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
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Hidden in a corner of Far East Plaza, Kra Pow Thai Street Food is a casual eatery that serves up some real gems in the heart of Orchard Road. Tuck into classics 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 mains are under $10 here, with no added service charge or GST.
Their sharing plates are also not to be discounted. Crispy Thai Wings ($6.90) are a safe bet, but those who can handle the heat should go for the intimidatingly named Crying Tiger ($15.90). This contains grilled beef knuckle slices swimming in a fiery lime and chilli sauce and it is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #03-26/27, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228123
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9pm
Tel: 6734 1946
2. Baan Ying
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With nine outlets in Bangkok, Baan Ying is an established Thai chain that opened its doors to Singaporeans in 2018. They aim to provide modern yet authentic Thai dishes, true to what Thais really eat.
Dishes such as Tom Yum Seafood Fried Rice ($9.80++) will fill you up without breaking the bank, or opt for their DIY Omelette Rice (From $3.80++) to create your own omelette rice bowl. If you’ve got a bit more cash to splash, go for Shrimp & Acacia Omelette In Tamarind Curry Soup ($14.80++), which is a piquant sour curry that gets soaked up wonderfully by spongy omelette squares.
Address: 103 Irrawaddy Road, #02-07, Royal Square @ Novena, Singapore 329565
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 9111 7852
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.
Their a la carte menu is similarly affordable. Pick from noodle dishes such as Grilled Chicken Noodles ($6.90) and Basil Minced Chicken Jade Noodles ($6.90), which comes complete with a wobbly egg. Northern Chiangmai Khao Soi ($7.90) isn’t a common dish in Singapore, but it’s still worth ordering this delicious bowl of mee pok-esque noodles bathing in a coconutty curry and topped with a splash of lime and crispy noodles.
Address: 327 Beach Road, Singapore 199560
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6909 0759
4. Soi 47 Thai Food
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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: Mon-Sun 12pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, closed on Tuesdays
Tel: 6266 4747
5. Thai Tantric
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Orchard Towers has a questionable reputation as a sleazy mall, but put those qualms aside to enjoy no-frills, quality Thai grub at Thai Tantric. Tom Yum Fried Rice with Chicken ($6), Stir-fried Glass Noodle with Chicken ($8) and Pineapple Rice ($8) are all affordable options for a satisfying meal. If you want something to share with your buddies, get the Coconut Chicken Soup ($12). Beware if you order spicy dishes though, ’cause they certainly don’t hold back on the chilli.
Address: 400 Orchard Road, #03-44, Singapore 238875
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 9625 7523
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Located a stone’s throw away from Bugis MRT Station, KinMoo is a 50-seater restaurant co-owned by a Thai lady. The majority of their menu features pork and noodles. Some dishes to try are Baamee Keow Haeng Moo Dang ($6.90++) and Baamee Haeng Cha Kang Rao ($7.90++), a pork rib and minced pork noodle that’s akin to a Thai version of bak chor mee.
Address: 2 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-02, Singapore 188091
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 8795 1188
7. Saap Saap Thai
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Nestled in Our Tampines Hub, Saap Saap Thai is a halal-certified eatery that uses imported Thai sauces, herbs, and spices. Over 50 items are featured on the menu, such as Thai Glass Noodle Salad ($6.50/$8.50), Tom Yum ($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: Sun-Thur 11am to 9pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 9366 0322
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8. Thai Gold Food
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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: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 10pm, Sun 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6883 1575
9. Beerthai House
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Golden Mile Complex is Singapore’s Little Thailand, and Beerthai House is its hidden gem. An expansive menu is available, with standard fare such as Green Curry Fried Rice ($6) and Thai Beef Noodles ($6). There are also interesting dishes up for grabs, such as Yen Ta Four ($5) and Thai Laksa ($6). The former is a Thai version of yong tau foo. A personal favourite of mine is Papaya Salad with Salted Egg ($7), where the salty creaminess of a whole salted egg perfectly complements the sweet, sour and spicy papaya.
Address: 5001 Beach Road, #01-94/96, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6291 2267
10. Nangfa Thai Kitchen
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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 nett. Don’t forget to quench your thirst with their signature Homemade Thai Ice Milk Tea ($3).
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Address: Blk 136 Bedok North Avenue 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!