Kick-Ass Cheap Eats that Put Restaurants to Shame


cheap food

It’s funny how our minds trick us into overpaying for stuff all the time. The explosion of food options over the last few years has even the most insatiable Singaporean spoilt for choices. But for every mouth-watering Instagram-worthy dish, I found myself having to endure a handful of its less than desirable counterparts. I soon myself making a list of all the hawker delicacies I could have eaten with the amount I just splurged on the insert-overpriced-dish with the fancy name

So the next time before you head out to a restaurant, why not check out these wallet friendly options that your stomach will also thank you for?

1. Chops

Often treated as the inferior cousins of the menu hogging steak, a decent pork or chicken chop is a pretty tough find in many restaurants. But who needs those restaurants anyway? At less than half the price, pig out (pun intended) to your heart’s content at these no-frills stalls!


Stall Food  Address & Opening Hours
Apollo Western Food Fish and chips: $4.40
splurge Angus beef ribeye steak (200g): $12
Hainanese Village Centre
Blk 105 Hougang Ave 1
Spore 530105
Big Bern’s American Grill Cajun chicken with melted mozzarella cheese: $9.90
Fish and chips: $7.90
978 Toa Payoh North
Spore 319001

11.30 am to 9pm, Mon to Thu
11.30am to 3pm, 5pm to 9pm, Fri to Sun

The Carving Board Rosemary chicken chop: $7.50
splurge Grilled beef cheeseburger: $11
Blk 252 Jurong East St 24
Spore 600252

5pm to 10.30pm
Closed on Mon

Tokyo Western Food top pick Pork chop: $6
Chicken chop: $6
Blk 823A Tampines St 81
Spore 521823

8am to 8pm, daily

Western Barbeque Chicken chop: $6 #01-53
Old Airport Road Market and Food Centre
Blk 51 Old Airport Road
Spore 390051

Tel: 6440 8934

11am to 8pm, daily

Wow Wow West Chicken cutlet: $6
Chicken chop: $6
Pork chop: $6
Fish and chip: $6
Steak: $7
ABC Brickworks Food Centre
6 Jalan Bukit Merah
Spore 150006

11am to 8.30pm, Tue to Sat

Ye Lai Xiang Taste Barbeque Western Food Chicken Chop: $7 #01-94
Maxwell Food Centre
1 Kadayanallur St
Spore 069184

6pm to 10pm
Closed on Sat & Sun


Ham Bao Bao

*They don’t sell chops but their burgers are DA BOMB (and cheap!!).

top pick Dory fish burger: $5
Beef burger: $4.50
Pork burger: $4.50 – $5
Add-on fries: $1
Beauty World Centre
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Spore 588177

Tel: 9667 5254

12pm to 8pm
Closed on Mon

2. Dim Sum and Xiao Long Bao

Small, but deadly – on the wallet that is. Dim sum is rarely easy on the pocket, but no reason to folk out even more for tax and service charge when you can satisfy your cravings here!

dim sum.jpg

Stall Food  Address & Opening Hours
Hong Ho Phang Hong Kong Tim Sum top pick Mini char siew bao: $0.80
Char siew chee cheong fan: $1.40/ roll
Siew mai (basket of 3): $1.80
Lor mai kai: $1.40
3 Telok Kurau Road
Spore 423757

Tel: 6348 7886

7.30am to 4pm
Closed on Mon

Kow Loon Hong Kong Dim Sum Liu sha bao (basket of 3): $3.80
Egg tart (4 pieces): $3.80
Siew mai (basket of 4): $3
Char siew bao (basket of 2): $1.80
151 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
Spore 560151

Tel: 9685 9371

7am to 9pm, daily

Mongkok Dim Sum Char siew bao (basket of 3): $3
Fried carrot cake (3 pieces): $3
Char siew chee cheong fan: $3.20
Har gao (basket of 4): $3.20
214 Geylang Road
Spore 389274

Tel: 6841 5133

4pm to 5am, Mon to Fri
10am to 5am, Sat & Sun

Rong Xing Noodles and Xiao Long Bao Xiao long bao (basket of 8): $4.50
Guo tie (10 pieces): $5
Redhill Market & Food Centre
85 Redhill Lane
Spore 150081

12pm to 2pm, 5pm to 9pm
Closed on Tue

Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao Xiao long bao (basket of 7): $4
Guo tie (10 pieces): $5
Alexandra Village Food Centre
Blk 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
Spore 150120

11.30am to 8.30pm
Closed on Mon

Yi Dian Xin Hong Kong Dim Sum Steamed carrot cake: $2.20
Siew mai (basket of 3): $2.80
Char siew pau: $1
Liu sha bao (basket of 3): $3.30
Teo Seng Eating House
1012 Upper Serangoon Road
Spore 534750

Tel: 9168 5587

7am to 6pm, daily
Closed alternate Tue

3. Pasta

Did you know that there are more than 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide? Did you also know that cheap pasta is not a myth?


