Other than the delicacies easily available within the school compound, there’s plenty of amazing budget eateries well within reach for students craving for a little more than their usual fare. With its proximity to the Upper Bukit Timah Area, students at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) will never find themselves short of great and affordable food options. With the following 5 budget eateries, we hope you’ll never have to fork out more than $10 per meal anymore.
1) Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre
Clementi Central is easily accessible – it can be directly reached via buses; either 74 or 151. Located just a 3 minutes walk from Clementi MRT & bus interchange, Clementi 448 is convenient and you will definitely be spoilt for choice here. Home to several famous stores, you can easily identify them by the queues in the evenings and I must say, they’re really worth queuing for. My personal recommendation would be the Dong Po meat found at Soon Huat Cooked Food.
Of course, if you’re more pressed for time, there are so many other options that you can check out. All of them are excellent choices, with or without a long snaking queue in front.
2) Cheong Chin Nam Stretch
There’s a high chance you might get dizzy from having to decide between all the food choices you’ll be presented with when you step onto the awesome food-laden stretch of road called Cheong Chin Nam. There’s Indian Muslim food (Al-Azhaar and Al-Ameen), steaming hot and tender frog’s legs (Sin Ma Claypot Live Frog) and even Western food (Tenderfresh Classic) – even if you head there every single day of the week, you’ll probably need two weeks to cover every single store located within that magical stretch.
A lively, bustling and vibrant supper place, most eateries along the Cheong Chin Nam stretch remain open till the wee hours of the morning. Perfect for those late-night, deep talks with your friends about what life has in store for all of you.
Cheong Chin Nam Stretch: Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599739
3) Fei Shiong
Stashed away from the main street (Jalan Jurong Kechil) and nestled among the other eye-catching signboards of eateries in the food haven that is Upper Bukit Timah, you could easily miss Fei Shiong’s humble store front should you not keep your eyes peeled for it. If I ever did a list on the best tze char places in Singapore, Fei Shiong would definitely be featured within the top 5. On a gloomy, cold and rainy day, Fei Shiong’s fish steamboat would warm your insides perfectly.
Also, give their Har Cheong Gai (Prawn-paste fried chicken) a go. Crisp, full-flavored skin which gives way to piping hot tender meat? Yes, please. Any day.
Fei Shiong: 17 Lorong Kilat, Singapore 598139
4) Carpenter and Cook
Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t fill your stomach up with desserts: they obviously haven’t been to Carpenter and Cook, a quaint little cafe found along Upper Bukit Timah. Vintage knick-knacks can be found littered all over various corners and walls of the place – walking into Carpenter and Cook can sometimes make you feel as though you’re being transported back in time. Good news for vintage collectors: items displayed within the premises are usually up for sale; all you need to do is ask the friendly store assistants for some assistance and who knows? You might walk home satisfied with a fully restored typewriter!
Go crazy on their reasonably priced desserts and sweet treats: a slice of cake and a cup of coffee won’t set you back by much.
Carpenter and Cook: 19 Lorong Kilat, Singapore 598120 | Website
5) Nonya Deli @ Bukit Timah Plaza
I never fail to spot a healthy throng of people lining up for food in front of Nonya Deli whenever meal times roll around. And of course, the big fuss is understandable: their kuehs are to-die for. If you don’t think that your stomach is shallow enough to be satisfied with a few slices of orgasmic, lovingly homemade nonya kuehs, I’m pleased to tell you that the store’s menu features mee rebus, prawn mee and mee siam. All very hearty and traditional nonya food fare.
Also, the store owner is one of the most convincing salesperson ever: you can never leave the store without having bought something which you had absolutely no intentions of buying in the first place. Then again, nothing at Nonya Deli has disappointed me so… there’s nothing to worry about, except for a rapidly increasing waist line!