s explore the cheap places to eat in Singapore with top 9 best affordable restaurants in Singapore (budget restaurants singapore, inexpensive restaurants singapore, cheap and good restaurants in singapore) below. Get ready to start eating!
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After receiving a Michelin Star in 2016, you can easily find a long queue as it is always crowded here from open time at 10AM until 09PM. What makes the SG$3.8 dish – the cheapest Michelin meal in the world – become special is the crispy chicken skin which was braised until it get a shiny brown color but you still can feel how juicy and tender it is inside the meat. The rice was covered with the unique soya sauce served together with steamed salty peanut. Don’t forget to add some spicy chilli and trust me, you can not stop ordering another dish.
The owner – Chan Hong Meng is really hospitable and be loved by both the locals and tourists. It was told that there was a couple came for the food when the shop was closed to celebrate the staff party, he even invited them to join the party with everyone.
You can try the chicken rice at 02-127 Chinatown Complex and 78 Smith Street.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
Address: 78 Smith Street, Singapore 058972, Singapore
Opening hours: 10AM–8PM. Wednesday: Closed
Phone: +65 6221 1668
A meal price: Under 50 SGD
Fried porridge – Royal J’s Premium Taste
Yes, you are right, it is the fried porridge!
The name sounds weird but you cannot go wrong with it. This is the first and the only place which serves fried porridge throughout Singapore. Chef John literally fries the porridge with some other ingredients likes dried shrimps, yam cubes, shredded crab, dried cuttlefish, fried shallots and spring onions. The fragrant porridge was made from the Japanese pearl grains, superior broth and soya sauce. They also have another breathtaking dishes like fried squids with salted egg and fried pork.
A small claypot of fried porridge will cost you SG$6 while the fried squid is more slightly expensive at SG$28. Going by a group of 4 or 5 will only cost SG$10 each for 4 dishes.
Royal J’s Premium Taste – 御马味不同
Address: 30 Foch Road or Blk 151 Bishan Street.
Hours: Lunch: 11:30PM to 2:30PM / Dinner: 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Phone: +65 91223993
Ponggol Nasi Lemak Centre
Nasi Lemak is an addictive dish in Singapore. It is a rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves which gives a nice pragrance, accompanied with deep-fried chicken wings or drumstick, otah (grilled fish paste), peanuts, ikan bilis (local anchovies), sambal (spicy chilli paste) and cucumber.
My top favorite place is the Ponggol Nasi Lemak Center on Tanjong Katong Road. Unlike other nasi lemak shops where there only have limit offerings, this place offers a variety side dishes: otah, omelet or fried egg, fried peanuts and especially the tiny shrimps fired with green beans. The most delicious is sambal. It is a hot sauce is freshly made from a mixture of chilli peppers, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, shrimp paste, fish sauce stired with some special Malaysian ingredients will give a party on your tongue, super spicy but sweet at the end.
The price at Ponggol is a big plus, only SG$4-8 for a dish depends on your side dish. For example, the full dish with chicken wings, peanuts and eggplants will cost you only SG$5.
Ponggol Nasi Lemak Centre
Address: 238 Tanjong Katong Road
Hours: Mon – Wed: 17:30 – 02:30 / Fri – Sun: 17:30 – 02:30 / Closed: Thursdays
Roti John at Raimah Eating House
This is an Indian dish which really cheap and delicious with its representative is Roti John (not Roti Prata).
Roti John literally means “John’s bread” and it takes the name from a common form of address for Caucasians (“John”) and “roti” means “bread” in Hindi. It is a really simple consisting of sliced baguette fried with a topping of minced lamb or mutton, egg, sliced onion, pepper and the chilli, mayo homemade sauce. For some places, they serve the mayonnaise on side for guests to dip the Roti John. Enjoying the crispy outside Roti John while the meat and egg mixture remains soft topped with the onions crunchy and chilli sauce, with a cup of tarik (Malaysian milk tea) is really amazing.
Where to eat: Indian food stalls behind the Center Point Building, Orchard Road, near Concorde hotel. Price for 1 dish of Roti John is at SG$3, teh tarik is at SG$1.5.
Raimah Eating House
Address: 56 Jalan Kembangan, Singapore 419120
Hours: 03:00pm – 12:00am
Phone: +65 62413841
Char Kway Teow – Hill Street Char Kway Teow
Char Kway Teow is known as stir-fried rice cake strips. It is made from flat rice noodles stir-fired on very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, bean sprouts, Chinese sausage, egg, oysters (commonly clams). The secret to make a delicious Char Kway Teow dish is the pan needs to be on the highest heat to keep the noodles tender with smoky flavor.
Talking more about the Singaporean “reserve” seats habit, when you walk into a hawker center (food courts in an open-air complex which cheaper) or food junction (air-conditioned food court area) and find there are many tables which are put some items such as tissue packets, umbrella, plastic bags,.. on, it means that someone has reserved that seat and you have to find another one.
Hill Street Char Kway Teow
Address: #01-41 Bedok South Market and Food Centre, 16 Bedok South Road, 460016
Phone: +65 90421312
Hours: Opened for lunch till about 4pm. Then around 6pm till all he runs out of food. Closed on Mondays