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Where to eat: 10 best cheap Thai hawker stalls in SG for a thai-rrific time

Last Updated: October 11, 2021

Written by Amanda Ng

Mmm, Thai food. The spice, the aroma, and of course, the very attractive affordability of Thai street food are what make it simply irresistible. Short of travelling to Thailand, it’s not easy to find value-for-money yet super authentic Thai food in Singapore. One way around it? Thai hawker stalls.

Let’s face it: the essence of Thai food often screams cheap, street, and heat. And since most of us aren’t getting out of our prolonged cabin fever anytime soon, here’s a list of 10 cheap Thai hawker stalls in Singapore for a thai-rrific time. Accessible, appetizing, affordable—it really doesn’t get any better than this.

1. Bangkok Express

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Bangkok Express Shopfront

Newton Food Centre has continued to be a favourite among tourists and locals alike. As the only Thai hawker stall here, Bangkok Express has big shoes to fill. And you can bet this Singapore Best Foods Award-winning stall delivers.

Bangkok Express - Garlic Chicken Set

The fan-favourite Garlic Chicken Set (S$5) comes with a generous portion of chicken and is topped with a beautiful fried egg and fresh cucumber slices. Not only was the chicken succulent, but the garlic sauce was also really sweet and aromatic. So simple, yet so delicious.

Given the affordable prices for the delicious sets, it’s no wonder that Bangkok Express has a loyal group of regulars. One to save when you’re in Newton.

500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Newton Food Centre, #01-04, Singapore 229495
Mon – Sat: 12pm – 9.30pm
Closed on Sun

2. Bangkok Thai Food

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Bangkok Thai Food Shopfront

Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre is a treasure trove of many impressive hawker stalls, including Bangkok Thai Food. With some of the cheapest yet tastiest Thai grub you can find in Singapore, this is one not to miss.

Bangkok Thai Food Pad Thai

If you do drop by, opt for Bangkok Thai Food’s Fried Kway Teow (S$4). The noodles had a good bite to them and enjoyable notes of sweetness. Plus, it wasn’t too rich for wok-fried food. Definitely worth a try.

So if you aren’t keen on enduring the long queues of the more popular stalls at Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, you might like to give Bangkok Thai Food a shot. Savour comforting Thai delights without having to break the bank.

335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex, #02-117, Singapore 050335
Daily: 10am – 8pm

3. Im Thai

Can’t make it for a trip to the Land of Smiles? Never fear, Im Thai Kitchen at Tampines Hub Hawker Centre is here for all your Thai food cravings.

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Im Thai Kitchen Shopfront

Run by a Thai immigrant, Ms Car Toon (yup, that’s her real name), you can be sure the Thai food here is legit.

Behold, Im Thai Kitchen’s pièce de résistance, the Steamed Sea Bass (S$24). This beauty was prepared with a blanket of glorious chilli, coriander, lime, and garlic. Given that I’m not a huge seafood lover, to begin with, this dignified dish was simply fab.

Im Thai Kitchen - Steamed Seabass

To ensure the freshness and quality of this dish, you have to order this dish one day in advance. That also means that this fish is as fresh as you can get. It comes in quite a substantial portion, so I do recommend sharing.

Yet another win for the Easties! If you want excellent Thai food without burning a hole in your wallet, Im Thai Kitchen is one to visit.

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4. Nimman Soi 9

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Nimman Soi 9 Shopfront

Ex-owner and chef, Jane Pamakham, of now-defunct Jane Thai at Orchard Towers is back to serve you mouth-watering authentic Thai delights at Nimman Soi 9. This time, within a bustling eating house in Tampines.

Nimman Soi 9 - Prawn Cake

One of my favourite dishes to get here, be it dining-in or takeaway, has to be their Prawn Cake (S$10). Unlike the traditional pan-fried prawn fishcake, Nimman Soi 9 serves theirs like a savoury doughnut, crumbed and deep-fried. Plus, at four rings for its price point, it was a good portion to share with a family of five.

For East-dwellers like myself, the hunt for authentic Thai food at Nimman Soi 9 is well worth the effort. 

201 Tampines Street 21, 21 Street Eating Place, Singapore 524201
+65 8569 2482
Daily: 10am – 8.30pm
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5. Northern Thai

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Northern Thai Shopfront

Heard of Northern Thai at Berseh Food Centre? With only tom yum on the menu, you know it’s got to be good. In fact, it’s so well-known and loved, it has arguably the best tom yum in Singapore.

Started by Uncle Ben and his wife, Northern Thai has been in business for almost two decades. Their hot-selling Northern Thai Tom Yum (S$4.50) may look a little different from the usual clear tom yum soups you might be more familiar with. That’s because Northern Thai follows the traditional Chiang Rai style with a thicker, tomato-based broth.

