Famous curry rice stalls that are cheap and good
Since young, I have never been a fan of rice because of its tastelessness, and none of the Chinese superstitions about not finishing my bowl of rice could scare me into eating it. The flavour-packed Hainanese curry rice, however, is my only exception. Mostly known for the generous curry gravy poured over a messy plate of goodness, this list of famous curry rice places will leave your belly and wallet happy.
1. Truly Test Kitchen
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Managed by a team of three young entrepreneurs, Truly Test Kitchen is located on the seventh floor of an industrial building at Tai Seng alongside four other food stalls, all run by the same team. A simple plate of steamed white rice drenched in curry gravy with battered pork chop costs only $2 and for an additional $1, you can complete the dish with a generous amount of sweet braised cabbage.
Address: 153 Kampong Ampat, #07-05, Singapore 368326
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am to 2pm
Tel: 9008 3285
2. Eleven finger (Eu Kee) Scissors Curry Rice
Eleven Finger Scissors Curry Rice is tucked away at the back of a kopitiam at Queen Street but despite its location, the stall can be easily spotted by the long queue snaking out during lunch time. Along with four different types of curry sauce, a plate of rice with chicken wings, pork cutlet, and braised cabbage would cost you about $4. Besides the curry sauces, they also have a simmering pot of braising sauce if you’d like an even more intense and savoury kick to your dish.
Address: Blk 269B Queen Street, #01-235, Rong Liang Ge Eating House, Singapore 180269
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 7pm
3. Hong Seng Curry Rice (Redhill)
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Students at Singapore Management University will probably be familiar with the name Hong Seng Curry Rice, but not many would know that its 27-year-old owner also owns a branch at Redhill Food Centre. Besides having more than 20 different side dishes to go with your curry rice, the stall also serves a value set meal ($4) that comes with six different ingredients in small servings. This is a great option as it allows you to try the different side dishes without stuffing yourself or having to pay too much.
Address: 85 Redhill Lane, #01-74, Redhill Food Centre, Singapore 150085
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 10am to 8pm, Fri-Sun 10am to 8pm
Tel: 9876 2288
4. Scissors Cut Curry Rice
With all the hype surrounding this famous brand, Scissors Cut Curry Rice is no stranger to curry lovers. Found in Jalan Besar, the stall serves plates of rice coated with thick, sticky curry that is made of four different sauces – chilli sauce, chilli oil, braised gravy, and curry. Heaps of ingredients including fried fish, pork cutlet, and braised pork belly are displayed at the storefront and a regular plate of rice with three different ingredients including meat will cost you about $3.40.
Check out our full review of Scissors Cut Curry Rice!
Address: 229 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208905
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 3:30am
Tel: 9826 1464
5. Yong Fa Hainanese Curry Rice & Curry Fish Head
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Known for its perpetual long queue, Yong Fa Hainanese Curry Rice & Curry Fish Head is a popular stall located in Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre. While the curry fish and sambal sotong are sold at market price, the stall serves curry rice with ingredients including pork chop ($1.50), curry chicken wing ($1.50), and vegetable ($0.70/$1/$2). If you are turned off by the waiting time but still looking to satisfy your craving for curry, you can skip the queue and order their curry fish head straight away from the hawker.
Address: 448 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-23, Singapore 120448
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 12:30pm, 2pm to 7pm
6. Yuguo Curry Rice
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Besides the many impressive list of stalls that received the Bib Gourmand award in Amoy Street Food Centre, another reason to visit the hawker centre would be for the cheap and good Yuguo Curry Rice. With a large variety of ingredients, you can get a hearty meal of vegetable, egg, and meat at $4. You can also help yourself to free egg-drop soup to complete your meal!
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #01-19, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8pm
7. Beo Crescent Curry Rice
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Opened since 1990, Beo Crescent Curry Stall is the unofficial name of this curry rice shop as the stall has no official name or signboard. They are popular for their bite-sized crispy pork chop which differs from most curry rice stalls that serve thicker and chewier meat. Aside from typical ingredients such as pork cutlet and fried eggs, the elderly owners also whip up giant pork balls, pork belly, and fried prawns on a daily basis.
Address: 40 Beo Crescent, Singapore 160040
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 6:30am to 3pm, Thur-Sun 6:30am to 3pm
8. An Lock Curry Rice
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Another curry rice stall that is constantly spotted with an insanely long queue is An Lock Curry Rice, which is located in North Bridge Road Market Food Centre. Among the many curry stalls in Singapore, An Lock Curry Rice is probably one of the most affordable places to go to. For a usual plate of curry rice with one meat and one vegetable side, you will not be paying more than $3.
Address: 861 North Bridge Road, #01-109, Singapore 198783
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 2pm
9. Sin Chie Toke Huan
For those looking to satisfy your midnight craving for curry rice, Sin Chie Toke Huan at Upper Serangoon opens till 5am and is the place to go for a cheap and filling supper. One of the most popular combinations of curry rice, scrambled egg, white cabbage, and pork chop will cost you about $4.50. To end the meal off with something cold and sweet, get a bowl of Cendol ($2). Queues form pretty quickly the moment the stall opens at 6pm so be prepared to wait a little before you get your hands on the curry rice.
Check out our full review of Sin Chie Toke Huan!
Address: 1018 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534756
Opening hours: Daily 6pm to 5am
10. Hai Nan Hometown Curry
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A popular stall at Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, Hai Nan Hometown Curry tops their rice with rich and slightly spicy chicken curry. Unlike the rest on this list, you don’t get to point and pick the sides you want to go with your curry rice. Their Hainan Curry Chicken Cutlet Rice ($5) comes as a fixed plate, with rice, curry, potatoes and plenty of fried chicken. If you prefer, you can also get just a bowl of Curry Chicken ($4.50/$6.50) to go with rice ($0.50/$0.80) or a loaf of fluffy bread ($1).
Address: Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-49, Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, Singapore 270020
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9:30am to 8:30pm, or until everything is sold out
Guilty pleasure for all curry lovers
Nothing quite beats indulging in a plate of warm rice overflowing with a ladle full of curry gravy, and with this list, you can enjoy without having to worry about making a hole in your wallet! If curry rice is not quite your thing, we also have a list of cheap nasi lemak for you to enjoy a similarly hearty experience.