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Top 10 Places for Cheap and Good Food!

Good food doesn’t have to be expensive. When it comes to Singapore, its easy to eat well while on a budget thanks to the hawker centers located all around this little red dot. From Jurong all the way to Harbourfront and places in between, there’s quality food everywhere. Do bring your friends along to these places when you visit—because good food is meant to be shared. 

Indian Food

There is a reason why food is so powerful— it brings back memories and feelings that comforts the heart. Here are some locations for cheap and amazing Indian food!

 

     1. Casuarina Curry – Upper Thomson 

Nothing is better than enjoying a crispy and hot plate of egg pratas ($1.60) on a weekend morning. Casuarina Curry serves their customers filling meals and more importantly, its wide variety of Indian food is delicious. This is the perfect place to enjoy cheap and delicious food with your friends.  

Pricing: Ranges from $1.30 to $6.40
Address: 
136-138 Casuarina Road (Off Upper Thomson)
Singapore 579524

Opening Hours: 7am till midnight 

How to get there: 

  1. Take the red line and get off at Yio Chu Kang MRT Station 

  2. Take bus 860 from Yio Chu Kang Interchange and get off 7 stops later at “NPB Serangoon Depot” (Bus stop number: 56199) 

2. Madras New Woodlands Restaurant —Upper Dickson Road

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Looking for some vegetarian food? Opened in 1983, the delicious selection of food and great service will surely get you coming back for more. While you are here, be sure to order the VIP Thali ($9.50). Mandras New Woodlands Restaurant serves up portions so large that you might not need dinner.  

Pricing: Average $7 
Address: 14 Upper Dickson Road, 207474

 

Opening Hours: 7.30am -11 pm (Mon-Sun) 

How to get there: 

  1. Take the train on the blue line to Rochor MRT Station

  2. Walk to the bus stop at the MRT station and board bus 23

  3. Get off after one stop at “Tekka Ctr” (Bus stop number: 07031) 

  4. Walk for about 3 minutes to Mandras New Woodlands Restaurant 

3. Ghandi Restaurant – Little India 

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If you plan to eat in Little India, head over to Ghandi Restaurant for a great deal. Enjoy a large plate of fragrant rice, meat and vegetables for less than $10. The best part is, the rice and vegetables can be refilled anytime you want— for free.

Prices: Below $10 
Address: 29/31 Chander Road, Singapore 219538 

 

Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm (Mon to Sun) 

How to get there: 

  1. Take the purple line or blue line and get off at Little India MRT Station 

  2. Walk to Exit E of the MRT Station

  3. Walk along Chander Road 

Muslim Food

Here are some of our top picks when it comes to affordable Muslim food! Friendly for the wallet and great for filling your bellies.

 

     1. Aspirasi Nasi Ayam Penyet — Harbourfront, Seah Im food Centre 

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If you want to try some Malay food, Seah Im Food Centre has a famous Nasi Ayam Penyet store that is sure to bring smiles to your faces. For only $4, the combination of rice, perfectly fried chicken and fragrant chili might just make this your favourite dish in Singapore.

Pricing: Average $4 per person 
Address: 2 Seah Im Road
#01-22 Seah Im Food Centre
Singapore 099114

 

Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm (Tues to Sun)
Closed on Mon 
 

How to get there: 

  1. Take the yellow line or purple line to Harbourfront MRT Station 

  2. Take Exit A of the MRT station and walk to Seah Im Food Centre

 

2. Cendol at Makan Melaka

Hot days in Singapore calls for an icy and sweet bowl of dessert. Get yourself a bowl of Cendol—a Malay dessert drink with its signature bright green jelly swimming in fragrant coconut milk and a drizzle of brown palm sugar syrup. For only $2, this bowl is a must-eat after your meals. 

Pricing: $1.50 
Address: 
1. Blk 492, Jurong West Avenue 1, #01-70, Singapore 640492 

   Opening hours: 7am to 7pm (Daily)

2. Blk 1 Changi Village Road, #01-2046, Singapore 500001 

   Opening hours: 10.30am to 10pm (Daily)


How to get there: 

To the Jurong West branch: 

  1. Take the green line to Lakeside MRT Station 

  2. Walk to the bus stop at the MRT station “Opp Lakeside Stn” (Bus stop number: 28099) 

  3. Board bus 187 or 98 

  4. After 4 bus stops, get off at “Blk 425” (Bus stop number: 28519)  

  5. Walk for approximately 4 minutes to get to your destination. 


To the Changi Village branch: 

  1. Take the green line to Pasir Ris MRT Station 

  2. Walk to Exit A and head to the bus stop at the MRT Station “Aft Pasir Ris Stn Exit A’ (Bus stop number: 77171) 

  3. Board bus 89 and get off at “Bef S’pore Aviation Ac” (Bus stop number: 99181) 

  4. Walk for approximately 5 minutes until you reach your destination 

3. Nasi Lemak at Azme Corner Muslim Food 

How about a plate of delicious Nasi Lemak on your weekend? At Azme Corner Muslim Food located at Bedok North, a delicious plate for Nasi Lemak costs less than $2. Enjoy the fragrant coconut rice and crispy anchovies with a choice of chicken wing or fish for an additional $1.

