Student life can be pretty grueling. Class, assignments, exams… that’s why all students can look forward to on most days is a good lunch with equally awesome company. All we need is for the food to be cheap, good and easy to bond over. Here are some brilliant bites any smart student can find in the west.
Shopping malls are great for students to hang-out in. There’s air conditioning, lots of places to browse after lunch and most importantly, lots of options for them to munch on. Here are some favourites: For fans of spicy food, eastern favourite 328 Katong Laksa has a branch at Westgate, so you don’t have to travel all the way to the other side just for a taste of that rich gravy. Meanwhile, All Day Café serves up delicious fresh seafood sandwiches and tarts for very affordable prices. Or try Griddy, with a wide variety of sweet and savoury waffles as well as sandwiches. Their lunch promotions start from just $6.90 as well with many top-up options. Or you can go with 4 Fingers, the korean fried chicken chain that still attracts queues on a regular basis. Savour their spicy or soy garlic chicken and have it with some seaweed or kimchi fries! Just try to keep the homework and notes away… things can get messy. Finish it off with some yogurt at llao llao and you would have had yourself a fantastic afternoon.
Address: 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
2. Million Fishball Noodles
This stall claims to have sold a million fishballs, hence the name. Judging from their noodles, it’s easy to see why. The mee pok or mee kia noodles are consistently springy and they always give a very generous amount of fishballs to go along with it! If you like your noodles spicy, you’d be happy to know that the chili packs a punch too! All for just $2.80 or $3.50, depending on serving size.
Address: BGAIN 130 Eating House, 130 Jurong East St. 13, Singapore 600130
3. Hong Kong Street Chun Kee
This stir-fry stall serves up many things that you can share with friends and also the standard fried rice and hor fun that you tend to see at such an establishment but one particular dish stands out: the fish head/fish meat bee hoon soup is really good, with a rich and thick broth that’s almost good enough to drink on its own.
Address: 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-190, Singapore 150123
A trendy hangout spot for teenagers, students can take advantage of student deals at restaurants like Nando’s and Manhattan Fish Market for satisfying restaurant quality meals at a fraction of the price that adults pay! For those who love to snack, What The Fries! serves thick cut fries drizzled with a variety of sauces, that includes flavours of Chili Crab, Wasabi, Bolognese, Sweet Thai, Herb Mayo and Nacho Cheese. You can have it in a single serving size ($3.90), a double ($4.90), or have a them as a combo (+$1.50 for a drink).
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
5. Sushi Express at IMM
It’s really quite simple: just $1.50 for each sushi item. It’s pretty good value since each item comes with two pieces, so load up on the sashimi and sushi, guys.
Address: 2 Jurong East Street 21, #02-64, Singapore 609601
6. B.B.Q. Seafood
This humble stall in Taman Jurong might just serve the best sambal stingray on the island. Served sizzling hot on a hotplate, the stingray isn’t as typically charred as one might expect from most barbecue seafood stalls. However, the fiery hot sambal that it comes with makes this a dish to remember. So, gather a group of friends and try not to cry together. Hint: Use the fresh shallots sprinkled on the top of the dish to get some relief for your mouths!
Address: Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, #03-178, 3 Yung Sheng Road Singapore 618499
7. Annie’s Peanut Ice Kacang
This stall might have shifted around a few times in the past few years, but it’s still the same unique ice kachang you remember from Tanjong Pagar and Ghim Moh. While most ice kachangs are topped off with a layer of mushy red beans, Annie’s has an additional ingredient… freshly roasted ground peanuts! So, cool down with your best friends after a hot day at school with this unique, crunchy take on a true Singaporean classic.
Address: Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre #01-01, 3 Yung Sheng Rd, Singapore 618499
8. ENAQ Restaurant
The prata is a quintessential hang-out food and ENAQ does one of the most memorable spins of the dish. Besides being extra crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, their prata comes along with a little bit of ikan bilis belachan chili on the side! While it might sound weird, it actually compliments the curry and prata really well! Wash it down with a big cup of ice milo or bandung for maximum friendship effect.
Address: Block 303 Jurong East Street 32, Singapore 600303