Gourmet on a Budget in Singapore

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Love to eat as much as we do? Are you a tight arse like us? We have great news for you! There is plenty of cheap yet delicious food in Singapore and we’re going to tell you where to find it!

Singapore has many hawker centres . These were implemented by the Singapore government as a way to regulate the safety and cleanliness of street food vendors when street food popularity skyrocketed. They can look a little intimidating to a new traveller but they are incredible! There is a rating system used universally across Singapore that ranges from A (the best) to D (the worst). We personally have never seen any stalls rated below a B and we have never had a bad meal. Meals start at $2.50 SGD and the range of food is as diverse as Singapore’s population.

Our favourite hawker centre is the Maxwell Centre. We especially love the gyoza and bbq pork noodle soup. The address is 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184.

Chinatown hawker centre is also amazing. The address is 355 Smith St, Chinatown Complex, Singapore 050335. Whilst you are there make sure you also walk around Chinatown and check out the restaurants and stalls set up in the middle of the street. This makes for a fantastic location for people watching.

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Our absolute best find whilst dining at hawker centres in Singapore was by far PEANUT PANCAKES. These babies are less than $1 SGD each and will give you the ultimate foodgasm! You can find this heavenly creation at Tanglin Halt hawker centre, 48A Tanglin Halt Rd, Singapore, 148813. There is also a stall here that does a delicious dry bbq pork noodle dish. The best part about this hawker centre was it was out in the suburbs so we got to see more Singapore that we probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise, but still easily accessible by MRT.

Our hawker centre tips;

  • if there is a queue the food is good
  • if there is a tissue on the table, its been reserved
  • when you have finished eating, make sure you clean up after yourself by taking your dishes to a cleaning station. There are not attendants at hawker centres to clean up after you, in order to run efficiently, customers are expected to clean up after themselves. This work surprisingly well.
  • quite often you will find small hawker centre stalls in shopping centres, either in the basement or on the top level.

When you find yourself in Singapore next, make sure you go to at least one hawker centre. You won’t regret it! Just be careful when you order…

Passport Escapades fail – Accidentally ordering prawn gyoza when you’re allergic to seafood and spending the next three days hobbling around on a swollen foot.

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Singaporean foodporn is just a passport and a ticket away…

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