We’ve eaten at many Michelin-starred eating places all around the world. Eating at one usually entails making reservations far upfront, dressing up (any time we’re not in shorts counts as dressing up), and making our means into locations we don’t ordinarily frequent. The meals is normally well worth the effort and the expense, although we’ve eaten at a couple of that didn’t stay as much as expectations.
Singapore provides a completely completely different expertise. Positive, there are very unique, costly, and beautiful restaurant experiences available. On the similar time, you may eat in a Michelin-starred restaurant or hawker stall for lower than $10.
As well as, there are dozens of locations which were given Bib Gourmand awards for “exceptionally good meals at average costs.”
You may have a superb meal at any of the locations on this record for beneath $10.
Hill Road Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
At the moment, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is the one place in Singapore to eat a Michelin-starred meal for beneath $10. The specialty right here is bak chor mee, or minced pork noodles. Not solely is the meals good, however it’s additionally a uniquely Singaporean dish.
Bak chor mee accommodates noodles, pork, pork liver, dumplings, lard, fried fish sole, minced meat, and meatballs. It’s cooked in a vinegar and chili-based sauce. It’s flavorful and the noodles are completely chewy. Every dish is cooked to order. You may order it moist (with soup in the identical bowl), or dry (soup on the facet).
You’ll know that you just’ve arrived at Hill Road while you see the lengthy queue. It’s open-air and lined, however there is no such thing as a air con. For those who arrive throughout peak hours, count on to attend an hour or extra.
Hill Road has had a Michelin star since 2016. The proprietor (Tang Joon Teo) determined to not broaden to different places. There are different family members that serve bak chor mee, however the Crawford Road location is the one one with a Michelin star.
Location: Tai Hwa Consuming Home, Block 466 Crawford Lane #01-12
Hawker Chan’s Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Hen Rice & Noodle
From 2016-2021, Hawker Chan’s held the excellence of the most affordable Michelin one-starred meal on this planet — a plate of soya sauce hen value $2.50. Sadly, Hawker Chan misplaced its star in 2021.
Positioned within the Chinatown Advanced Meals (Hawker) Heart, Hawker Chan serves juicy, well-seasoned soya sauce hen from an unique recipe created by Chef Chan Hon Meng. It’s served with rice, sliced cucumbers, and peanuts. We additionally tried the char siu with rice, which is completely seasoned and moist. Along with soya sauce hen, Hawker Chan serves a couple of different conventional dishes.
After the Michelin star was awarded, Liao Fan re-branded as Hawker Chan and expanded right into a restaurant throughout the road. There are actually 4 places in Singapore along with the unique hawker stall in addition to franchises in six nations. Some in Singapore really feel that the Michelin star was misplaced as a result of the growth has impacted the standard of the unique stall.
Count on a protracted line on the hawker stall within the Chinatown advanced. It’s the place the place the locals and vacationers each eat. It’s crowded, noisy, and filled with nice hawker stalls. For those who want air con, you may attempt Hawker Chan’s restaurant proper throughout the road.
Unique Location: Chinatown Advanced Meals Centre #02-126. The Hawker Chan restaurant is throughout the road.
Michelin Bib Gourmand Awardees
The Michelin Bib Gourmand award is given to eating places that serve high-quality meals at cheap costs. Singapore has 69 eating places and hawker stalls which have obtained this designation. We are able to’t cowl all of them, so now we have chosen eight of our favorites.
J2 Well-known Crispy Curry Puff
A perennial Bib Gourmand choice, J2 Crispy Curry Puffs serves a number of the best curry puffs in Singapore. The crust is flaky and light-weight, and the insides (curried potatoes, black pepper hen, or sardines) are well-seasoned. Lee Meng Li was working the stall along with his son Malcolm once we stopped by. They solely make 500 curry puffs a day and shut after they run out.
Location: Amoy Road Meals Centre (#01-21)
Hong Kee Beef Noodle
This hawker stall has been in operation in varied places for 60 years. The savory dish accommodates beef slices, beef balls, and salted greens. The sauce is cooked for twenty-four hours and provides great nuances to the flavoring. You may order the noodles moist (as a soup) or dry. Count on a protracted line if you happen to arrive throughout lunch.
