Despite its size, Singapore is a city large in food variety with numerous restaurants and food stalls to choose from. Singapore’s food variety is largely attributable to it being one of the melting pots of Asia with plenty of cultures mingling due to it being the busiest port in the world. For anyone looking to go on a food trip, Singapore is an excellent place to do so. However, a constraint to most trips is usually the budget. Adding the fact that Singapore is also an expensive city to live in makes it more difficult to binge for those who are on a budget. So, instead of listing down the best restaurants in Singapore, we’ve listed down the best food stalls because they tend to be a lot less expensive than restaurants.
Fu Ming Shu Shi (Redhill Lane Food Centre)
The best dish to eat here is the Singaporean version of a carrot cake or chai tow kueh. However, it isn’t actually made out of carrots nor is it a cake. It is actually made out of radish and is considered to be dimsum. They have two varieties in Fu Ming Shu Shi. The black variety is fried with thick soy sauce until caramelized while the white variety uses lighter soy sauce. Both varieties are fried with plenty of garlic and with scrambled eggs. The food here is typically under S$6, which makes it a bang for the buck.
Heng Heng (107 Owen Road)
This stall specializes in what the Singaporeans and the Malaysians call bak kut teh. Bah kut teh is meat bone tea in English. Despite the name, there is actually no tea in the dish. They only call it such because it is traditionally served with oolong tea, which is believed to dissolve the large amount of fat in bah kut teh. Heng Heng can serve you the dish for an amount less than S$5.
Xiu Ji (335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex Market)
You have to eat the yong tau fu in Xiu Ji. Yong tau fu is a dish consisting mainly of tofu that is stuffed with meat and served with vegetables. Xiu Ji can also serve it with fish balls and fish cake. Their version is served with noodles and a ginger dipping sauce all for a price under S$7.
Loo’s (71 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru)
Hainanese curry rice is often considered as one of Singapore’s national dishes and one of the best and cheapest places to get it is in Loo’s. Loo’s serves their version with octopus, braised pork, and fried eggs among others all for a price less than S$5. The thick and sticky curry sauce on top of the dish makes it more flavorful a meal.