In Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s recent speech during the National Day Rally 2018, one of the pledges the government made was to build more hawker centres with cheap food. PM Lee specifically said that the meals at these new hawker centres would be S$3 and below.
Though not all hawker stalls at all hawkers centres in Singapore have meals for under S$3, there are a rare few that do.
So if you’re looking where to get cheap food in Singapore for less than S$2 and you’re on the hunt to find hawker centres with cheap food, here’s where you can go.
Hawker centres with cheap food
1. Bukit Merah – Pan fried chee cheong fun with cheese (S$1.50)
At a hawker centre in Bukit Merah, hawker stall Fun Fan sells chee cheong fun from as low as S$1.50. Its cheese chee cheong fun goes for S$1.50. For the classic chee cheong fun, it’s only S$1.60! But if you want to try their other variants, Japanese curry goes for S$2.50 and pulled pork for S$2.50. Still very affordable, and below PM Lee’s S$3 budget.
2. Mei Ling Hawker Centre – Fluffy souffle pancakes (S$1.50)
The stall’s name is Sweet Rex and each pancake goes for S$1.50 (or S$3 for a set of two). The pancakes are made on the spot, then coated in chocolate, caramel, or strawberry sauce. This may not make for an entire meal, but it sure is an affordable midday snack!
3. Ang Mo Kio Thai Fusion Wanton Mee – Fried chicken wings (S$1.40)
If you’re craving for fried chicken wings, then this popular Thai wanton noodle stall sells them as a finger-licking good side dish. The chicken wings are generously coated with turmeric and marinated overnight, before being fried to juicy goodness. Many customers who have been to this stall praise the wanton noodles on their Facebook page, often leaving 5-star reviews.
4. Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre 63 Laksa – Laksa (S$2)
Can you imagine a bowl of laksa for only S$2? We’re not even kidding! 63 Laksa serves up a hearty bowl of laksa, brimming with its delicious broth, cockles, fish cake, bean sprouts and noodles. For a cheap side dish, you can enjoy their freshly grilled otah for only S$1.20.
5. Tampines Street 81 – 820 Hainan Chicken Rice (S$1.50)
Chicken rice is a classic Singaporean dish that is loved by all. Though we may spend a lot of time debating where we can find the best chicken rice, not many can argue that this is the CHEAPEST chicken rice in Singapore, with every plate only going for S$1.50.
6. South Bridge Road – Frenzlink Cafeteria Noodles (S$2)
Whenever we think of cheap eats, we don’t necessarily think that we’re going to get much out of the meal. But when it comes to Frenzlink Cafeteria, you can be sure you are getting way more than your money’s worth. You can choose from 8 different kinds of noodles, like Wanton Mee, Bak Chor Mee, Mee Rebus, Mee Siam, Lor Mee, Prawn Mee, Fishball Noodles or Laksa. And they’re all selling for only S$2!
7. Mei Ling Market & Food Centre – Jia Wei Nasi Lemak (S$2)
The only real downside to cheap eats is that you will expect to be part of a long queue to get your meal. Jia Wei Nasi Lemak sells their meals for only S$2. With that price, you can get a plate of rice, a piece of chicken wing and even an egg!
8. Hong Lim Food Centre and Market – VI Economical Mixed Rice (S$2)
For some reason, whenever we go for chai fan we end up paying close to S$4 for a meal. But at VI Economical Mixed Rice at Hong Lim Food Centre and Market, they really stay true to their name. You can expect an economical meal here for only S$2 and you will get 3 dishes with rice. Good deal, right?
9. Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre – Woo Ji Cooked Food’s Prawn Noodles (S$2)
Trying to find cheap eats so close to the central business district is almost as challenging as finding a needle in a haystack. But at Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, you can head straight to the Woo Ji Cooked Food stall to get a delicious bowl of prawn noodles for only S$2!
10. Redhill Food Centre – Yan Fried Bee Hoon (S$1.80)
This food stall is famous. So famous that our PM queues up to have a meal here. You can get a plate of their fried bee hoon for only S$0.60 and add on a piece of chicken wing for an additional S$1.20, making the total only S$1.80!
11. Pek Kio Food Centre – Good Spice Carrot Cake (S$1.50)
Normally, fried carrot cake sells for about S$2 to S$2.50 per dish, which is already very affordable. But you can find an even cheaper option at Pek Kio Food Centre, where a hawker centre sells its carrot cake dishes for only S$1.50.
12. Maxwell Road Food Centre – RickShaw Noodle (S$1)
The cheapest dish on our list is found in Maxwell Road Food Centre, which is a great spot for food in general. But who knew you could get a bowl of noodles for only S$1 here?! What a steal! You could even have two bowls on one of those days you are feeling generous with yourself.
13. ABC Brickworks Food Centre – Fu Yuan Shu Shi Vegetarian Food (S$2)
If you’re a vegetarian then you will have to bookmark this. You can get your vegetarian lunch fix at ABC Brickworks Food Centre with a plate of noodles and side dishes for only S$2.
14. Tanglin Halt – Original Peanut Pancake (S$1.60)
It’s not exactly a meal, but it is a popular snack amongst Singaporeans. Why not grab a couple of peanut pancakes from Tanglin Halt for only S$1.60? Cheap, good and fast – who says you can’t have it all?
15. Tiong Bahru Market – Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow (S$2)
Tiong Bahru Market is a popular lunch spot for people who work around the area. It has many stalls selling cheap eats, but not quite as cheap and delicious as the Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow which sells for only S$2. The stall has been here for over two decades now, so you know your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Which of these hawker centres with cheap food have you tried? Let us know in the comments.
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