Best meals for under $10 around Arab Street

Wallet-friendly meals to keep you fed and satisfied. Plus, none are priced in the double digits!

10 places you can chow down for under $10
10 places you can chow down for under $10
07 May 2017

10 places you can chow down for under $10

Who said eating on a budget had to be drab and boring? The next time you’re around the colourful ethnic enclave of Arab Street and running on empty but the wallet is feeling a little light, no biggie. We’ve sussed out a list of 10 go-to eateries where you can chow down for under $10.

1. Love Bento
1. Love Bento
07 May 2017

1. Love Bento

Want to eat clean without the hefty price tag? Love Bento is the answer. You’ll be hard-pressed to find cheaper healthy bento meals outside this relatively new eatery by actor-musician Nat Ho and his business partner Zech Wu.

For a mere $6.80, you get a choice of grilled fish or chicken breast (grilled or done sous-vide style) served in a sizeable bento of either Japanese rice with chia seeds or brown rice with quinoa, along with a sweet potato mash ball and grilled tofu skewers.

If you’re a non-meat eater, there’s a vegetarian bento for the taking. Also for $6,80, you get an assorted vegetable skewer of grilled zucchini, pumpkin, potato and tofu with a side of sweet potato mash ball and salad. Our favourite? The Mala Chicken Thigh ($8.80) bento set that comes drizzled with Love Bento’s own creation of honey peppercorn dressing. A touch of honey to balance out the strong peppercorn hot sauce gives this healthily grilled chicken just the right amount of sweet and spicy kick.

If you’re looking to indulge, go for the high-protein, low-carb premium choice of Nat’s Gymbento ($14) that comes with a chicken breast, chicken thigh, two onsen eggs, tofu skewers, sweet potato mash and salad.

PS: We hear that Love Bento will be changing their menu from next month so check out their Instagram (@lovebentosg) for new creations.

100 Beach Road, #01-28, Shaw Towers’ Wild Market, Singapore 189702 

2. Blanco Court Prawn Mee
2. Blanco Court Prawn Mee
07 May 2017

2. Blanco Court Prawn Mee

A well-loved spot among foodies and dubbed by many as one of the best prawn noodles in Singapore, so be prepared for a snaking queue and packed crowd during lunch time. Order the prawns and pork ribs noodle soup or dry version for just $5.80 but if you’re famished, go straight for the upsized version ($8/$10), you won’t regret. Full of umami-rich prawn flavour with fresh prawns and tender pork ribs; it’s so yummy you’ll be planning your next visit even before you polish off your bowl.

243 Beach Road #01-01, Singapore 189754
Closed on Tuesday 

3. The Happy World
3. The Happy World
07 May 2017

3. The Happy World

Non-meat eaters, this one is especially for you. Just a few months old, this little quaint, modest eatery serves up wholesome home-cooked vegetarian goodness at extremely affordable prices. Instead of just your usual vegetarian fried noodles, The Happy World offers four types of vegetables and mock-meat dishes ($6.50 each) like Claypot Curry Vegetable Rice (pictured), Claypot Luohan Zhai Rice, Sweet & Sour Chicken Rice and Lemon Chicken Cutlet Rice and side dishes like seafood tofu, spring rolls and pandan chicken are available at $3 each.

If you are a big eater, we recommend getting the set which includes a main and side of your choice and drink for $9.90. If this isn’t a super value-for-money meal, we don’t know what is!

25 Bali Lane, Singapore 189861
Closed on Sunday 


Photo: The Happy World

4. Dapur Penyet
4. Dapur Penyet
07 May 2017

4. Dapur Penyet

If you love your Indonesian food especially Ayam Penyet, you have to check out this little gem that does it best. For just $7, it’s hard to beat Dapur Penyet’s affordable price tag for a yummy and fulfilling Ayam Penyet lunch set that comes with your choice of main i.e. chicken, duck, fish or beef with a side of fried tofu, a generous serving of homemade sambal chilli of varying spiciness and a good portion of white rice. From grilled and fried options for your meats, the set menu is pretty extensive. If you love spicy food, go for the Ayam Sambal Hijau set (pictured) – smashed fried chicken with its skin fried to the perfect crisp while the meat retains a nice juiciness. Savour each bite with the accompanying sambal made from green chillies and anchovies. Sedap! The servings are also quite generous, definitely enough to last you till dinner.

