Maxwell Road Hawker Stalls – Eating on a Budget in Singapore

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Budget eating in Singapore. Maxwell Road Hawker Food Center. Endless stalls presenting food from all over Asia at affordable prices. How we did it.

Spicy Cashew Chicken, White Rice and Sour Soup - Singapore
Spicy Cashew Chicken, White Rice and Sour Soup

Three nights in Singapore with a tight budget, surrounded by ultra expensive restaurants and bars. Here is how we survived.

Hawker Food Aisle, Singapore
Hawker Food Aisle, Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

Maxwell Road Hawker Food Centre

Foodies rejoice! Here you will find literally hundreds of food stalls lined up beside each other with endless aisles and thousands of food and drink offerings.

Hawker Booth - Singapore Food-Court
Hawker Booth – Singapore Food-Court

Never enough tables, always long lines. Take your time to walk around and carefully look at the offerings and prices. This place is budget paradise, but watch out for stalls with no prices and clarify the price before confirming the order. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, most stalls are very friendly and helpful. Wait for your order politely to the side. Good luck finding a table; sit wherever there is a free seat and enjoy! Most of the hawkers are informative and friendly. Have fun trying several different stalls and dishes – be adventurous. Prices start at around $2.50 for a dish and go up from there. Trays are available, as are chopsticks, plastic spoons and sometime forks.  Take your own serviettes or tissues! Drinks are sold at separate stalls.

Hawker Stall, Singapore - Chef at Work
Hawker Stall, Singapore – Chef at Work

Here is a breakdown of some of the Asian dishes we tried  while at the Maxwell Road Singapore food court. Note: SGD$1 is approx. USD$0.70 or Euro 0.65 (Feb. 2017)

Hang Kee Cantonese Cooked Food -Spicy Chicken fried Vermicelli Noodles with Chicken SGD$6 – the noodles were good, the chicken was questionable. Probably overpriced for what we got.

Chicken Fried Vermicelli Noodles, Spicy - Hawker Stall, Singapore
Chicken Fried Vermicelli Noodles, Spicy

Food Street Fried Kway Teow Mee – Always line-ups here so we figured it was a good bet. Cockles Fried Kway Teow Mee SGD$4 – Incredibly delicious.  Seafood Fried Kway Teow Mee SGD$5 – Delicious

Cockles Fried Kway Teow Mee - Hawker Food, Singapore
Cockles Fried Kway Teow Mee

Super Mummy Cafe – Passion Fruit Juice SGD$2. Lime Juice SGD$1.

Super Mummy Cafe - Hawker Stall, Singapore
Super Mummy Cafe – Hawker Stall, Singapore

Bangkok Thai Food – Fried Chicken Cashew Nuts Set (with white rice and sour soup) SGD$6 – This was so good, I ate it twice during our stay, however, although still good, it tasted / was prepared different the second time. Fried Spring Rolls SGD$5 – who doesn’t like spring rolls?! Green Curry with white rice SGD$5 – nice. Pad Thai SGD$5 – ate this twice.  An additional SGD$1 was added to the price of each dish due to Chinese New Year, so this increased the price drastically, but the food was so good, we splurged.

Green Curry and Cashew Chicken Set, Hawker Food, Singapore
Green Curry and Cashew Chicken Set with White Rice

Travelers Palm Vegetarian – Fried Noodles with tofu and curry cabbage SGD$2.50 – tasty. Same dish with 2 added vegetables SGD$3.50. Curry potatoes with crispy chicken and fried noodles SGD$3 – very good, the curry potatoes were amazing.

Curry Potatoes, Noodles, Crispy Chicken - Singapore, Hawker
Curry Potatoes, Noodles, Crispy Chicken

Water: SGD$1 / 1 liter, Soda: SGD$1.50 / 250 ml

Dessert: Mango Bingsu SGD$2.50 Korean shaved ice with fruit and condensed milk – sweet 😋

Note: SGD$1 is approx. USD$0.70 or Euro 0.65 (Feb. 2017)

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