It’s that time of the year again – the month between Christmas and Chinese New Year when you’re just really, really broke. So maybe you didn’t actually need that acrylic desktop jellyfish tank that glows in the dark. Or you’re just trying to be financially sensible. Either way, a trip to Orchard could well end up a major financial commitment. We show you 5 places to eat for under $10 and still satisfy that voracious appetite.
1. Kim Dae Mun Korean Food
The menu is simple and offers 17 typical Korean meals, including bibimbap, tteokbokki (Korean rice cake) and steamed saba fish. For the health-conscious folks, Kim Dae Mun is well-known for cooking their hotplate dishes in hot water instead of oil. The average price is $8.
Where: #02-17/18 Concorde Foodcourt, 100 Orchard Road, Singapore 238840
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11am – 8.30pm, Closed on Mondays
2. Ofira Amazing Thai Food
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It’s always full house at Ofira, but the turnover is quick and the food is definitely worth the wait. For $5.50 you can get green curry with rice, seafood tom yum soup with rice, or pineapple fried rice. Don’t forget the Thai iced tea for $1.80. The food is authentic and portions are generous.
Where: 14 Scotts Road #01-20 Far East Plaza
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 11am – 08.30pm, Closed on Sundays
Saizeriya is a casual Italian restaurant with no GST or service charge so it’s popular amongst the youth for obvious reasons. A chicken Bolognese spaghetti goes for $3.90, and a pepper chicken steak for $6.90. Upgrade your meal with free flow drinks for $2.80. This Japanese-owned chain isn’t the place for a decadent affair, but it guarantees to make your money work harder for you.
Where: Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road #B2-11/11A, Singapore 238858
Hours: Sunday to Monday: 11am – 10pm
Contact: 6702 4451
4. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
Their traditional bak kut teh (pork ribs soup) will set you back $7, but you can treat yourself to the premium loin ribs version for an additional $2. Other dishes like braised pig’s trotters ($6.50) and braised beancurd skin ($3.50) will also stretch out every last cent.
Where: The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, #02-29/30
Hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm daily
5. Kabayan Filipino Restaurant
The extensive menu consists of pork sinigang (pork in tamarind soup), crispy pata (pork knuckle) and lumpiang Shanghai (friend spring rolls). You can also opt for a BBQ rice meal but be sure to save space for dessert, the leche flan (caramel pudding) and custard cake with jackfruit are phenomenal.
Where: 304 Orchard Road, #03-25 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Hours: Sunday to Monday: 9am – 9pm