When Thai food is mentioned, the typical green curry, pineapple fried rice, phad Thai and even Thai milk tea would immediately spring to mind. One more classic Thai dish would be Thai boat noodles, a dish that has been served since 1942.
Though many Thai eateries and restaurants now serve the dish in hearty, one-bowl meal sizes, the dish’s historical identity partially stems from the fact that they are served in small bowls which can easily be finished in a couple of mouthfuls, and are typically served at low prices.
Of course, we wouldn’t be able to get boat noodles that cost just S$0.30 in Singapore as we would find in Bangkok, but that doesn’t mean that our foodie nation doesn’t have any cheap Thai boat noodle options. Here we have sussed out a list of 6 places in Singapore that serve Thai boat noodles with prices from just S$0.60 per bowl!
Starting out humbly along the back alleys of Bangkok, the restaurant, as well as its menu, has grown exponentially since its first outlet opened in Malaysia in 2014.
Their boat noodle selection is limited to two classic flavours priced at just S$1.20 per bowl but, make no mistake that by the end of your meal, you’ll probably be shocked by the number of bowls you have towering over your table.
5 Changi Business Park Central 1
Changi City Point #B1-34A
Daily: 11.30am – 9pm
Nearest Station: Expo
BKK BISTRO & BAR
Situated within ORTO, BKK Bistro & Bar serves a menu centred around Thai fare. Their Thai boat noodles are probably one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) you can get in Singapore these days.
Costing just 80 cents pew bowl, their mini Thai boat noodles come in 2 different soup bases—original and tom yum. On top of the soup base, you can choose your noodle type and toppings, which means that there are around a whopping 50 different combinations to explore!
81 Lorong Chencharu
Tel: +65 6757 3393
Daily: 5pm – 3am
Nearest Station: Khatib
THE THAI SOCIETY
Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk away from MacPherson MRT, The Thai Society is an eatery popular for their Thai boat noodles for good reason.
Their smallest bowl of boat noodles is priced at just S$1++ per bowl. Diners will get to choose their noodle type, soup base and toppings. If you are one that doesn’t mind breaking out in sweat from intense fieriness, try out their Ma La soup broth! The Thai Society also serves boat noodles in medium size (S$7) and supersize (S$19).
16 MacKenzie Road #01-01
Tel: +65 6252 5565
Daily: 11am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Little India
Serving up hearty bowls of Thai Boat noodles that come in various flavours, Tiew Mai Thai Boat Noodle is one place you should definitely check out to get your fix of this Thai favourite.
The menu consists of three types of soup bases (Pork/Beef/Tom Yum) with a variety of noodles for you to choose from. The small version will set you back by S$1.80 and it takes just 2 to 3 mouthfuls to wipe the bowl clean, making it an ideal option if you’d like to sample a greater variety.
1187 Upper Serangoon Road
The Midtown Residences
Tel: +65 6238 0184
Mon to Fri: 12.30pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 12.30pm – 4pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Hougang
GU THAI NOODLE CAFE
Gu Thai is one of the hottest spots for a quick Thai boat noodle fix in town. Their small boat noodle will set you back by S$1.90 per bowl which can easily be finished in 2 mouthfuls. If you’re feeling peckish, order up the larger version which costs S$7.90 per serving.
They are also known for their potent chilli that’s so fiery, it is black in colour. Unless you’re confident in eating extremely spicy food, we’d suggest that you go easy on this because it can really have you tear up and run to the loo in minutes.
1 Selegie Road
#01-04 PoMo Mall
Daily: 11am – 5am
Nearest Station: Bencoolen
NOODLE CAFE @ GOLDEN MILE COMPLEX
Golden Mile Complex is known to be Singapore’s very own Little Thailand, selling anything and everything that you can expect to find in the streets of Bangkok. Of course, this also means that the complex is home to stall that dishes out Thai boat noodles!
Costing S$1.90 per bowl, Noodle Cafe is a popular spot for many to sit down, unwind and have an affordable and light bowl of Thai boat noodles for a snack.
5001 Beach Road
Golden Mile Complex #B1-08
Tel: +65 8666 6675
Daily: 10am – 5am