Cheap and good eats in Singapore

By inSing Editor
9 September 2013 11:21 AM Updated 18 Sep 2013

Photo: Celine Asril

While we do enjoy the occassional fine dining meal, it is the affordable, well-made plate of food that does the trick for us on regular days. Singapore's hottest new restaurants and bars aside, we have a permanent soft spot for great food that is easily accessible at wallet-friendly prices. 

With the increasing standard of living on this island, it is comforting to know that a good meal can still be had for no more than a few dollars. We round-up the city's best affordable eats: from Japanese and Thai restaurants to the city's most celebrated hawkers, we present a list of where you can get a good meal without busting the budget:

5 best cheap and good Thai restaurants
Delicious, affordable Thai eateries in all corners of Singapore

Singapore's hawker heroes
Singapore voted from among these 12 hawker heroes to choose three that participated in a cook-off against celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay


Jalan Besar

Food guide: Jalan Besar
Boutique eateries have sprung up, but it’s the time-honoured traditional hawker eats that draws us to Jalan Besar

Geylang Serai

Food guide: Geylang Serai
Rewind to Singapore 20 years ago at this teeming enclave of authentic Malay eats – starting with these eight, top local stalls


Best affordable Japanese restaurants
Dependable Japanese eats that will not burn a hole in your pocket

5 best affordable biryanis
Singapore’s top chicken, mutton and vegetarian biryanis - from the most fiery, to a recipe that was perfected over 20 years


Hawker breakfast

10 typical hawker breakfasts
Singapore's hawker centres have plenty of cheap and good choices for the first meal of the day. We rose to get to a few stops, including Chinatown Complex Food Centre, before clocking in at work

Food guide: Chong Pang Food Centre
Cheap and good hawker food in Yishun and Sembawang


What to eat for $2.50 and under
What good, filling dishes can you get for $2.50 and under these days in Singapore? We worked our way around the island and found that eating well for cheap is still very possible

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