Time to address the issue head on: money. Definitely a touchy subject amongst peers. When you’re too embarrassed to confess that you can’t afford your friend’s plans for the weekend or always double checking your wallet if you have enough cash before you order food. Been there, done that.
Not only do these have the looks at the goods (these places might just give your regular cafe rotation a run for its money), but they all also come in at $10 and under. To help you on your hunt (and save money), a rundown of our top affordable food picks in Singapore — and how much to spend — below.
If you’re food hunting in the CBD
Speaking of wallet-friendly options… it’s hard to miss these CBD cafes and hawker centres — serving a range of Japanese comfort food dishes. You can expect a rich and creamy Omurice to a combination of tender beef strips that have been braised in our savoury broth. Another front-runner is the Mentai Salmon Bowl, which is essentially salmon slices served over steamy rice and topped with charred mentaiko — at prices that don’t break the bank.
1. Cheese Egg Roll by Masizzim Singapore, $9.80
2. Omurice by Ramen Keisuke, $9.90
3. Mentai Salmon Bowl by Japanese Curry Express, $10
4. Gyudon Bowl by Kinobe Singapore, $6
5. Daily Dry Ramen by Daily Noodles, $7
If you’re food hunting in the East
Food recommendation: Thai Beef Noodles, $6
On days when your tummy aches for a hot bowl of noodles to fill the void, Omar’s is here to deliver. Sticking to what they do best — that is, dishing out hearty, Thai beef noodles, which you can ask for soup refills FOC. There are also curry options, comprising of chicken and mutton.
Place: Omar’s Halal Thai Beef Noodle
Address: 79 Circuit Road, #01-54, Circuit Road Food Centre, Singapore 370079
If you’re food hunting in the West
Food recommendation: Double Cheeseburger, $8
Queuing up for Hammee’s submerges you in the aroma curling up from the grill. That being said, we hear that their classic double beef cheeseburger with smoked bacon hits the spot just as impressively with its heavier flavours of caramelised onions and homemade sauce.
Address: 31 Commonwealth Cres, #02-93 Market & Food Centre
If you’re food hunting in the North
Food recommendation: Curry Seafood Roasted Pork Noodles, $6.50
Come breakfast, lunch, or dinner, diners can opt for a savoury noodle dish at Yishun Park Hawker Centre — one that’s anchored in premium curry flavours. The tantalising ingredients are simple and straight to the point — fresh prawns, roasted pork slices, clams and tau pok coupled with a rich creamy broth. We even heard that Yap’s Noodles only serves 50 bowls daily!
Place: Yap’s Noodles
Address: 51 Yishun Avenue 11, #01-36, Singapore 768867
If you’re food hunting in the South
Food recommendation: Chicken Chop, $7
A not-so-secret gem hides in ABC Brickworks Food Centre: Wow Wow West Genuine. Apart from sating their crowd with delicious western food, their soulful and hearty portions come with housemade coleslaw, fries and baked beans.
Place: Wow Wow West Genuine
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-133, Singapore 150006