Being on a budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on quality. Sure, in the past it might have meant visiting a subpar fast-food chain or simply not eating out at all, but things are very different today. Singapore has a thriving budget eatery scene and, what's more, the variety is exceptional. In the same way you no longer have to sacrifice on quality, you'll also find that your spending preferences don't shoehorn you into a certain genre of cooking.
As part of our mission to bring you more of what you like at a price that doesn't bust your bankroll, we've found four affordable restaurants you'd never think were "budget". Our four top picks all offer high-end quality for low-end prices.
1.Bee Kee Wanton Noodles
Offering exactly what you'd expect, Bee Kee Wanton Noodles is a taste of Singapore in every sense of the word. Yes, the plastic trays your food comes on aren't stylish, but anything else would spoil the authenticity of the dishes. Indeed, from its market stall in the upper Serangoon flats area, Bee Kee Wanton Noodles is by Singaporeans and for Singaporeans.
Of course, that doesn't mean you can't sample the freshly made noodles if you're from out of town. No, the stall serves up fantastic braised soft pork ribs, springy noodles and bak chor mee in a style and at a price the locals are accustomed to, but they will welcome visitors from far and wide looking for an authentic, affordable meal.
Founded in 2010, QQrice has made it its mission to offer healthy food that's just as digestible for you as for your wallet. Taking a little bit of inspiration from the world's classic snacks, including sandwiches from the UK and sushi from Japan, QQrice provides quick and delicious snacks direct to you.
Aside from the price, the defining feature of QQrice is its healthy eating vibe. From its website explaining the nutritional details of the rice used to bento boxes fulfilling your health needs, everything QQrice offers for delivery and takeout is good for you and your budget. For our money, the smoked chicken rice rolls are fantastic.
If you're "craving" some traditional, affordable treats that aren't as cheesy as our play on words, then Crave is an obvious option. Specialising in Nasi Lemak, you can pick up a box that's literally bursting with treats for less than $6. Combining freshly fried eggs, fragrant basmati rice and Crave's signature sambal chilli, these creations come perfectly packaged which makes them easy to eat on the move. Although you can dip into the a-la-carte menu and enjoy delectable dishes for $2 (we recommend the marinated crispy chicken wings), Crave is the delivery option of choice when it comes to Nasi Lemak.
Singapore and pasta might not be a match made in culinary heaven, but this place is different. Because pasta and noodles are estranged siblings, it's not much of a stretch to believe the Pastamania is capable of satisfying an Asian palate. The chefs at this piece of little Italy use traditional recipes but give them some interesting twists.
The Asian Catch menu serves up fresh seafood that fuses Asian and Italian flavours (the Kimchi Mussels with pasta are a particular treat). If you're hankering for a more standard combination of pasta and pizza, the menu is bursting with options and, what's more, you can get 10% off if you're a student. For less than $5, you can get a hearty meal that will fill you up and not leave a whole in your bank balance.
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