SG Cheap & Good Eats ($10 & Below / Pax)

SG Cheap & Good Eats ($10 & Below / Pax)

Cheap & good food finds (Mostly from hawker centres, food courts or coffeeshops) in Singapore.
Jonathan Lim
Jonathan Lim

The food trend in Singapore is constantly changing, and Pao Fan is currently a trendy hawker dish with more and more stalls opening in hawker centres, food courts and coffeeshops. One of my favourite Pao Fans is from San Pin Pao Fan, opened by ex-jumbo veteran chef Ng Chong Lay. They have 4 outlets in Singapore and here’s the Mixed Seafood Pao Fan from their Tanglin Food Hall outlet.

The broth of their Pao Fan isn’t the super ‘gao’ type, but rather a lighter but still really flavourful kind of broth that I really enjoyed! My favourite is the Mixed Seafood Pao Fan, which consists of ingredients like seafood (prawns, clams & mixed Fish), bittergourd, fried egg floss & sprinkles of fried rice puffs. The seafood were really fresh and went really well with their tangy Thai chilli sauce, while the crispy fried rice puffs added to the texture as well!

Do note that the food prices at their Tanglin Food Hall outlet are slightly higher than their other outlets (probably due to higher rental here). Their other 3 outlets are at Foch Road (main), China Square Food Court & Bedok Foodhub, with a 5th one opening soon in Jurong East. Do note that operating hours at each outlet might differ as they stop cooking once the broth runs out.

Had saved Laifabar in my to try list ever since I saw good reviews of their wanton Mee when they were at Scarlet Hotel. They have since relocated to Lucky Food Court at Lucky Plaza and I finally tried their wanton mee recently.

Overall, this was a yummy plate of wanton mee! The char siew was lean, tender and well caramelised, the egg noodles had a nice springy texture and the savoury sauce mix (with the chilli sauce) was delectable. I’ll definitely come back to eat this if I’m in town and craving for a good bowl of wanton mee.

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Finally checked this char kway teow off my hawker to try list! We queued for around 1 hour for our food (cos uncle meticulously fry each plate of noodles one at a time), and I must say it was totally worth the wait (and calories too)! I dare say this is one of the best char kway teows I’ve tried so far in Singapore! My plate of char kway teow was moist and flavourful, with a very strong wok hei plus generous portions of everything (plump cockles, fried pork lard, noodles etc)! Simply delicious, I’ll be back again for sure!

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Since I was in the Bukit Gombak area, I decided to check out this reputable Hainanese chicken rice stall for lunch. You don’t have to queue and wait, you just tell them where you are seated when you are ordering and they will deliver the food to you. The chicken was really yummy! It was so smooth, juicy and tender, and it came with bean sprouts too! Wasn’t a fan of the rice though, it was not as fragrant as I would have liked. Overall, still a really good chicken rice place that I would visit again if I’m in the area. Heard their sesame chicken and roasted meats are good, will probably try those the next time.

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Journey to the west to try this highly recommended (by my foodie friends) fried hokkien prawn mee from The NeighbourWok, that’s located at a coffeeshop in Bukit Batok.

I must say they were right, the fried hokkien mee here is really delicious, and I dare say it’s worth travelling all the way down here to eat this! The wok hei game is really strong here, and the noodles soaks up all the essence of the broth really well, giving it a flavourful and moist taste! This hokkien mee has pork belly, sotong, prawns, pork lard (lots of it) and sambal chilli, and the $5 portion is really generous. Come try it for yourselves!

Besides fried hokkien prawn mee, they also sell satay which I heard is pretty good too. Will order some to try next time when I’m back!

We recently had lunch at Kimchi Xpress, a food stall located at Suntec City’s Big Appetite Food Court. We each ordered a regular bowl ($7.90) of Bibimbap which includes 1 staple, 1 meat and 2 vegetables of your choice. I chose white rice (there’s brown rice option too), beef bulgogi, kimchi and bean sprouts. I must say for food court standard, the bibimbap was really not bad; the beef was sweet and tender, and went really well with the other ingredients. The portion of the ingredients were generous too, which made the price point pretty worth it. I also liked that it was served in a stone bowl, which kept the food warm while we were eating. Each bibimbap comes with a side of kimchi and soup.

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Discovered a pretty good fried hokkien mee stall in the AMK area recently. The fried hokkien mee style here is the wet style that I like, and the flavourful broth was soaked up perfectly by the noodles! Not forgetting the sambal chilli too, which packed a mild spicy kick!

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This place is know for its very affordably priced economical rice (chap chye png) in the Hougang area, and I went to check them out recently for lunch. I saw their price list and you can get a plate of economical rice for as low as $2 (1 meat & 1 veg or 3 veg) here! They have quite a variety of dishes to choose from and I’d highly recommend getting the fried chicken wing, it was really crispy and juicy! I liked the curry gravy too, which had that old school comforting taste!

Are you a fan of Lok Lok? If you are, I’d recommend checking out DLLM LOK LOK! They are located at 171 MacPherson Road, and serves up a wide variety of Lok Lok ingredients at only $1 per stick. The ingredients are all really well fried, and you can pair them with the different sauces like Salted Egg Yolk, Satay, Thai Nam Jin and Chinchalok. The Salted Egg Yolk sauce is easily my favourite, so creamy and addictive! Besides Lok Lok, they also serve comforting Ah Ma Mee with Egg ($2.50) in Maggie Curry or Chicken flavour. They are open from 6pm to 4am (Tues - Sun), head down to satisfy your Lok Lok cravings now!

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Really decent neighbourhood claypot rice found here, heard that they have been selling for over 30 years already! Chicken meats were tender, while the rice was pretty fragrant with lots of charred bits (锅巴) at the bottom. Other ingredients include lup cheong and salted fish. They offer two kinds of chicken here, normal or kampong chicken (additional $1), will try the latter version next time.

This stall is run by the son of the famous Fried Hokkien Mee hawker at Golden Mile Food Centre. Featured is the $10 version, where there are additional ingredients (there are total of 4 prawns, 2 hidden underneath the noodles) and noodles as compared to the cheaper $5 version. The style here is similar to that of his dad, which is the drier style. Taste wise, the wok hei game was pretty strong in the noodles here and quite flavourful too. I also liked the sambal chilli (spicy and shiok), while the pork lard was fragrant. Overall, this was a pretty decent plate of fried Hokkien noodles! They also have a $15 version where they use larger prawns, so prawns lovers may wanna consider that version instead.

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Went to try this recently after seeing so many posts of the kolo mee here on my social media feed, and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. The noodle texture was really springy with tasty seasoning, char siew was good (they use the bu jian tian cut of char siew here), and the dumplings were plump and juicy! Wouldn’t mind queueing for this again if I’m in the area!

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