Flying off to Singapore next? The Lion City is a great place to be if you love to shop and, more importantly, dine. Because it’s a melting pot of various cultures, you’ll find a wide array of food choices stemming from different cuisines here. It’s not very difficult to find a great place to dine in SG — hawker centres and other places that offer cheap eats can be found throughout the city. Not sure how to take your pick amongst all these delectable options? Read on to find wallet-friendly foodie spots in SG that are worth your visit.
One of the oldest and largest hawker centres in the island, Old Airport Road Food Centre is a must-visit for those looking to have local favourites all in one place. The place has served authentic and delicious local food to generations of Singaporeans, making it one of the most popular places to have sumptuous meals that won’t break your bank. A warm bowl of the signature prawn from Albert Street Prawn Noodles stall is a definite must-try, and so are Cantonese-style rice noodle rolls from Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun.
Old Airport Road Food Centre
After satisfying your sartorial needs from the malls and shops around Orchard MRT, satisfy your foodie cravings by stopping over New Station Snack Bar in Far East Plaza. The small eatery is the perfect foodie spot for wallet-friendly Chinese food. Pick from their huge menu of savoury dishes and sides fit for a solo eater or big groups. New Station Snack Bar's star is their Salted Eggs Pork Ribs Rice. The first bite into the tender pork ribs drenched in rich, egg yolk sauce is a something you’ll never forget.
New Station Snack Bar
Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre is relatively new; it opened only in 2014 to replace the smaller and older hawker centre in the area built back in 1979. Despite this, you’ll still find authentic local dishes here, as most of the stalls today are from the older centre. Most of the offerings from these long-standing stalls have become favourite comfort food for many locals living around the area. If you ever find yourself here, try out the crowd-favourite chicken dishes from Pin Xiang Hainanese Chicken Rice. The slightly crisp skin of their savoury roasted chicken is worth waiting in line for.
Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre
If affordable Malay fare is what you’re searching for, head straight to Istimewa Nasi Padang. This small Halal-certified foodie spot in SG was started by a husband-and-wife team back in 1989 and has been offering Malay home-style cooking to locals since. They’re famous for their nasi padang, a mountain of steamed white rice surrounded by numerous mouth-watering dishes — perfect if you want a taste of everything in a single bite! For those who’d prefer slurping thin vermicelli noodles, a bowl of their mee siam would be a great choice, too.
Istimewa Nasi Padang
Those hopping off to the Serangoon Area can skip the tightly packed crowd at the more well-known Chomp Chomp Food Centre by dining at the nearby Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre instead. This hawker centre is arguably one of the more underrated ones in Singapore, with many beloved stalls you shouldn’t miss. Among the must-haves are the Sang Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodles and Garden Street Kway Chap’s dishes. Take your tastebuds out on a joyride by having these and more.
Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre
Last but not least is this foodie spot tucked away in Little India. Those craving for Indian food can fill their tummies to their hearts’ content in Samayal by 6ixers. They used to be a catering company but has since started serving their beloved dishes in-house a year ago. Samayal by 6ixers offers set meals that are quite finger-licking good. Simply served on banana leaves, the flavourful combination of their rice, curry, and other vegetable and meat side dishes will blow your mind.