Singapore is rated as one of the most expensive cities in the world. The land prices and rental prices are sky high and the cars! Most Singaporeans would say, “ Let’s not talk about the cars lah!” Cars are ridiculously expensive in Singapore. In a country when you are used to everything being expensive, it comes as a pleasant shock when you see the pricing in some restaurants.

Yet Singapore is filled with hawker centres and food stalls that provide food at very affordable prices. Chinatown is one such area.

Chinatown is one of the historic places in Singapore, where you can find a bustling blend of the country’s ancient and modern culture. This place is filled with traditional shops, genuine cafes and lots of other exciting hawker food.

So if you’re around the Chinatown Singapore and are looking for food dishes that are inexpensive, read below.


15 Food Gems in Chinatown Singapore less than $10

Genki Sushi

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You might have guessed by the name, Genki Sushi is a Japanese restaurant located in five locations in Singapore. There’s one location in Chinatown as well.

Genki Sushi offers the typical Japanese classics such as Sushi, Sashimi, Rice and Noodles. There are small cars, that serve your food, which is quick. There are no waiters.

You also have an option to order with the iPad.

Now coming to the price of the food. A premium dish like Unagi Don (Eel in a bowl with rice) will cost you just $10. Now that’s a great price for yummy japanese food.

A lot of the sushis are priced at $2.


Website : Genki Sushi

Address : 133 New Bridge Road, #02-33, Chinatown Point.


Mao Shan Wang

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Durian is a fruit that is a bit controversial. It’s banned in a lot of public locations, including the MRT. It’s also very sought after. Locals endure traffic jams and distance to eat at their favourite durian restaurants.

Tourists as well, hear about the Durian and plan their trips to visit Durian shops. If you are in the fence about Durian, don’t read further. This place is dedicated to Durian lovers.

From Durian Pizza to Durian Coffee, they have it all. This is a dream for durian lovers and it’s the first cafe in Singapore to have dedicated their entire menu to durian.

The best is the Mao Shan Wang Takeaway Cup priced at $6.80 and the Durian Mochi at $9.80.


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Address : 49 Temple St, Singapore 058594

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Yuan Kee

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Yuan Kee has been around since the 70’s. Started from humble beginnings, they have staked their claim in the Singapore culinary landscape with their special chicken rice dishes.

They have variety of dishes and their menu has expanded over the years. They have 8 varieties of fried rices and their top chicken dishes are Regular Roasted, Steamed Chicken.

Their prices are very reasonable as well. With a lot of the chicken dishes under $10.


Website : Yuan Kee

Address : 20 Cross St, #01-03/04, Singapore 048422


Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle

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This restaurant is known for its chicken that is marinated in soya sauce and chinese herbs. They let the chicken sit in it, till it absorbs all the juices. It makes the chicken tender and juice. For $7 a plate for half a chicken and $2 for a rice plate, this is one of the most affordable destinations in Chinatown.


Website : Not Available

Address : 78 Smith Street, Singapore 058972


Mei Heong Yuen Dessert

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Post meal, sweet treats are the ones that make us smile. If you want genuine and yummy chinese desserts, then look no further than Mei Heong Yuen. Although chinese desserts aren’t popular all over the world, you should surely try these.

Cheng Teng(Healthy Dessert that reduces heat) at $2.50 and Yam Paste at $3.

It also has the very tasty and juicy, chilled water chestnut cake priced at $3.

Snow Ice is also very popular here, that you can get for $6 for each serving.


Website : Mei Heong Yuen

Address : 133 New Bridge Road, #B2-32 Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413


Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee

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Char Kway Teow literally stands for stir fried rice cake strips. It’s one of the most popular foods in Singapore. This joint has some of the best in Singapore. Priced at a reasonable $3, you can have a hearty meal for a very good price. It’s a perfect combination of flavor, wholesomeness and taste.


Address : #02-18 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore 051531


Ri Ri Hong Mala Xiang Guo

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Mala stands for Numbingly Hot and that’s exactly what this dish is about. How you make a Mala Hot Pot is take a few vegetables, choose your meat and add spice sauce based juices in it. The juices are very spicy and can leave you sweating for a long time.

If you’ve never tried a Mala Hot Pot, this is the perfect place to start.


Address : 32 New Market Road, #01, 42, 52, People’s Park Centre, Singapore, 050032


Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao

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Here’s another dumpling stall. At this joint, you get the tastiest fried dumplings for $5.50(10 pieces). You also get original xiao long baos for $5(10 pieces). This place is also famous for Shanghai style noodles.


Address :  #02-135, 335 Smith St, Singapore 050335


Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee

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Mee is fried noodles in Malay. This place specialises in providing noodles with curry. An odd pairing you might think, but this place has captured the imagination and taste buds of its patrons.


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For $4.50 on top of the curry and the mee, you get fishcakes, chicken, potato and tau pok.


Address : 531A Upper Cross Street, #02-57/58, Singapore 051531


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Tong Heng

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Tong Heng needs no introductions and its very popular among the locals. Tong Heng make yummy egg tarts of various kinds. Their popular ones include the mustard egg tart and the coconut egg tart. It costs $1.60 and $1.80 per piece respectively.

These are great for a quick bite.


Website : Tong Heng

Address : 285 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058833


Toh Kee Roast Duck

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Roast Duck is a very popular dish, so the standards of a place need to be very high because people expect nothing but the best. Toh Kee has the most tenderised and juicy roast duck with the exterior skin glistening with juicy flavors.

For a plate of rice with roast duck, it will cost you $5.


Address : 32 New Market Road, #01-1016 People’s Park Food Centre, Singapore


Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Chinatown Point

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If you want to taste the yummiest pork ribs soup for $7, this is the place you need to visit. This place also offers free refill of the soup and most importantly it has the best bak kut teh in Singapore.


Website : Song Fa Bak Kut Teh

Address : 133 New Bridge Road #01-04, Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413 


Oriental Chinese Restaurant

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The Oriental Chinese Restaurant is a very popular destination in Chinatown. The sweet and sour pork is a must try. Pair that along with a snow beer and you have a meal. This restaurant gives you the vibe of China, inexpensive food and thriving. The BBQ skewers are tasty and good to eat, if you aren’t sure what to order in the main menu.

Pricing is very reasonable. Pork Fried Noodles is around $5, Chilli Beef Noodles costs $5 as well. Even the soft fried squid is $10.


Website : Oriental Chinese Restaurant

Address : 195 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059425


Wan Nian Stone Pot Fish

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The dish is literally the same name as the name of the restaurant. You can get a fish in a stone pot. The portions are big in this restaurant and the chilli crab is a must try. Meals for a family of 4 comes to around $35, that’s around $10 per person.

The gyoza and gongbao chicken are also a must try.


Website : Not Available

Address : 52 Smith Street, Singapore 058959

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