Affordable Thai food for squads on a budget
I’m a sucker for Thai food. I love how every dish boasts a complex interplay of flavours; each bite can be sweet, spicy, sour, and salty all at the same time. With so many new Thai food places popping up across the island, there’s no need to fly to the Land of Smiles to satiate your Thai food cravings! Here is a list of affordable Thai food places with mains below $10 that your wallet and taste buds will thank you for.
1. Kra Pow Thai Street Food
Hidden in a corner of level three at Far East Plaza, this casual eatery serves up some gems in the heart of Orchard Road. Tuck into dishes such as Seafood Red Tom Yum Soup ($7.90) and Krapow Pork with Rice ($7.90), or venture out of your comfort zone with Drunkard Noodle Pork ($7.90) that is perhaps best described as a Thai-style fried hor fun. Most dishes are under $10 here, with no added service charge or GST. Now you know where to head to when you’re in town and on a budget!
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #03-89, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228123
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 9pm
Tel: 6734 1946
2. Mooks Thai Bistro
Mooks Thai Bistro takes pride in serving Thai dishes that are value for money. On the menu, you’ll be able to find the usual suspects – Thai Minced Basil Chicken ($8.90++), Pad Thai ($9.90++), and many more. They even have a lunch set menu at $7.90++. Each set comes with a free soft drink, and is available from 10:30am to 12pm daily.
3. Noodle Thai Thai Kitchen
Located along Beach Road, Noodle Thai Thai Kitchen is a hidden gem with affordable set lunches available between 11:30am and 3pm on weekdays. Starting from $5.90 nett, each set comes with a complimentary drink and dessert. Pick from noodle-based dishes such as Grilled Chicken Noodles ($6.90) and Basil Minced Chicken Jade Noodles ($6.90), which comes complete with a wobbly egg.
Address: 327 Beach Road, Singapore 199560
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 4:30pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 9783 3647
4. Soi 47 Thai Food
Soi 47 Thai Food offers Thai decor, music, and food below a block of flats in Toa Payoh. Feast on dishes such as Claypot Tang Hoon with Prawns ($10), Fried Belachan Rice with Seafood ($6), and Basil Pork Rice with Fried Egg ($5). Plus, you’ll be glad to know they don’t use MSG in any of their dishes!
Address: 47 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, #01-130, Singapore 310047
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6266 4747
5. Ah Loy Thai
Hop off the train at Bugis, ignore the countless steamboat joints dotting the area, and opt for Ah Loy Thai instead. Known for their delicious and affordable Thai food, this place tends to attract crowds so be prepared to queue for a table. The menu here is simple, and you’ll be given a one-page chit to fill up before making your order. They have the usuals here – Tom Yum Seafood ($7.50), Fried Glass Noodle ($7.50) and Pineapple Fried Rice ($7).
Address: 9 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-04, Singapore 188098
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 12pm to 3pm, 4:15pm to 8.30pm, Sat-Sun 12.30pm to 3pm, 4:15pm to 9pm
Tel: 8488 6528
6. KinMoo The Thai Noodle House
A newly opened joint that’s a stone’s throw away from Bugis MRT Station, this 50-seater restaurant is owned by Rudolph Tan, his Thai wife, and a former colleague. The majority of their menu features pork and noodles. Some dishes to try are Baamee Keow Haeng Moo Dang ($6.90+), AKA dry wanton noodles, and Kow Lao Moo ($8.90+), a simple soup dish consisting of sliced pork, pig innards, and pork balls.
Address: 2 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-02, Singapore 188091
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6908 1896
7. Saap Saap Thai
A relatively new self-service eatery at Tampines Hub, Saap Saap Thai was opened in November last year and uses imported Thai sauces, herbs, and spices in their food. Over 50 items are featured on the menu, such as Thai Glass Noodle Salad ($6.50/$8.50), Tom Yam ($7.90/ $9.90), and Chicken/Beef Boat Noodles ($7.90/ $9.90). End your meal on a sweet note with a plate of Mango Sticky Rice ($5.50).
Address: 51 Tampines Avenue 4, #01-100, Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529684
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
8. Thai Gold Food
Thai Gold Food is a no-frills Thai restaurant located at Sunshine Plaza, beside Merely Ice Cream. Due to its affordable prices, it is a hit among students from nearby campuses. You’ll be able to find Pad Thai ($5), Basil Pork Rice ($6), Fried Green Curry Chicken Rice ($6) and more classic Thai plates here, all at nett prices. After your meal, quench your thirst with their popular Thai Iced Milk Tea ($1.50)!
Address: 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-14, Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6883 1575
9. Jai Thai
Jai Thai has a huge menu comprising appetisers, salads, soups, curries, seafood, meats, and specials. Most of their mains are below $10. A plate of Pineapple Rice, Salted Fish Fried Rice, or Chicken / Beef Fried Rice will set you back $6+ for the small version, $9+ for the medium, and $12+ for the large.
10. Nangfa Thai Kitchen
Situated just two shops away from the popular Nakhon Kitchen, Nangfa Thai Kitchen serves up Thai food using fresh ingredients in generous portions. Here, prices are largely below $10, and you can even get seafood dishes such as Stir-fried Mix Seafood with Hot Basil Leaves, Stir-fried Squid with Hot Basil Leaves, and Deep Fried Squid with Thai Chilli Sauce at $10. Don’t forget to quench your thirst with their signature Homemade Thai Ice Milk Tea ($3).
Check out what happened when we compared Nangfa to Nakhon!
Address: Blk 136 Bedok North Ave 3, #01-166, Singapore 460136
Opening hours: Daily 12:30pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6245 5548
Thai food that won’t burn your wallet
Hit some of your buddies up and head down to these places to stuff your faces in some seriously satisfying nosh. For more wallet-friendly food, check out these affordable dim sum and cheap ramen places in Singapore!