Deliciousness that will cost you as little as $5.
Sure, Singapore is most renowned for its over-the-top extravagance and unmatched luxury. But that doesn’t mean getting a decent meal will cost you a pretty penny every time. You can rest assured knowing that cheap, delicious food is abundant and easy to find. There are tons of shop houses serving every type of local fare from Chinese to Indian to Halal. Here are our favorite places to visit for a cheap plate of deliciousness that will cost you as little as $5.
The shop houses on Killiney Road were a lifesaver when I checked in late to Lloyd’s Inn around the corner. This low-key street just off of Somerset Road is awesome because there are shop houses serving Indian, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Western food all in one neat line. I would opt for the chicken rice at The Chicken Rice Ex-press for the most typical local dishes. Killiney Kopitiam is also fun to pop into for breakfast if you wish to see what a real Singaporean diner filled with locals looks like in the morning.
Chinatown – Smith Street
The most well-known place for hawker fare in Chinatown is Smith Street, just down a couple of blocks from the Chinatown MRT station. The outdoor area lined with restaurants and tables on both sides has every type of fried, oily, spicy and fishy Chinese food that you could ever want. There are dim sum (or yum cha) style restaurants as well as small stands specializing in specific items such as grilled oysters and stingray. Whenever you want a satisfying al-fresco meal accompanied by loud restauranteurs, you know where to go.
It’s no surprise that Little India is the place to go for affordable Indian, Turkish and Middle Eastern food. The small pedestrian streets surrounding Sri Veeramakaliamman Hindu Temple, such as Haji Lane, are full of colorful shop house restaurants with super cute décor. You’ll find no shortage of aromatic curries, tandooris, kebabs and halal food to eat in stylish outdoor spaces.
Maxwell Road is among the most popular hawker centers in Singapore. The main draw is that it is home to Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, which boasts a Michelin Bib Gourmand award. Expect perpetual long lines if you’re looking to get a taste of this award-winning chicken rice. But luckily there are tons of other food stalls on Maxwell Road where you can taste classic Singaporean dishes like popiah, bak kut teh and loh mee, often just for $3. Expect large crowds lining up to satisfy their appetites at this hawker center at all hours of the day.
Photos: Nadia Cho