Belly Happy Budget Finds

Belly Happy Budget Finds

For gastronomical happiness that won’t break the bank.
Paige Lim
Paige Lim

I got a Masala Thosai [$3.00] and Tea Halia [below$2] and the mix of spices was so aromatic and delightful for me, especially after a long day at work. Imagine whole spices of cinnamon, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and other kinds of spices toasted together with potatoes. How delicious. I loved how generous they were with the masala — I felt satiated after one masala thosai.

The fried wantans [$3.50] are a side dish and they come with a mayo dip which complements the fried wantans very well, as the slight sweetness of the mayo helped to cut through the greasiness of the fried wantans.

On days when I need some spice, I go to Eng’s Char Siew Wantan Mee for some spicy chili. The default size is $4.50 whereas the large version is $5.50. I usually order the normal size (as pictured) and it fills me up just nice. I like the egg-y taste of the noodles but I find it a tad oily at times. It comes with a small bowl of wanton soup as well!

Nicely crisped exterior, with a slight soft centre, yet easily pulled apart — this is how I define a good prata. I was really looking forward to try the crispy prata from Mr and Mrs Mohgan, and I got the plain ones. They were delightful. Hot and crispy, and flaky at some parts. The Assam curry was light but not watered down, and lingers on my tongue too. A good prata curry shouldn’t mask the taste of the prata.

(My friend gave me a coin prata to try and it was slightly sweet with a soft whiff of margarine. Maybe I will try it next time!)

We waited close to an hour for our prata from 11am, and the prata sells out by 12pm on a Saturday afternoon.

The soul was savory and comforting to drink, like a warm hug on your soul after a weary week. The pork ribs were very tender, and the prawns were juicy too! The portion was just right and this was really one of the better prawn noodles I have had in Singapore. I opted for kway teow because I don’t like yellow noodles.

It’s a generous portion for the price. The fish paste tofu was bouncy and fresh too!

The milk here is condensed milk and it tastes like a lovely dessert prata. I love tissue prata because it’s crispy and it’s not too heavy on the palate as well... and this one is also sweet without being too surfeiting!

It’s not exactly a budget find, but ~$2 for such a big piece of quality prata is still a steal in my opinion. This prata house is not famous without a reason. I love that the dough was slightly chewy at its core and crispy on the outside, with the egg rather evenly spread throughout the prata.

I’m so happy to have tried the Michelin recommended wanton noodles at Ols Airport Road Food Centre (Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee). There was a snaking queue on a Saturday morning but I figured that nothing should stop me from getting a bowl of slurp-worthy noodles.

I got the signature wanton mee [pictured: $4, $5]. The noodles were eggy and came with a slightly sweet gravy sauce. The chili sambal complemented the gravy sauce very well. I liked that the wantons were soft and smooth in texture.

Hua Kee also serves a variety of noodles such as Dumpling Noodles, Fried Wanton Noodles, and Chicken Feet Noodles, just to name a few.

This was quite filling for me even though I only had one prata! I loved how crispy it was and I loved the moment when I tore the prata apart and saw one full egg inside. The fish curry wasn’t too spicy and was palatable - it went well with the prata. This is one of my favourite prata places in Singapore and I love having prata in the evening by the roadside!

This was an affordable bowl of yummy-licious goodness. It also came along with a bowl of soup with an egg that was tasty and heartwarming. The mee hoon kuay was al dente and firm to the bite, and the portion was just right for me.

This bears some resemblance to the Yong Xiang Xing Tau Foo at Chinatown Complex Food Centre as the ingredients are pre-selected. I find the soup tasty and I believe it has been simmered for hours with ikan bilis, and I’m glad it didn’t make me glup down water afterwards. The ingredients weren’t mind-blowing but it was a nice kind of comfort for my tummy. I liked that it was affordable and the portion was just right.

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