A Guide in Good and Cheap Food in Eastern Singapore

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East Singapore offers a plethora of good food options from around the world. This includes various Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Italian, French, and Japanese cuisines. Specialties include crispy roti prata, bak chor mee, sushi, burgers, pizza, and pasta that all come at very good rates.

There are many different restaurants where you can sample the best food in East Singapore, and with 3 MRT station in Tampines, travelling from other regions is made easy.

We will show you where to eat nice food in Eastern Singapore, having considered two things – price and flavour, which you can also recommend travelling friends once they arrive at Changi Airport.

Top 10: Where to Eat in East Singapore

Here we have top ten places to get good food in East Singapore. There are the top hawker stalls and restaurants that offer cheap and good food in the East side of Singapore:

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1. Refuel Cafe 

For people who love delicious but cheap brunch or breakfast, the Refuel Cafe is one of the best places to eat in East Singapore. Get value for your money with the fuel-me-up Singaporean brunch for $10.9. It is a combination of bacon, baked eggs or meatballs, mushrooms, and swiss cheese.

People on a vegetarian diet can have something like the must-try vegan baked eggs for $9.9, which is a combination of tofu and a mix of vegetables.  Get a fresh juice drink for five dollars or a hot cup of a caffeine fix and/or bread, sweets, and plenty of other stuff. Desserts include crunchy waffles with some ice cream and other delicious treats.

Customer reviews indicate that Refuel Cafe is generous with its portions. You will also get kid-dining ware for a complete family dining experience.

Address: Blk 744, Bedok Reservoir Road #01-3029, SG, 470744

Telephone: +6564480015

Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday-Sunday at 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., closed on Tuesdays.  

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2. Nangfa Thai Kitchen

When looking for nice food in the East, preferably a unique Thai dining experience, a finger-licking Thai cuisine from Nangfa Thai Kitchen fits the bill and should be given credit.

The foods carry rich flavours and textures. You will also love the family-oriented atmosphere.

There is a long list of chicken dishes you can try, like Pandan Leaves Chicken, Stir-Fried Minced Chicken with Hot Basil Leaves, Olive Fried Rice with Minced Chicken, and Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab with Chicken Floss. Try their prawn, herbs, soups, and salad.

You can have a cheap delicious portion at this location for a price of less than $10.

Address: #01-166 Hdb-Bedok, 136 Bedok North Avenue 3, SG, 460136

Telephone: +6562455548

Opening hours: Daily 12:00 p.m.-15:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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3. Saffron’s Cafeteria Indian Foods

If your hunt is for reasonably priced Indian fare, Saffron’s is one of the best joints for a couple of Indian delicacies. It has two outlets in Tampines street, which is the regional centre for the Eastern Region, and one in Opera Estate.

Get a serving of Prata made from a soft dough served with curry and sambal chili to dip. The Prata is crunchy outside and fluffy inside while the curry has a spicy kick and slightly salty.

For less than $2, you can have the Prata plaster. It has a runny golden yolk oozing out, which makes an excellent comfort food. There are other foods with fair prices on the menu like Prata kosong, poori, thosai, bone steak, and nasi goreng with scallions. The Mr Mohgan Super Crispy Prata[1] is also a famous dish in the area.

Address: 1163 of Blk 201-D Tampines Street 21, #01-1105, SG 524201

Telephone: +6567876010

Opening hours: 24 hours, daily.  

Other outlets are open between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

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4. Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice 

If chicken meat rice is your favourite lunch, add this to your list of cheap food East treats from the Delicious Boneless Chicken. This stall is one of the best places for Easties, tucked away in the basement food court of Katong Shopping Centre.  True to its name, this is where to eat in the East for delicious boneless chicken rice.

The signature dish is turmeric rice accompanied by scrumptious steamed or roasted chunks of chicken. According to reviews, they come in generous shares. You get two additional dishes, a bowl of soup and free-flow achar. Nothing should stop you from asking for free refills of the sides like chicken satay with a charcoal flavour.

The chicken has fried garlic, spring onions, coriander, and some light soya sauce that enhances its savouriness. The roasted chicken is silky and smooth, with golden brown crispy skin while the steamed version has slippery smooth skin.

Address: Katong Shopping Centre #B1-85/87, 865 Mountbatten Rd, SG 437844

Telephone: +6597896073

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., closed on Mondays

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5. Ampang Niang Tou Fu 

If you are looking for nice food in the Eastern, a yong tau foo delicacy from Ampang Niang Yong Tou Fu will appeal to you. It uses fresh ingredients. The restaurant is simple, providing an ambience of comfort. The specialty comes with a light but flavorful broth with some soya beans.

The fried taukee is crispy and the fishball has enough salt and is smooth to the bite. The tofu is pleasantly firm on the exterior but soft inside.

If you are looking for a heavy mid-day snack or supper, order some scrumptious rice. The sour plum juice is also an excellent complement for the meal, according to customer reviews.

This pleasantly good hawker food in the East has a price of about $4 to $6, which can be enjoyed by students on a budget.

