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

Been awhile since I had this Char Kway Teow and I’m happy to report that its standard is still gold! Wok hei is very prominent in each bite of the noodles, while the sweet and smoky lup cheong paired so well with the fresh cockles! All this for only $4 per plate too – look at that generous portion! All in all, a plate of Char Kway Teow worthy of all the calories!

An overall decent plate of fried hokkien prawn mee if you’re in the area. The style here is the wet type; broth/stock is thick and quite flavourful, but leans more towards pork-forward than seafood-forward. The squid is really tasty though, tender and not overcooked. Quite like the sambal chili too – solid with a punch!

📍Gim Chew Fried Hokkien Noodle
#01-50, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre (208B New Upper Changi Rd)

Located in a coffeeshop along Upper Boon Keng Road (just a few minutes walk from Kallang Mrt) is Pratunam 水門, a food stall that serves a range of Thai street food like Pig’s Trotters Rice, Thai Style Kway Chap and more!

We tried a few of their dishes and my favourite was the Pig’s Trotters Rice! The pig’s trotters was braised really well, and the meat was tender and full of collagen too! The portion was also really generous, which made this a really value for money dish!

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Finally checked this off my to try list after seeing so many positive reviews online, and it certainly did not disappoint! The silky hor fun (flat rice noodles), coated in a rich and umami gravy, was thoroughly infused with wok-hei, while the raw egg also added a smooth finish to the overall taste once mixed in! Wanted to try the Baby Octopus in Soy Sauce (another one that’s highly recommended online) too, but it was sold out already that day. Will definitely return again to try!

Finally tried the wanton mee from this relatively new wanton mee stall at Golden Mile Hawker Centre after seeing so many positive reviews on it.

Verdict: I really enjoyed my plate of wanton mee! Everyone has been raving about the char siew here and I gotta agree with the reviews as their char siew is really yummy! Nicely caramelised and charred, the char siew slices had a nice mix of lean and fatty! I liked the noodles too, which had a nice firm bite and the broth / sauce was very savoury. Wantons were well-stuffed and tasted pretty decent too. Will I be back again? Definitely!

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The competition for Lok Lok in Singapore is definitely heating up, with more and more Lok Lok stalls popping up all over the island. Here’s featuring StickTogether Lok Lok, one of the better Lok Lok places I’ve tried so far.

What I feel sets them apart from the others are their premium ingredients and also their choice of homemade sauces! They offer premium ingredients like Crispy Abalone w/ Ebiko, Quail Egg Wanton, Pacific King Prawn, Shishamo, Cripsy Beancurd Skin, Bak Kwa Coins etc, and all are seasoned & fried really well without being too greasy. Their sauces are really good too, with unique choices like Wasabee, Tom Yum Mayo and 老干妈 Mayo! I also had a chance to speak with the owner Sam, and through our conversation I could tell he’s really passionate about his craft and is constantly thinking of new ideas for his Lok Lok! I’d definitely be back again to support his Lok Lok stall!

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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.

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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!

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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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