On a budget in Singapore? No worries!
Singapore is well-known for being one of the top countries to visit. Tourists from all over the world flock into this tiny island city-state for numerous reasons. Perhaps maybe they are scrambling to grab hold onto the last few pieces of branded goods during the Great Singapore Sale. Or maybe they have reserved seats to watch the F1 night race at Marina Bay. Or probably they are just here to try their luck at the Marina Bay Sands Casino. Nevertheless, what about all those travellers who are on a budget? Do they get to enjoy Singapore as much as those who are well off? Well absolutely! Singapore is also known for being a food haven. The best part about this is that – It’s cheap! Let’s look at Singapore’s 3 must-try dishes which will cost you no more than S$5 and will make you say “Wah sibei shiok eh!” (Roughly translates to “Wow that was awesome!”)
Singapore’s 3 must-try dishes:
Well-loved by Singaporeans, Nasi Lemak (see photo above) is fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. Usually served with fried anchovies, sambal belacan, toasted peanuts and cucumber, this Malay dish is a must-try for tourists. Ask any local where to get the best Nasi Lemak and I can guarantee you confirm plus chop (Meaning: I’m entirely convinced that…) that they will tell you to try ‘Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak’. Yes, it is really that POWER!
Where to find?
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
#01-06, Boon Lay Place Market and Food Centre,
221 Boon Lay Place, Singapore 641221
Daily: 5 pm – 2 am
Hokkien Mee is a Singaporean dish which originates from China’s Fujian Province. There are a few variations of Hokkien Mee. This one, in particular, is served dry and has a hint of “wok hei” smell (imparted by the wok when stir-frying). The serving may be small and probably won’t fill a starving man’s stomach, but it is dirt cheap. You can probably get another serving and still have a few spare coins to get yourself a nice, hot Teh Tarik. You can find this at Beach Road’s Golden Mile Food Centre, which is nearby Bugis.
Where to find?
Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
#B1-34, Golden Mile Food Centre,
505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Thursday – Tuesday: 11 am – 2 pm
Thursday – Tuesday: 3 pm – 9 pm
A traditional South Indian staple food, you can watch the chef stretch and flip the dough till it is golden brown in colour, ready to serve. The best Roti Prata that I know of is at Crane Road. Called as ‘Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata’, this stall serves really sedap (Meaning: “delicious”) Roti Pratas. It is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Their mutton curry is also fantastic. Besides, one plain Roti Prata will only cost you a mere $0.80. What else can you ask for?
Where to find?
Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata
7 Crane Road,
Poh Ho Restaurant, Singapore 429356
Wednesday – Sunday: 8.30 am-1.30 pm
Monday & Tuesday: Closed