Address: 225 E.Coast Rd, SG, 428922

Telephone: +65 63453289

Opening hours: Thursday and Saturday-Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., closed on Wednesday and Friday

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6. 328 Katong Laksa 

If you are craving for some authentic laksa, you can have a tasty serving at 328 Katong Laksa. The owner of this shop, a Singaporean, won against celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and took matters into his own hands in a 2013 cooking showdown with the delicious Asian dish, making him king in the eyes of the locals.

The spicy and aromatic coconut milk-based curry makes people visit from the Western and Central areas. Each bowl contains well-balanced spice and textures with short strands of thick pasta.

According to recommendations in customer reviews, have the spicy fish cake as an appetizer and wash down the spicy laksa aftertaste with fresh lime juice.

A small bowl of laksa goes for a price of $5 and $7 for a large one, a specialty with a price friendly to students.

Address:  53 E.Coast Road, Singapore 428771

Telephone: +6597328163

Opening hours:  Daily 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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7.  Beach Road Prawn Noodle

Beach Road Prawn Noodle offers a great menu on the  Singapore Eastern map. Though it has long queues, their efficient serving system helps save customers waiting time. This gem from the owners is popular for the exceptional flavour in its prawn noodle.

One thing mentioned in reviews about this place is that the prawns are fresh, making it the best in Eastern Singapore. The noodles come with a delicious sambal sauce. They are fried with lard bits and fried shallots. The broth is another part of the dish that you will love as it is thick and flavorful, with a tad of sweetness.

The Jumbo Prawn Mee option is the most demanded choice in this joint and one of the best deals according to customer reviews. It comes with three large prawns that are split into two and de-veined.

The goods in this place will cost you between $6 and $12.

Address: 370 E.Coast Road, SG, 428981

Telephone: +6563457196 

Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., closed on Tuesdays

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8.  Ponggol Nasi Lemak

The Ponggol Nasi Lemak’s Tanjong Katong outlet offers a wide variety of food in the Eastern part of Singapore. Its nasi padang, crispy fried chicken, and a layer of flavourful chilli sauce have everyone craving more of this Malay cuisine.

The rice used blends perfectly with the coconut milk. You can get add-ons from the menu, like crispy chicken wings, homemade archar, crispy drumstick, and egg. You can get desserts like cakes, homemade ice cream, or drinks like cocktails and coffee. The goodness in every piece of food is bound to make this spot your new favourite source of hawker food, where food editors can take images and share some info on it.

A plate of this meal in this place goes for $5 to $8. It has two other outlets in Jalan Besar, Upper Serangoon, and Capitol Singapore.

Address:  238 Tanjong Katong Road, SG, 437026

Telephone: +6562870020

Opening hours:  Friday-Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., closed on Thursdays

Flavourful Meals in Eastern Singapore

9. QQ Noodle House 

For a delicious noodle dinner in East Singapore, one of the best places to eat is Bugis’ QQ Noodle House. It is the first source of authentic kampua mee in Singapore. The restaurant makes the noodles in-house to guarantee freshness.

You can have the original kampua mee or try it in black chilli, sambal chilli, tomato, black sauce, and mala. The noodles are tender and delicious, and their flavour is not overpowered by the gravy.

There are long categories of accompaniments to choose from in the menu, such as beef ball and deep-fried wantons. Dishes go for an average of $7.

Address: 283 Tanjong Katong Road

Telephone:  +6591137637

Opening hours: Everyday, 10.00am-10.00pm.

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10. Seng Kee Mee Sua 

Besides Seng Kee’s signature black chicken herbal soup containing silkie chicken, wolfberries, and Chinese yam, the pork kidney Mee Sua is also remarkable and cheap. People from the West and Centre regions of the country, such as Tiong Bahru, Toa Payoh,  Bukit Timah, Bukit Batok, Bukit Gombak, and Tanjong Pagar in the CBD come to Seng Kee for a taste of its Chinese cuisine.

The pork kidney Mee Sua contains slices of kidney, liver, and lean pig meat. It is herbal and slightly peppery. The pieces are tender and the noodles are well infused with the flavour of the soup.

You can have lean meat soup which, according to customer reviews, is equally delicious. This shop is also a good source of zi char.

The Mee Sua Soup ranges between $5.80 and $7.80.

Address: 475/477 Changi Road, SG, 419893

Telephone: +6567464089

Opening hours: Everyday 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.

Conclusion

Some of the best places to eat in the East are in a hawker stall and other simple restaurants. But some can also be found nearby famous landmarks such as the Changi Airport, in Holland Village, in Jurong East, in Albert Park, at Buangkok Bugis, in Clementi, or at Little India. From the MRT station corner situated at Braddell, Bras Basah, these spots do not just provide cheap eats in the country, but they also offer some of the best food setting events in the Eastern part of the Lion City.

These famous eats in Singapore, ranging from places like Tanjong Pagar, or Orchard Road can improve your lifestyle in a way that you can share with a friend, or virtually, through a blog.  Aside from the famous Esplanade, these restos and bars offer fans a wide array of choices from beer, to fruits, to sauces. The fact that the current GST rate in the country is at 7%, the food industry proves itself in opening its doors to every person who is both living and travelling to the Lion City.

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