Cheap places to eat in Singapore — Top 9 best affordable restaurants in Singapore you should not miss
When visiting Singapore, one thing you should not miss out on is sampling the local food. Singapore food, being a country of mixed cultures, is rich and varied, ranging from the strong style meals of Chinese cuisine to the diversified cuisine of India, from costly delicacies to popular dishes. All of these ingredients were combined to produce a distinct taste. But are you seeking for the finest affordable meals in Singapore or must-try restaurants in Singapore? Finding an inexpensive spot to dine in a nation as pricey as Singapore is difficult. But don’t worry, Focus Asia Travel will help you locate 9 cheap eateries in Singapore with 9 signature dishes to taste without wasting much time or effort. The trip will be different now because there will be no more pricey Chili crab or frog porridge. Now, let’s look at the top 9 best affordable restaurants in Singapore.
Hong Kong Soya sauce Chicken Rice and Noodles
After obtaining a Michelin Star in 2016, there is often a long line since it is always packed here from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The crispy chicken skin, which was cooked till it got a glossy brown hue but you can still feel how moist and soft it is inside the flesh, is what makes the SG$3.8 dish – the cheapest Michelin dinner in the world – unique. The rice was topped with the distinctive soya sauce and served with steaming salty peanuts. Don’t forget to add some fiery chilli, and trust me when I say you won’t be able to resist ordering another plate.
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 is unusual, but you can’t go wrong with it. This is the first and only restaurant in Singapore that serves fried porridge. Chef John actually cooks the porridge with dried shrimps, yam cubes, shredded crab, dried cuttlefish, fried shallots, and spring onions. The aromatic porridge was created using Japanese pearl grains, premium broth, and soy sauce. They also provide stunning delicacies such as fried squid with salted egg and fried pig.
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.
The Ponggol Nasi Lemak Center on Tanjong Katong Road is my absolute favorite. Unlike other nasi lemak restaurants, this one provides a variety of side dishes, including otah, omelet or fried egg, fried peanuts, and, of course, the small shrimps cooked with green beans. Sambal is the most delectable. It is a hot sauce that is freshly prepared from a blend of chilli peppers, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, shrimp paste, fish sauce, and other specific Malaysian ingredients that will give your tongue a party, very fiery yet 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 translates to “John’s bread,” and the name is derived from a customary form of salutation for Caucasians (“John”), and “roti” means “bread” in Hindi. It’s a fairly basic dish that consists of fried sliced baguette with a topping of minced lamb or mutton, egg, chopped onion, pepper, and the homemade chilli, mayo sauce. Some restaurants provide the mayonnaise on the side for diners to dip the Roti John in. It’s very fantastic to have the crispy exterior Roti John while the meat and egg combination stays soft, topped with crunchy onions and chilli sauce, with a cup of tarik (Malaysian milk tea).
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
Stir-fried rice cake strips are referred to as Char Kway Teow. It’s created of flat rice noodles that have been stir-fried over high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, bean sprouts, Chinese sausage, egg, and oysters (commonly clams). The trick to making a great Char Kway Teow meal is to maintain the pan on high heat to keep the noodles soft and smoky.
To elaborate on the Singaporean “reserve” seat habit, if you walk into a hawker center (cheaper open-air food courts) or food junction (air-conditioned food court area) and see many tables with items such as tissue packets, umbrellas, plastic bags, etc. on them, it means that someone has reserved that seat and you must find another one.