Stall Food  Address & Opening Hours
Ah Bong’s Italian Mac & Cheese: $6
Birthday Pasta: $6
Pasta with Fresh Pesto: $7
Fresh Pappardelle Pork Genovese: $9
56 Eng Hoon Street
Spore 160056

Tel: 9650 6194

10am to 2.30pm

Creation top pick Salmon Alfredo Pasta: $12.90
Various pasta set lunches: $10.90 to $12.90 (set lunches comes with soup and a drink, valid for weekday lunches)
Shaw Tower
100 Beach Road
Spore 189702

Tel: 6291 8308

12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 9pm, Mon to Thu, Sun
12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 9.30pm, Fri & Sat

Pasta Manna Various pasta: $3.70 to $7.70 #01-81
Old Airport Road Food Centre
51 Old Airport Road
Spore 390051

12.30pm to 2pm, 5.30pm to 9pm
Closed on Mon



Various pasta: $3.90 to $8.90
Oven-Grilled Escargots – $5.90
Chicken Wings (4 pieces): $3.95
Foccacia with Garlic Butter -$2.00
Liang Court Shopping Centre
177 River Valley Road
Spore 179030

Tel: 6337 9001

*Other outlets at various locations

Saveur Saveur’s Pasta (starter portion): $4.90
splurge Duck Confit: $13.90
Talib Court
5 Purvis Street
Spore 188584

Tel: 6333 3121

12pm to 2.15pm, 6pm to 9.15pm, daily

*Another outlet at Far East Plaza

4. Roasted Meat

I once ate some Crackling Roast Pork and Honey Barbecue Pork at Keith’s Crackling Roast before coming to the realisation that I had just spent more than $15 on what was effectively a plate of 烧肉叉烧饭 (roasted pork and char siew rice). Though I got to admit the Crackling Roast Pork did have the crispest skin I ever sank my teeth into, the roast meat at these stalls can easily give them a run for their money!

roast meat.jpg

Stall Food  Address & Opening Hours
Alex’s Eating House Roasted pork rice: $3.50
Roasted duck rice: $3.50
Char siew rice: $3.50
Chye Sing Building
87 Beach Road
Spore 189695

Tel: 6334 0268

9am to 6pm, daily

New Rong Liang Ge Cantonese Roast Duck & Double Boiled Soup


Roasted duck rice: $3
Roasted pork rice: $2.50
Char siew rice: $2.50
269B Queen St
Spore 182269

Tel: 9451 9669

Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Noodle top pick Wanton noodle with “bu jian tian” char siew: $5 #02-30
Tiong Bahru Market
83 Seng Poh Road
Spore 168898

10.30am to 3pm
Closed on Fri

5. Sashimi

Aren’t there just days you wish you could order an entire sashimi steak instead of sashimi slices? Head over to these places to turn that fantasy into reality!


Stall Food  Address & Opening Hours
Nihon Mura Express $1.60 per plate Outlets at various locations
Standing Sushi Bar at 8Q Salmon Sashimi (5 slices): $3 (all day on Mon and Thu)
50% off nigiri sushi and sashimi (all day on Tue)
50% off specialty sushi rolls (all day on Wed)*Only at Singapore Art Museum outlet
Singapore Art Museum
8 Queen Street
Spore  188535

Tel: 6333 1335

12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm, weekdays
12pm to 10.30pm, weekends

*Other outlets at various locations

Sushi Express $1.50 per plate Outlets at various locations
Sushi Take-out $0.50 each #01-30
Woodlands Xchange
30 Woodlands Ave 2
Spore 738343

Tel: 6366 1042

10am to 10pm, daily

Sushi bar at Isetan Scotts Discount on sushi after 8pm #03-00
Shaw House
350 Orchard Road
Spore 238868

Tel: 6733 1111

11am to 9.30pm

Sushi bar at Takashimaya’s Cold Storage Discount on sushi after 8pm on weekdays #B2-01-1
Ngee Ann City
391A Orchard Road
Spore 238872

Tel: 6735 1266

10am to 9.30pm

*Discounts also available at other Cold Storage outlets with sushi bars

Got your own list of cheap eats that can kick some restaurant butt? Share in the comments below!


About DownloadADate

Kia is a Singaporean who likes to make lists and plans. She sees her weekends as sacred pockets of time that should be used for more than just movies and food. She enjoys cuddling up with a book as much as exploring new places by foot in the insane Singapore humidity. Listening to her friends who lament that there’s “nothing to do in Singapore” and fly all over the world for holidays, Kia seeks to look for escapades closer to home. She found that even in such a tiny country, there are many places she hasn’t been, things she hasn’t tried, and old places are being revamped into new ones all the time. Soon, she saw the places around her like how tourists would see them, but better – fresh and yet familiar. Kia then sets out to plan itineraries for her weekend escapes and it became a habit she enjoyed. And now she wants to share them with you. After all, there are 52 weekends in year and only so many holidays you can take. What if you can turn your dates with family and friends into holidays every week? Check out her adventures at

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