Pricing: Average $1.80 to $3.50

How to get there: 

  1. Take the green line to Tanah Merah MRT Station 

  2. Walk to Exit A and head to the bus stop at the MRT Station “Tanah Merah Stn Exit A” (Bus stop number: 85099) 

  3. Board bus 14 

  4. After 3 stops, get off at the bus stop called “Blk 124” (Bus stop number: 84249) 

  5. Walk for about 5 minutes and you will get to your destination.

Address: Blk 122 Bedok North Street 2, Singapore 460122

Others

The best part about Singapore is that we have a wide variety of food choices from various cultures and they can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime thanks to our hawker centres. Here are some of the other cuisines that are worth trying in Singapore.

1. Chinatown Hong Lim Food Centre— Ah Heng Chicken Curry Bee Hoon 

Enjoy a hot bowl of curry chicken noodles at Chinatown’s Hong Lim Food Centre. Ah Heng Chicken Curry Bee Hoon Mee deserves its Michelin Star and is worth queuing for. Priced affordably at $5, $6 and $7, this store surprises you with its delicious curry broth, fishcake, juicy tau pok (fried beancurd).

Pricing: $5, $6, $7

Address: 
Ah Heng Chicken Curry Bee Hoon Mee 
Blk 531A, Upper Cross Street #02-57/58, Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, Singapore 051531

Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 9pm (Sat – Sun)

 

How to get there: 

  1. Take the purple or blue line to Chinatown MRT Station

  2. Take Exit F and walk to Hong Lim Market and Food Centre 

2. Taman Jurong Food Centre— Rong Sheng Fish Head Bee Hoon

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Located at Taman Jurong Food Centre, this Hong Kong Style Fish Head Bee Hoon is a must-try. The fried fish and noodles soaking in the milky fragrant broth is what makes this dish so popular. Enjoy this unforgettable bowl for only $3.50/$4.

Pricing: $3.50/$4

Address:

Rong Sheng Fish Head Bee Hoon
Taman Jurong Food Centre
3 Yung Seng Road
#03-121
Singapore 618499
 

Opening Hours: 10am-10pm (Mon, Wed-Sun), Closed on Tues

 

How to get there: 

  1. Take the green line and get off at Lakeside MRT station. 

  2. Take Exit A and walk to the bus stop at the MRT Station “Lakeside Stn” (Bus stop number: 28091) 

  3. Board bus 98 and get off 5 stops later at “Blk 117” (Bus stop number: 21599

  4. Cross the road and walk to the Taman Jurong Food Centre. 
     

3. Boon Lay Place Food Village: Heng Huat Boneless Duck Noodles. 

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For only $3.50, this bowl of duck noodles is covered with beansprouts and a delicious sauce. Mix the dish well before eating it and get a taste of the tender duck meat and yellow noodles. It’s the perfect lunchtime meal.

Pricing: $3.50

Address:

Heng Huat Boon Lay Boneless Duck Noodles

Boon Lay Place Food Village
221B Boon Lay Place
#01-140
Singapore 642221

 

Opening Hours: 5.45am -10am, 4.45pm -7pm (Tues-Sun, Sun open till 10am)

Closed on Mon

How to get there: 

  1. Take the green line to Lakeside MRT station

  2. Take bus 240 or 246 from Boon Lay Interchange

  3. Get off three bus stops later at Boon Lay Shopping Centre

  4. (“Boon Lay Shop Ctr”: Bus stop number 21449)

  5. Walk for one minute to reach Boon Lay Place Food Village.

4. Thai Thai Nitta — Harbourfront,  Seah Im food Centre 

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Get a taste of what Thai food is like at this hawker stall at Seah Im Food Centre. Located at Harbourfront, $4 would be able to get you an amazing plate of Tom Yum Fried Rice or Thai Omelette Rice prepared by a skilled chef.

Pricing: Average $5 per person

Address: 2 Seah Im Road
#01-22 Seah Im Food Centre
Singapore 099114

 

Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm (Mon to Sun)

How to get there: 

  1. Take the yellow line or purple line to Harbourfront MRT Station

  2. Take Exit A of the MRT station and walk to Seah Im Food Centre

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