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Cheap eats around City Hall

Map of cheap eating places around City Hall area

It’s hard to have a cheap meal when you are in town because food establishments are usually overpriced there. However, it’s not impossible if you know where to go. Here are my suggestions on cheap places to eat at in Cityhall. Click on the map if you want to view a larger version.

1. Singapore Management University Koufu Food Court – The map says Li Ka Shing Library, but if you take the escalator down, or if you enter by the Lee Kong Chean School of Business and take the escalator down (both are accessible to the public), you will be able to access the Koufu Food court. Try the coffee at the drinks stall. A kopi costs only $0.80 and a kopi with ice costs only $1.10. They also have coffee bun sets that come with 2 soft-boiled eggs. You can ask for the eggs to be changed to 1 bun if you desire. The coffee bun set costs about $2.30 only!

2. Hog’s Breath at Chijmes – Doesn’t strike as a cheap place to eat, however during the lunch hours, they have a special lunch menu where you can have their signature prime rib set lunch at only $21.90. It comes with a regular slab of prime rib, plus soup and dessert! Now is that a good deal or what? And if you come on Mondays, they have a 1 for 1 promotion.

3. Peninsula Plaza – Once again, if you take the escalators down to the basement, you will find a mish mash of of very affordable cafes. There is a Myanmar cafe, and Indian restaurant, a Thai Cafe and a food court like place but with individual seating areas for each stall….The cheapest thing there as far as I can see is the cai fan (mixed rice) stall. 2 vegetables and 1 meat costs only $2.80 as compared to the Raffles City food court which charges over $4 for the same combination.

4. Funan The Digital Life Mall – There is a Food Junction food court on the 5th floor, with the usual selections. Only problem is, there is no cai fan stall. There are also several other restaurants at Funan, such as TCC, Sakae Sushi, A Roy Thai, Paradise Inn, Bishamon Ramen, but of course these are at restaurant prices and not so cheap.

5. YY Kafeidian at the end of Purvis Street – Cheap coffee and tea. Refer to my previous post for more information

6. Ah Teng Bakery at Raffles Hotel – Okay disclaimer. This is not a cheap place to eat. However, it is one of the cheaper places to eat within Raffles Hotel, if you want to be seen eating at Raffles Hotel. Ah Teng Bakery, apart from selling some baked goods, actually is a restaurant selling local dishes such as Nasi Lemak, Hor Fun, Lamb Curry etc. These cost more than $10, which means they are local dishes at restaurant prices. And here’s the clincher. The most expensive teh tarik in Singapore! I once had teh tarik at Ah Teng, it cost $4.50!!!! It was a very good glass of teh tarik, and I did not waste a single drop, naturally. Still, $4.50 is okay to pay if you want to “relax” at Raffles Hotel right????

7. Raffles City – KIV. Will write another post about this soon.

8. Capitol Building – Cheap Hainanese Chicken rice. $5 for Roast Chicken thigh rice with a serving of gizzards.

9. The Adelphi – Hardly anybody goes here without any reason because the Adelphi has mostly hi-fi shops and some spa and camera shops. Tucked right at the back of the 1st floor, there is a tiny store not much bigger than 1 or 2 hdb rooms, selling cai-fan (mixed rice). 2 vegetables and 1 meat costs only $2.80. For the meat, I suggest you select their house speciality chicken cutlet. The food is really very good and tastes like the home-cooked type. I used to come here almost every day. Add a drink and the total cost is $3.50. I heard that the cut fruits sold there are the cheapest in the vicinity. There is a long queue just to buy the fruits. Don’t come here with a big group for lunch, coz there are only 5 or 6 tables there. But people are friendly and will share seats with strangers easily because everyone knows the place is very cramped. Just don’t wear your best shirt here because there can be accidents.

Old Hong Kong Cafe

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Ever since Yakun decided to cut on its quality and serve slip shod toast, I have been trying to find new and reliable places to have my toast fix. In my previous post, I mentioned that I really love the Butter Sugar Toast at Toastbox. No, I have not knocked it off it’s pedestal, but allow me to recommend this other place that also serves wonderful toast, although different from the Yakun and Toastbox types.

Let me recommend to you the humble Peanut Butter and Condensed Milk toast from Old Hong Kong Cafe!! Frankly, I can’t decide which I like more, the Butter Sugar one, or this one, although I would probably say perhaps the Peanut Butter one is slightly healthier? The combination of sticky peanut butter combined with the sweet condensed milk on an ultra fluffy toasted piece of white bread, it’s just simply wonderful!!! I actually don’t think you can find this anywhere else in Singapore, although it would not be difficult to replicate it if you request for it.

