Where the hustle and bustle meet the daily grind of keeping food expenses in check, there’s this website BudgetMealGoWhere you should check out.

It is all about helping foodies like us save money, while still enjoying good food.

Since May 2023, Housing & Development Board (HDB) and Government Technology Agency (GovTech) have been on a mission to help residents find wallet-friendly meals in our coffeeshops more easily.

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The BudgetMealGoWhere portal currently lists about 130 HDB rental coffee shops offering budget meals priced at $3.50, along with budget drinks priced at $1.20 and below. The portal also includes budget meal and drink options contributed by the public.

Budget meals and drinks will be offered at all 374 HDB coffee shops by 2026.

HDB rental coffee shops up for tenancy renewal are encouraged to provide budget meals and drinks as a condition for renewal of their tenancy.

To support these coffeeshops and keep business sustainable, HDB offers a 5% rental discount to encourage these coffee shops to offer more affordable food options to residents.

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For those of us who love to eat but need to watch our budget, finding these meals is super easy.

Just pop your postal code into BudgetMealGoWhere, and it will show you a list of coffee shops nearby where you can grab a bite without breaking the bank.

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Participating stalls will also display the orange Budget Meal sticker.

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And you know what? I found a “Kopitiam Corner” at Blk 476D Upper Serangoon View.

The coffeeshop has at least 10 different stalls, all offering at least one Budget Meal for $3 or less, and some of the offerings are really quite interesting.

There is quite a variety to choose from, and you won’t have to shell out a lot of cash. Here’s more:

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Kimly Seafood
Zha Jin Mui Fan
($3.00)
Kimly Seafood, with its multiple locations around the island, is a go-to for hearty zi char dishes.

Their Zha Jin Mui Fan at Kopitiam Corner here is priced at $3.00, making it one of the most budget-friendly zi char items around.

The dish comes wok-fried with prawns, sliced pork, and vegetables in a savoury sauce, that blankets over rice, complete with wok-hei.

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Ding Ji Teochew Noodle
Meatball Noodles
($3.00)
Among Ding Ji Teochew Noodle’s offerings, the Meatball Noodles stand out as an economical choice at $3.00.

This is one of my favourite dishes tried at this Kopitiam Corner, with springy noodles (I chose mee pok) with five meatballs tossed in a flavourful sauce, accompanied with a bowl of hot soup.

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Tenderfresh Pasta & Broiler (Halal)
Chicken Bolognese
($3.00)
Tenderfresh Pasta & Broiler is quite popular for offering a variety of Italian-style pasta and Western-style dishes that are both comforting and Halal-certified.

Their Chicken Bolognese is served with spaghetti and a savoury and slightly-sweet minced chicken sauce – a steal at $3.

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Face Ban Mian 非板面
Original You Mian
($3.00)
Face Ban Mian, established in 2012, has become a staple in Singapore’s Ban Mian scene. It has evolved from a singular hawker stall in Ang Mo Kio to many stalls across the island.

For those looking for value, their Original Soup Ban Mian features chewy long noodles, pork balls, fried ikan bilis, and vegetables in comforting broth.

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Rice Garden
Economy Rice (2 Veg & 1 Meat)
($3.00)
Rice Garden is part of the FairPrice Group’s initiative to make meals more affordable amid rising living costs.

The stall offers an economy rice option that includes 2 vegetables and 1 meat at inexpensive pricing, with further concessions for seniors and union members.

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Beauty Nutritious Soup
Braised Pork Rice
($3.00)
Beauty Nutritious Soup offers a variety of Hakka and Cantonese-style soups and home-style small dishes.

Its Braised Pork Rice, known as Lu Rou Fan, features tender, slow-cooked pork marinated in a rich, soy-based sauce over rice. Quite a surprise find for the portion and taste.

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Almubarak Restaurant (Halal)
Rice With Veg & Chicken Wing
($2.50)
The stall serves up a selection of authentic Indian Muslim cuisine offerings, including a range of flavourful rice dishes and sides.

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Teochew Fish Porridge Da Pai Dang 潮州鱼粥大排档
Handmade Meatball Soup & Rice
($3.00)
Teochew Fish Porridge Da Pai Dang offers variety of a fish soups accompanied by noodles, mee hoon, or rice, best dipped with the spicy, garlicky dipping sauce.

The Handmade Meatball Soup was one of my favourite budget meals in this coffee shop, with tender meatballs made out of minced pork in a flavourful soup with soft cabbage.

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Hua Zai Hong Kong Style Roasted Delight 华仔
Smoked Duck Hor Fun
($2.90)
Hua Zai Hong Kong Style Roasted Delight, with multiple outlets in Singapore, is celebrated for its wallet-friendly roasted meats.

The Smoked Duck Hor Fun has meaty, tender smoked duck, paired with smooth rice noodles.

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Economic Bee Hoon and Nasi Lemak
Economic Bee Hoon Set with Fish Fillet & Hot Dog
($3.00)
For just $3.00, customers can savour the Economic Bee Hoon Set, that features fish fillet and hot dog, accompanied by bee hoon (rice vermicelli).

Additionally, the stall offers a Nasi Lemak Set priced at $3.50, which includes a crispy chicken wing, egg, crunchy peanuts, fragrant rice, and a spicy chilli that ties the dish together.

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Kopi Kiosk
Kopi 0 ($1.00) and Teh O ($1.00)

For just $1.00, customers can enjoy a robust black Kopi O or Teh O which offers a soothing blend of strong, fragrant tea.

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Great Budget Meal Hunt
Join the Great Budget Meal Hunt and contribute to the growing list of budget-friendly options on the BudgetMealGoWhere portal.

Step 1: Visit the Great Budget Meal Hunt on CrowdTaskSG portal and search for a for a coffee shop near you.

Step 2: Choose to verify user-submitted budget meals or submit a new budget meal discovery.

Start hunting now!

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* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Ministry of National Development.

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