5 Tasty Meals You Can Find In CBD For $5 Or Less

You know how our spending on food always seems to take up a surprisingly huge percentage of our monthly expenses? This is a particularly common phenomenon especially if you’re working in the CBD area where food can be very expensive.

Hence WealthMastery would be doing a food series in the next few weeks! Stay tuned to discover where you can find affordable and delicious meals in the CBD area!

1) Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice – $2.50/$3.50

Market Street Food Centre (Golden Shoe),
50 Market Street #02-26

Golden Shoe Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice

It’s hard to find any stall selling chicken rice at $2.50 these days, especially if it’s a plate of good chicken rice. Seeing that even Lee Kuan Yew and S.R. Nathan have had a plate of their chicken rice, I obviously had to try it for myself.

They definitely did not disappoint. The rice was moist and very flavorful. Their chicken meat was soft and juicy. I particularly like their chili sauce. I find it to be perfectly balanced with the right amounts of garlic.

Remember, even Gordon Ramsey struggle with his chili mix the last time he was in Singapore!

2) Shenton Way Golden Bridge Roast Meat Chicken Rice – $3/$4/$5

17 Philips Street

Shenton Way Golden Bridge Roasted Meat Chicken Rice

This is a paradise for all roast meat lovers. They sell all kinds of roast meat ranging from roast duck to the crispy roast pork. Of course, they also sell roast chicken.

My personal favorite is the roast duck rice at $4. They are ultra generous with their meat portions unlike the typical roast duck rice stalls. Their rice is also specially flavored. I normally like to add $1 worth of extra char siew as well!

The stall owners are extremely nice and always offer to cover your dish with their secret sauce. I personally find the sauce to be a bit overwhelming so I’ll always ask them to reduce the amount. The queue can be quite long at times, but it moves relatively fast so don’t let that scare you away.

3) Bak Chor Mee Stall #2 – $3/$4 + 30cents for Takeaways

Marina Food House, Stall #2
15 Philips Street

The name for this mysterious noodle stall continues to elude me. I had stood in front of this stall for a good 5 minutes trying to locate its stall name. The searches I had done online also yielded no results. So I shall refer to it as what me and my colleagues affectionately call it… “THE Bak Chor Mee stall”. (Duh!)

For noodle lovers out there, you would understand that it can be so hard to find decent noodles dishes that do not clump together when you take away the food. However given the lack of space and the crowds we can encounter during the CBD lunch time, we often have no other choice.

Hence I was very glad to have discovered a bak chor mee stall that actually knows how to prepare their noodles. The dry chili paste they use does not get soaked into the noodles, thus making the noodles stay dry and springy even after you take them away!

4) Bee Kee Wanton Noodles $3/$4 + 20cents for Takeaways

Market Street Food Centre (Golden Shoe),
50 Market Street #03-01

Bee Kee Wanton Mee

This is one of the unique wanton noodle stall that swaps the typical yellow alkaline flavored noodle for a wheat alternative. The result is wholesome and tasty noodles that do not clump together.

They give fair amounts of char siew and wanton. Overall, it’s a great dish if you’re looking to try something different. They also serve braised pork rib noodle which I will come back to try another day.

5) Golden Nur Crispy Chicken Rice – $5

Market Street Food Centre (Golden Shoe),
50 Market Street #02-02/06

Golden Nur

To be honest, what caught my eye was the piece of white A4 paper they stuck on their signboard. On it, they scribbled “[the] One and Only Indian Chicken Rice”. With marketing tactics as awesome as this, you know you have got to try it at least once.

Thankfully, I did.

The chicken rice came with a juicy chicken thigh marinated in some orange spice and a generous portion of basmati rice. It doesn’t look impressive at the start, but your impression of it will change once you start mixing the rice together.

The colour of the chicken rubs off onto the rice, making the rice fragrant and tasty. As for the chicken itself, the thigh was juicy and tender. I was expecting it to be dry like the typical tandoori style or the ayam penyet style but was pleasantly caught off guard when I sink my teeth into it.

Even though this is the most expensive dish on this list at $5, I think it’s absolutely worth it.

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