That above is definitely not for those unfamiliar with condensed milk. I took it upon myself to personally recommend this to several overseas visitors, and I could positively see them gagging at the thought of eating liquid sugar. (It’s not that sweet I think! I would have preferred more condensed milk!!) And this is not some new-fangled thing because my father loves it very much too, possibly more than I love it!

Ok anyway, well apart from the toast, Old Hong Kong Cafe, being like any other HK Cafe, has about 200 (or more?) other items on the menu. It used to be the cheapest HK Cafe around, but it has since revised its prices about $0.50 – $2 upwards. Still, this is my favourite HK Cafe. The food tastes better, the seating is more spacious and they just seem to exude a slightly different vibe as compared to the other more “generic” HK Cafes. The toast above now costs $2. A cup of HK Milk Tea also costs $2. If you spend above $5, they give you a little chop on your loyalty card, which you can redeem for a free drink after 5 chops. And if you spend above $50 on a single visit, they give you a free chicken dish on your next visit.

Oh btw, although it’s a Hong Kong Cafe, do brush up on your Mandarin as most of the serving staff are from China.

Old Hong Kong Cafe – Open 24 hours everyday
86 East Coast Road
Blk A Katong Village #01-01/10 Singapore 428788
Tel: 6345 1932
Opening hours: 24 hours, 365 days a weeks

The Asian Kitchen

I like going to The Asian Kitchen. It is one of the cheapest places to eat, that isn’t a coffeeshop or foodcourt. You can easily get a meal for 2, for about $20 in total. My favourite branch is the one at Raffles City Shopping Centre. This branch serves the crispy roast duck, which isn’t available in other branches such as the Citylink one. The small serving is more than enough for 2 people, and only costs $9.90. If you order another plate of vegetables like the Treasures Plate, it costs about $6.90.

Apart from the duck, other dish portions are just enough for you to be sufficiently full for dinner. Admittedly that could be one reason why The Asian Kitchen is cheaper, but sometimes, you really don’t need that much food so why pay more for more food that you don’t need? The restaurant is also rather cramped, so you definitely can’t bring your business associates there, unless you manage to get the booth seats, which are few and far between. But still, the price tag and the really delicious roast duck beckons to me every few weeks or so.

Asian Kitchen Roast Duck

McGriddles is yummy!!

You know what, many people would frown upon this post, but the truth is the truth and I am not embarrassed to say it. I love McGriddles from McDonalds!!!

They’ve had a long time in coming up with a new breakfast item, and they finally did so with McGriddles sometime earlier this year or last year perhaps. You know even from the ad on TV, I already knew that it would be something I would really like. But because people around me don’t really want to go to McDonalds, I never got the chance to try it.

Well I finally did last week, and it is TASTY. I got the McGriddles with Sausage and Egg. It is similar to the Sausage and Egg McMuffin, but I believe the sausage patty is somewhat bigger. But what makes it really different is the 2 halves of the bun that they have soaked in Maple Syrup. The entire combination when chomped together goes really well!

I have no idea as to the fat content of this thing, but I am definitely going to have it again sometime soon, and perhaps go for a jog after that. McGriddles is available in Singapore, but I don’t know if they already have it in other countries. I’ve tried the breakfast biscuit in USA, which is again something like the Sausage and Egg McMuffin but with biscuits as the buns instead of bun bun. It was decadent but so delicious. I wish we had that in Singapore too.

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My McGriddles…

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And I love hash browns too.

Tea and Toast at Toastbox

Tea and Toast

Tea and Butter & Sugar Toast from Toastbox. Something so simple tastes so good!!! The best butter sugar toast definitely has to come from Toastbox. This is like the ONLY place in Singapore that I know of that actually butters the toast for you. You would be surprised that most establishments do not butter the toast! What they do is shove in some slices of butter onto the toast. There is no way the butter is going to melt evenly onto the toast, if it melts to begin with. Too bad Toastbox isn’t more widely available as compared to Yakun. They have one at Raffles City, Suntec City, Vivo City and several other places. And I really love their old fashioned decor with all the old pictures too. If they just had some nice plush cushioned sofas, I could spend the entire day there with a laptop!

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