Northern Thai - Thai Tom Yum

The soup was a balanced mix of sweet and sour with a bit of creaminess which thoroughly impressed me. For fans of spicy tom yum—good news! This bowl really packed on the heat, so do have a tissue pack on standby! 

As if the rich tom yum soup wasn’t enough of a flavour explosion, Uncle Ben tops the spectacular dish with some tasty, crispy fried fish. Consider me sold. 

166 Jalan Besar, Berseh Food Centre, #01-25, Singapore 208877
+65 9851 6386
Tue – Sat: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Closed Sun & Mon
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6. SAP Thai Food

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Sap Thai Food Shopfront

Good food, good price, good service. SAP Thai Food at Amoy Street Food Centre is as straightforward as they can be, and certainly live up to it.

Sap Thai Food - Thai Chicken Mama Noodles

Now, things are a little different here. Instead of your usual suspects, pad thai or green curry, the speciality dish here at SAP’s is actually the Thai Chicken Mama Noodles (S$5). The classic combination of Thai basil chicken was elevated with delicious Thai instant noodles. A simple yet sinful dish that is definitely its best-kept secret (but not for long now)! 

For spice lovers, you can even challenge yourself to the Extra Spicy level for what is certain to bring on the rain with the extreme heat. 

7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre, #01-58, Singapore 069111
+65 9722 1235
Mon to Fri: 10am – 9pm
Closed Sat & Sun
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7. Sisaket Thai Food

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Sisaket Thai Food Shopfront

Easily overshadowed by other more famous food stalls at Maxwell Food Centre, you might miss out on Sisaket Thai Food. Fret not, for its expansive menu with low prices definitely makes this hidden gem of a Thai hawker stall worth a visit.

Sisaket Thai Food - Pad Thai

To kick things off, Sisaket’s Pad Thai (S$4) is a must-try! While pad thai is a dime a dozen, Sisaket’s rendition is an absolute standout. The slightly moist noodles also have a nice bouncy texture that’s perfect for soaking up the sweet and tangy flavours. The touch of calamansi helped to balance the flavours, adding a tangy taste.

Thai hawker stalls are aplenty but this probably ranks top three on the list.

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8. Soi 19

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Soi 19 Shopfront

From Chinese to Malaysian, wanton mee has variations galore. But what about a Thai rendition? Brace yourself for some delectable Thai wanton mee served up by Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee.

What makes Soi 19’s Thai Wanton Mee (S$4) so special is its nudity. Yes, you heard it right. This wanton noodles bares it all, devoid of any black or brown sauce, or even sambal!

Soi 19 - Wanton Mee

For those who are insistent on having sauce, Soi 19 does serve up a ‘black’ version with black sauce at no additional cost. This tasty Thai wanton mee will have you licking your lips and coming back for more.

Definitely, one of the best Thai wanton mee you can find at a hawker centre without having to go to Bangkok.

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9. Taste of Thailand

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Taste Of Thailand Shopfront

Located in The Canteen at Midview City in Sin Ming, Taste Of Thailand is one of my best-kept secrets for Thai hawker food in Singapore. Like most zi char stalls with a range of food items, this eatery serves up a selection of Thai-inspired dishes.

Of the stellar range we were served, showstoppers of the meal had to be Pineapple Rice (S$5 for small, S$9 for medium, S$13 for large), and Thai Style Fried Kway Teow (S$5 for small, S$9 for medium, S$13 for large).

Taste Of Thailand - Variety of dishes

The latter is their unique take on the classic pad thai, which is served with lots of zhup (gravy). Chef-owner Mr Ang explained that his customers at Sin Ming actually preferred it cooked this way. He has stuck to this way of cooking ever since, and this one-of-a-kind pad thai is now his speciality.

While its location is not quite convenient if you don’t head there by car, it’s one affordable Thai hawker stall worth a visit if you’re in the area.

18 Sin Ming Lane, Stall 12 Canteen, Midview City, Singapore 573960
+65 6262 0626
Daily: 11.30am – 2pm & 5.30pm – 9.30pm
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10. Thaksin Beef Noodle

Cheap Thai Hawkers - Thaksin Beef Noodle Shopfront

Last but not least, Thaksin Beef Noodle. The halal-certified Thai hawker stall serves up some pretty authentic Thai noodles to satisfy your Thai food cravings.

Thaksin Beef Noodle - Beef Noodles

The signature dish is none other than the Beef Noodle Soup (S$5). Choose either egg or glass noodles, to savour with its rich and flavourful broth—guaranteed to have you slurping it up fervently.

Dig into the myriad of delicious morsels within the bowl, including beef cubes and beef tripe. If you adore non-spicy Thai dishes as such, this is the perfect retreat.

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