Location: Amoy Road Meals Centre (#01-42)
Outram Park Char Kway Teow
We love char kway teow and couldn’t go up the chance to pattern the wares at Outram Park. We arrived earlier than the lunch rush and nonetheless waited half-hour. It was well worth the wait. The noodles had been luscious with plentiful and juicy cockles, bean sprouts, and fried pork lard.
Location: Hong Lim Market and Meals Centre (#02-17)
Tai Wah Pork Noodle
Straight going through Outram Park Char Kway Teow, you’ll discover one other lengthy line for Tai Wah Pork Noodle. Don’t confuse this with the Michelin one-starred Hill Road Tai Hwa. They each serve bak chor mee (minced pork noodles). This one is run by the nephew and the recipe is barely completely different. This hawker stall was awarded the Bib Gourmand award. It’s most recognized for the dry (soup on the facet) model. Every dish is cooked to order. We arrived earlier than the lunch rush and waited 50 minutes.
Location: Hong Lim Market and Meals Centre (#02-16)
Well-known Sungei Highway Trishaw Laksa
Laksa is a quintessential Singapore dish, and Famous Sungei Road Trishaw makes probably the greatest. The spicy curry broth has much less coconut milk than another variations and it has beneficiant helpings of sliced fishcake, dried shrimp, oysters, scallops, and recent shrimp. It’s not overly spicy. You may also eat mee siam at this stall, one other Malaysian-influenced dish.
Location: Hong Lim Market and Meals Centre (#02-66)
Chef Kang Noodle Home
Positioned in Jackson Sq., Toa Payoh, Chef Kang serves wonton mee. The springy and chewy noodles are imported from Hong Kong. They’re scrumptious. There are solely three dishes on the menu — noodles with char siew and wonton; noodles with abalone, char siew, and wonton; and pork stomach char siew. The char siew is the right mix of candy and char.
Location: 11 Lor 3 Toa Payoh, Block B, Jackson Sq.
Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck
The braised duck served at Chuan Kee actually stands out. The serving of duck is beneficiant, and the braising sauce may be very tasty, with simply the correct quantity of sauce. The noodles are tender and comfortable.
Location: Ghim Moh Market and Meals Heart (#01-04).
Bedok Chwee Kueh
In 2019, Bedok Chwee Kueh is the primary chwee kueh stall in Singapore to be awarded the Bib Gourmand award. Chwee kueh is a rice flour patty topped with preserved radish. The underside is silky easy whereas the topping is savory with a slight trace of spice.
Location: The unique Stall is at Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre (#01-19). There are different stalls at Clementi 448, Chinatown Centre, Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, and elsewhere.
Singapore is legendary for its hawker facilities — massive meals courts with dozens of stalls surrounding tables for consuming. It’s the place the locals eat, and you discover the most effective and most cheap meals in Singapore. They’re usually open-air and lined (with no air con).
For a lot of the hawker stalls listed above, arrive early (11:15-ish for lunch) or count on to attend in a protracted line. As well as, many promote out early within the day.
Many stalls in hawker facilities are closed on Mondays. Others could also be open solely at sure occasions or only some days per week. You may search on-line for essentially the most up-to-date data on opening hours/days.
Stalls have numbers on the highest right-hand nook. As an illustration, #02-17 implies that the stall is on the second flooring, quantity 17. That’s the way to find a selected stall on this record.
Most of the locations that we’ve really helpful should not present in touristy areas (apart from Chinatown). These hawker facilities are the place Singaporeans eat and provides you with genuine experiences of consuming in Singapore.
Singapore is a Disneyland for foodies, and there are numerous extra locations we might have included. We’ve had our greatest meals going to a brand new hawker heart and discovering the stall with the longest line. Different occasions, we’ve gone with a sure stall in thoughts. Both means, you’ll seldom have a foul meal in Singapore.