From now to the end of the year, we will publish an entry weekly, celebrating the best food in Singapore in 2015.
Best Food Under $20 in Singapore gives you delicious, restaurant-quality food under $20, great for students, young working adults, or young families. (Most of the places on the list are about $10, some are in hawker centres but the quality is top-notch.)
#10. The Pasta Stop
The Pasta Stop at the new Ci Yuan Hawker Center is run by the fine-dining Italian restaurant, Ristorante da Valentino, so you know the hawker stall has some standards. Pastas start from $7. Go for the aromatic spicy fried chicken combo ($10) that comes with pasta and protein.
#9. Tai Lei Loi Kei
The Pasta Stop (see #10) and Tai Lei Loi Kei are both in the northwest region of Singapore. GASP! Finally, something decent along the NEL. Tai Lei Loi Kei is a franchise of the famous pork chop buns in Macau. And we have been back twice already. It is a fast-food concept: you order and pay at the counter, and they deliver to you. Expect to pay about $12.
#8. Chicken Legend
Chicken Legend is the first to bring in Shenzhen-style of steamboat using coconut water. It may sound weird, but it is very tasty. Price ranges from $20-$35 for two persons, depending on the set you order.
#7. Masizzim 마시찜
Masizzim is a popular Korean stew restaurant brought in by the same people behind Chir Chir. Stews start from $16 and the meat falls off the bone. But what I would really return for are the rice ball ($8), which makes a quick and nutritious lunch.
Bottura is opened by Luca Bottura whose family has been in the culinary business for 5 generations, so you know there is some standard here. The best thing here is the homemade pastas. Set lunch starts from $14.50+. And a six-plate degustation pasta is only $18+.
#5. Udon Goen
Udon Goen is proof that you can get good food at food court. Although the udon ($9.80) is very tasty, people usually go for the very good value curry rice. $10.90 curry rice can feed 2-3 people. The second time we went, we got the largest curry rice ($19.90), shared among 5 persons. It felt like a buffet!
Garcons, serving French food, is another great example of finding good food at a food court. The 12-hour slow-cooked pork belly ($16.90) is divine, with crackling skin and melt-in-the-mouth fats. Remember to get chicken wings from Two Wings stall when you’re there.
As you probably know, I have been educating myself about hawker food by eating 50 bowls of wanton mee, 50 plates of chicken rice, 50 bowls of bak chor mee, 50 plates of nasi lemak, and 72 pieces of roti prata. Mr and Mrs Mohgan is the most impressive of all because when I ate it, I thought heaven exists.
The tempura-on-rice restaurant only sell two items here: special ($13.90+) or vegetables. Honestly, why even bother offering the vegetarian option? The ventilation is a problem here, but we have gone back three times! If you are on a budget, just don’t order any drink, which is expensive. Stick with free iced water.
I am hesitant about putting Shibuya as first place because I heard from other bloggers they change the chef, and I haven’t dined under the new chef. Furthermore, changing chef at such a short period of opening doesn’t speak well for the restaurant. But when I was there, the $18++ lunch set consisted 6 dishes and everything was shiok of reasonable quality!
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.