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4 Affordable Must-Try Foods in Singapore

I don’t say the ‘a’ word very much (by the way, I’m referring to ‘affordable’). I look for quality first and foremost. But, everything in life need not be Hermés and Michelin stars. I believe quality can be found even at rock-bottom prices. And in a city as notoriously expensive as Singapore, this notion can be a godsend for your wallet. So, if you’re hopping around southeast Asia, here is your guide to 4 affordable must-try foods in Singapore:

Hawker Noodles

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You’ll find amazing food at Singapore’s hawker centers

I mentioned these casual eating spots in a previous post about things to do in Singapore. Don’t be deterred by the not-so-chic ambience here. Hawker centers are low-key, outdoor food courts with numerous food stalls offering cheap, delicious meals. Take your pick. You have endless options of authentic spicy and flavorful noodles (other options, too!). Perfect for a quick, flavorful meal in between all the sightseeing.

Dim Sum

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Authentic Chinese food—like dim sum—is just around the corner in Singapore’s Chinatown

With a significant portion of the population being of Chinese descent, the old civilization has largely influenced Singaporean culture. Unsurprisingly, Chinatown is big in Singapore and home to many classics. A personal favorite: dim sum. Make your way to Chinatown, and grab a seat for freshly made steamed buns, savory noodle dishes, and hot dumplings. And, if you can’t get enough Chinese food try…

Hainanese Chicken Rice

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A national dish, chicken rice is one of the most loved foods in Singapore

Hainanese chicken rice is a Chinese dish reinterpreted and can be found at all kinds of establishments. Based off a dish called wenchang chicken from Hainan—hence the name—a whole bird is poached in water and the resulting stock is used to make the accompanying rice. The two are served with various dipping sauces of grated ginger, hot chili sauce, and soy sauce. The rice is packed with flavor, the chicken is cooked through but moist, and it’s considered a national dish of Singapore.

Black Pepper Crab

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Another favorite is the full-flavored black pepper crab

Another dish that’s as equally regarded is black pepper crab. Fried in a generous amount of black pepper, oyster sauce, and a few other things, the sweet flavor of the hard shell crabs comes together with the robust seasonings for a well-rounded and powerful dish. A little disclaimer: this ish gets messy. But, totally worth it. Leave the rings at home and go to town on that crustacean.


Have you been to Singapore? What’s your go-to grub in the Lion City?


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  • Omg, those dim sums and noodles look delicious! I’m sure it was a lot of fun ‘ researching’ this post 😉 Trying all the good foods out there. Thanks for sharing!

    April 13, 2017
  • ooh these look so yummy! I’ve only been to their airport which is probably the best airport in the world!! haha I’ll save this for when I go though! Great post 🙂

    April 13, 2017
  • Liz

    I loooooove Hainanese chicken rice!!!! And also the Hawker noodles. I tried the black pepper crab but I’m not sure if I like it, it’s quite hard to eat 🙂

    April 13, 2017
  • I LOVE Hawker noodles!! They are my absolute favorite. I think I had them like once a day when I was in Singapore!!

    April 13, 2017
  • I love Dim Sum <3 Thanks for sharing all your tipps and experiences. Will keep that in mind when I go to Singapore 🙂

    April 13, 2017
  • Cherene

    I was just in Singapore for the first time in February. I loved the food. I had laksa, spicy crab and many other delicious foods!! It is a foodie city for sure!

    April 13, 2017
  • Wow these all look so unreal! I’d love to try the Black Pepper crab! I maybe heading to Singapore in July! Thanks for the great tips and awesome pics!
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering

    April 13, 2017
  • So yummy and delicious and I totally agree that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get great food in Asia. My husband absolutely loves the chilli crab, but the black pepper crab sounds delicious too.

    April 13, 2017
  • Considering I haven’t had breakfast yet this article made me very hungry. Especially the Black Pepper Crab. Great tips and photos.

    April 13, 2017
  • I found Singapore very experience so it’s great that high-quality food doesn’t have to be very pricey. I would love to try the noodles and dim sum 🙂

    April 14, 2017

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