Accessible and affordable Thai food in Singapore
There’s a reason why we’re all so obsessed with Thailand. Shop til ya drop, eat til ya burst, and it’s all “cheap cheap!” But food is always the main priority for us, and as much as we’d love to fly over for some tom yum and mango sticky rice, it’d be 100/100 if we could have some here. Good news is, there are loads of affordable Thai food here in Singapore that can help you relive your last BKK trip!
1. Nakhon Kitchen
If you’re looking for a good Thai zi char place, Nakhon is it. Must-tries include Green Curry ($8), Tom Yam Soup ($6) and Honey Chicken ($6). For an individual meal option, get Thai Phad Thai ($5) or Pineapple Fried Rice ($6) – one bite of this will show you why they always have such long queues outside their door.
Address: Block 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-341, Singapore 530212
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6286 8785
2. Tuk Tuk Cha
With their newest outlet in Suntec City, Tuk Tuk Cha offers light snacks such as Thai Tea Kaya On Golden Toast ($4.80 for 6 cubes), Aloha Coconut Shibuya Toast ($11.50) and Golden Toast with Condensed Milk and Milo ($3.80). Quench your thirst with a classic cup of Thai Milk Tea ($2.80) that comes close to what you’ll get in BKK. With limited seats, it’s best to just take the snacks away and enjoy it as you shop around Suntec City.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-605A, Suntec City Tower 3, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 9pm
Tel: 8799 8722
3. Diandin Leluk
This is for all the night owls out there. If you’ve got a craving for Thai in the middle of the night, Diandin Leluk has got you covered. Signature dishes like Papaya Salad ($6/$10/$12) and Tom Yum Fried Rice with Seafood ($6/$12/$22/$32) are available in different sizes, and they have one of the better versions of Red Ruby ($3) in Singapore.
Address: 5001 Beach Road, #01-67/68/69, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Tel: 6293 5101
4. Jai Thai
Located just 5 minutes away from Raffles Institution in Bishan, Jai Thai is a popular hangout for students. And it’s no wonder, since you can have a substantial meal for less than $10! Dishes such as Tom Yum Seafood ($5), Pad Thai ($5), Olive Rice ($5) and Pandan Chicken ($2 per piece) rank as favourites, and you can upsize your meal if you’re exceptionally hungry. It gets crowded on weekends so make sure to arrive early or make a reservation beforehand.
5. Joe’s Kitchen Thai Cuisine
This simple and cozy Thai joint owned by Joe is his dream turned into reality. Dedicating himself to providing delicious Thai food in Singapore, you’ll enjoy dishes like Basil Pork with Egg ($7.50), Pad Thai ($6), and Thai Fried Vermicelli ($6). With easy parking and access, Joe’s Kitchen Thai Cuisine is a good place to go for a quick BKK fix!
Address: 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-182, Singapore 150125
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm
Tel: 6270 8484
6. Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe
Spicy Thai maybe not be the cheapest on this list, but they offer value for money. Using Thai methods of cooking such as charcoal fire and importing tea leaves from Thailand for their signature Thai Iced Tea ($2.50), Spicy Thai makes an effort to serve original flavours as much as possible. Try Fish Maw Crab Meat Abalone Soup ($28) that is served in a coconut husk, and the all-time favourite Lala Fried Bee Hoon ($18). If you’re looking for sharing portions great for family dinners, this place is perfect for you.
Check out our full review of Spicy Thai – Thai Cafe!
Address: 115 Aljunied Avenue 2, #01-35, Singapore 380115
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 12am
Tel: 6747 8558
7. Kanoom Little Thai Cafe
Kanoom Little Thai Cafe might be a little difficult to find but it’s certainly worth a trip. Have the classic mango sticky rice, Khao Niew Mamuang ($6), which is made with ingredients directly imported from Thailand. For something unique, Steamed Bread with Durian Dip ($5) is a must-try as well!
Address: Blk 7, #02-102, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Singapore 081007
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am to 8pm, Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat 11am to 8pm
Tel: 6803 7874
8. Noodle Cafe
Offering Thai Boat Noodles for $1.90 and a choice of upgrading to a bigger bowl for $5, Noodle Cafe is in it to win the hearts of Singaporeans. Choose from a variety of meats such as beef and pork, as well as type of noodles including bee hoon, glass noodles, tung hoon and meekia. You can also customise the level of spiciness and have it dry, with clear soup or tomyum!
Address: 1 Rochor Canal, #01-05, Sim Lim Square, Singapore 188504
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 9pm
Tel: 9005 1877
9. Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen
Located near PoMo, Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen is one of the more convenient Thai places on this list for your next gathering. If you’re feeling ravenous, go for a generous portion of Pad Thai ($6.50). If you’re in a big group, order dishes like Seafood Tom Yum ($10) and Thai Basil Beef ($12) to share.
Address: 262 Middle Road, Elias Building, Singapore 188989
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 6am
Tel: 6336 8812
10. Jane Thai
Jane Thai used to be THE place to jio your friends to for a cheap dinner at Orchard. They’ve relocated to East Coast Road, but true Thai food junkies would make a trip to the East for some Green Curry with Chicken ($10) and Phad Thai Goong ($8.50) here.
Address: 41 East Coast Road, Singapore 428761
Opening hours: Sun-Mon, Wed-Thur 11:30am to 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 12am
Tel: 6209 0448
Experience BKK for less
Even if you’ve never been to the land of coconut ice-cream, it’s still easy to fall in love with Thai food. With this list, you won’t have to fly over for a taste – you can prep yourself here for their gastronomical delights! If you’ve got a favourite Thai place, let us know in the comments below.