23 Baghdad St, Singapore 199662 

Photo: Dapur Penyet Facebook

5. Mrs Pho
5. Mrs Pho
07 May 2017

5. Mrs Pho

Cheap, tasty, fast and homely. This hole-in-wall Vietnamese eatery is hands down the best place to get your pho fix. Go for the Pho Bo Thai – sliced beef noodle soup, $8.90 or Pho Ga, chicken noodle soup (if beef ain’t your kind), also $8.90. Light and flavourful, the broth is so tasty you will be slurping up every last bit in your bowl. If the weather is too hot for a steamy bowl of pho, then the vermicelli with bbq pork and spring roll (dry version, $9.50) is your next best option. Plus, the servings are generous too. Super value for money!

349 Beach Road, Singapore 199570

Photo: eatbook.sg

6. Choo Choo Chicken
6. Choo Choo Chicken
07 May 2017

6. Choo Choo Chicken

For Korean fried chicken at a steal, head to Choo Choo Chicken to take advantage of their cheap set lunch meals. From 11.30am to 3pm daily, you’ll find a decent serving of fried chicken with (sesame flavoured seaweed) rice lunch sets for just $8.90 or rice burgers and wraps set meals for just $6.90 and $7.90 respectively. Perfectly deep-fried goodness of chicken that is generously marinated with authentic Korean flavours like soy, sweet, spicy, crispy and garlic. We especially love the soy chicken for its garlicky and deliciously savoury taste. The chicken pieces are surprisingly juicy and tasty without leaving an overly greasy or salty after-taste. We promise you’ll be guaranteed a satisfying and finger-lickin’ good cheap lunch!

33 Bali Lane, Singapore 189869

Photos: Choo Choo Chicken Facebook
 

Jai Thai
Jai Thai
07 May 2017

Jai Thai

If you are craving for authentic Thai food at wallet-friendly prices, head to Jai Thai. This humble eatery is known for its mouth-watering and super affordable menu which includes favourites such as Fried Vermicelli, Phad Thai seafood and Rice with Beef Basil to Green Curry Noodle. All their lunch sets are served with a choice of cold (lime juice / iced lemon tea) or hot (coffee / tea) drink – all under $10 for an extremely satisfying meal. Two thumbs up!

27 Purvis St, #01-01, An Chuan Building, Singapore 188604

Photos: Jai Thai

8.  Kampong Glam café
8. Kampong Glam café
07 May 2017

8. Kampong Glam café

Malay rice stalls are a dime a dozen but it’s not often that you get to enjoy authentic and belly-satisfying kampong-style nasi padang meal with heaps of dishes without feeling like you’ve been ripped off. For about $7.50, you get a vegetable dish, a fried fish and curry chicken (or beef rending) as well as nice cup of teh tarik. The latter is a must-have; it’s the only way to complete your eating experience here. The variety is impressive and the portions are quite sizeable so expect a post-lunch food coma when you are done.

17 Bussorah St, Singapore 199438

Photo: aromacookery.com

9. Dong Po Colonial Café
9. Dong Po Colonial Café
07 May 2017

9. Dong Po Colonial Café

For just $9.80, you get to enjoy a bowl of deliciously filling and family-friendly Cottage Pie (choice of chicken or beef) served with a side of salad. Moist and well-seasoned ground chicken or beef combined with hearty vegetables like celery, onions and carrots and topped with a creamy cheesey mash give Dong Po’s version an amazing taste of home-cooked nostalgia. And although the specialty at Dong Po Colonial Café is their old-school coffee and bakery goodies, this gem of a dish, is a delightful comfort food that will surely please.

56 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198904
Closed on Monday


Photo: Dong Po Colonial Café

10. Eat.Play.Love
10. Eat.Play.Love
07 May 2017

10. Eat.Play.Love

Looking for a fun and kid-friendly café that won’t burn a hole in your pocket? Seek out Eat Play Love, a craft café located at the ground level of Aliwal Arts Centre. This charming place has cool craft stations for children and serves up pretty awesome Thai-Western dishes and sweet treats.

While the food here doesn’t quite match up to the rest of the eateries on this list taste and price-wise, there are some gems like Pineapple Rice, Basil Chicken Rice (pictured), Green Curry Chicken and Seafood Tom Yam Soup (served with rice) that are available for under $10. Kids-friendly meals include Mini Chicken Burgers, Chicken Macaroni Soup and Nutella Banana Waffle – all for slightly under $10 too. So if you’re totting around a hungry kid who’s about to have a full-scale meltdown, Eat Play Love is a great place to chill and fuel up without having to spend a bomb.

28 Aliwal Street, #01-07, Singapore 199918
Note: GST taxes not included

Photo: nadnut.com

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