Crowned as one of the most expensive cities in the world, Singapore can be quite taxing on your wallet when you’re searching for quality food. Not to mention, the hunt for these affordable dishes in Singapore’s scorching, sticky weather can work up quite a sweat. But thankfully, we have just the remedy for both of these quandaries.
We have compiled a list of places that serve quality food at $10 and less**, that is best complemented with a fizzy, ice-cold can of Coca-Cola. You can thank us later, when your belly (and bank account) is happy and you’ve gotten your respite from the treacherous Singapore heat.
1. Fish Tales
It can get quite difficult to find good food at affordable prices in the heart of Orchard, but Fish Tales is a hidden gem not many know about. You can get perfectly fried Fish & Chips here starting at only $8.90 with fries and coleslaw as sides. Spice lovers who love a lil’ heat will also be happy to know that they have a Fiery Sambal ($9.90) variation on the menu – have your glass of Coca-Cola handy if you need to douse the flames!
2. Lad And Dad
Thick and hearty, this Beef Stew ($8) is filled with generous chunks of beef — think tender strips of beef layered with chunks of fat that melt in your mouth. The rich flavour seeps into the stew, and you’ll find each spoonful as flavourful as the beef chunks. The sweaty setting of Maxwell Food Centre might put you off the sophisticated fare on your table, but it’s nothing no ice-cold can of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar can’t fix. Pair your Beef Stew with the fusilli pasta for a meal that will fill you up!
Lad & Dad: Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street, Stall 79, Singapore 069184 | Tel: +65 9247 7385 | Opening Hours: (Mon – Sat) 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 9.30pm | Facebook
3. Makai Poke
Healthy is the new black. Catering to Singaporeans who are becoming more health-conscious, there has been a surge of shops selling Poké bowls all over the island. While these Hawaiian salad bowls don’t always come cheap, Makai Poke is priced affordably at $9.90 per bowl. Each bowl comes with rice, salad, your choice of poké protein (such as raw fish) as well as toppings. Office ladies and men working in the CBD, you have no excuse not to eat healthily now!
Makai Poke: Tanjong Pagar Centre, 7 Wallich Street, #B1-08, Singapore 078884 | Tel: +65 6386 9313 | Opening Hours: (Mon – Fri) 10.45am – 8.30pm, (Sat & Sun) 11.30am – 3.30pm | Facebook
4. Astons Express
I’m sure Astons need no introduction. The place that Secondary School kids go to for their fix of Western food without breaking the bank, Astons continues to serve up quality Western food without leaving a dent in your wallet. The Chargrilled Chicken ($9.90) is a crowd favourite, where a slab of juicy, grilled chicken is paired with two sides of your choice. And what’s comfort food like this without a bubbly beverage like Coca-Cola, right?
Astons Express: Broadwau Kopitiam, Blk 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Stall 7, Singapore 560721 | Tel: +65 6455 5626 | Opening Hours: (Daily) 11am – 10pm | Website
5. Wanton, Seng’s Noodle Bar
As mod-Sin cuisine continues to rise in Singapore, so do the price tags that come with these revamped hawker food classics. Seng’s Noodle Bar, however, has managed to shake up the quintessential Wanton Mee without sending the price soaring. At just $7, you can snap up their iconic Char Siu Noodle with its signature torched pork belly and boiled wontons. You can even customise the sauces that go in, making the flavours as intense (or subtle) as you like. A tip of ours? Sprinkle some pork lard bits for that extra crunch and hint of saltiness. You’ll be surprised how this delightful bowl of noodles goes so well together with an ice-cold Coca-Cola!
Wanton, Seng’s Noodle Bar: 52 Amoy Street, Singapore 069878 | Tel: +65 6221 1336 | Opening Hours: (Mon-Thurs) 11am – 11pm, (Friday) 11am – 1am, (Saturday) 5pm – 1am, (Closed on Sunday) | Website | Facebook
6. Ivan’s Carbina
Need more protein and carbs in your diet? The Rosti & Chicken Cutlet here at Ivan’s Carbina goes for only $7.80. The shredded potatoes are boiled then fried, to ensure a crispy exterior and a tender interior. The rostis here are of a decent portion size to ensure a hearty meal, and they’re not too greasy so you won’t feel bloated after wolfing them down. Feel free to add on a fried egg and a sausage for bigger eaters.
Ivan’s Carbina: 354A Woodlands Ave 1, Singapore 731354 | Tel: +65 9048 0333 | Opening Hours: (Tue – Sat) 11am – 9pm, (Sun) 8am – 9pm, (Closed on Mondays) | Facebook
7. Salmon Samurai
Can anyone ever say no to fresh sashimi? At least, I know I can’t. Dig into the Salmon Sashimi with Brown Rice ($9.90) that comes with slices of fatty, fresh salmon slices and ikura. Feel free to add on Half Avocado ($1) to get a jump-start on your health routine. If raw fish is not your cup of tea, you can also opt for the Garlic Shoyu Salmon with Brown Rice ($9.90). Want to get rid of the garlicky breath after that? Simply treat yourself to a delicious and refreshing Coca-Cola to cleanse your palate!
8. Knuckles Bistro
Pork schnitzel for only $10? Sign me up! Knuckles Bistro, that is secretly tucked in the neighbourhood of Kovan, serves up a good rendition of a German classic — fried pork schnitzels that also comes with a side of fries. And you know what goes perfectly with fried, sinful nosh, right? Pop open that can of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and get ready to say “ahhh…”.
Knuckles Bistro: Blk 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-33, Singapore 530212 | Opening Hours: (Tue – Sun), 5.30pm – 11pm, (Closed on Mondays)
9. Five Ten
There is nothing like steak that’s perfectly medium-rare with a good sear. The Steak with Egg and Rice, ($10 for lunch only) here at Five Ten is a steal with a generous portion of the topside cut of beef. With ample marbling of fats along with a small scoop of jiggly onsen egg and fluffy rice, this dish is one decadent treat. Savour the last few moments of your lunch hour with a glass of ice-cold fizzy Coca-Cola, to keep you refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your day.
Five Ten: 237 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058786 | Tel: +65 6924 7352 | Opening Hours: (Daily) 10am – 10pm | Facebook
10. Yonehachi Okowa
Last but not least, Yonehachi Okowa — the first and only Japanese restaurant in Singapore that serves up sticky (glutinous) rice along with their meats. The Scallop Okowa Rice Set ($7.80) is filling and chock-full of flavour, with a side of pickles to add a tangy contrast to the heavy glutinous rice. But don’t worry if the heaviness of this meal (literally) weighs you down for your day ahead; perk up with a bubbly can of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and you’ll be right as rain.
Yonehachi Okowa: Takashimaya Food Hall, 391 Orchard Road, #B204-1/2, Singapore 238873 | Tel: +65 6333 8227 | Opening Hours: (Daily) 10am – 9pm | Website
Treat your hot, tired, hungry, and thirsty self to these affordable eats with a refreshing drink like Coca-Cola®, for the experience of a perfect meal!
Has this list gotten you hungry (and thirsty) yet?
*This article is brought to you in partnership with Coca-Cola®, the opinions are of the writer’s own.
**Prices indicated are excluding GST and taxes