10 Hearty Halal Meals In Orchard (Under $10!) That Aren’t Fast Food


Farzana •  Sep 21, 2017

Orchard Road isn't just a shopper's paradise. For those who turn to food as a source of therapy, the busy streets do not disappoint. Instead of the usual fast food joints available, there's tons of hidden gems waiting to be explored. When you've tired yourself out from all the walking and window-shopping, sit back and enjoy a scrumptious meal under $10! ?

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1. Fish & Chicks

Sick of all the Korean fried chicken you've been consuming? Fish & Chicks has got the best deal! For all your fried fish cravings, this eatery hooks everyone with their selections.

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Have your fish slathered in salted egg yolk or chilli crab sauce (you can try both when you order their Best of Both Worlds, which we totally recommend!) Accompany the meal with golden fries and an added preference of either mashed potato, cheese pasta, blueberry coleslaw, onion rings or BBQ baked beans! Although it may cause a little more to get the Best of Both Worlds ($13.90), you can share the meal with someone, pay fifty-fifty but enjoy the meal full price ?

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Try their famous Salted Egg Fish & Chips (S$10.90) or Crispy Fish Burger (S$7.90) for a cheaper alternative! Too fishy for you? The "Hawaiian Chicken" ($8.90) offers a burst of flavor with the creamy cheese, ham and pineapples as a complementary to the tender chargrilled chicken. An added bonus is the extravagant lobsters, if you don't mind the splurge! The Lobster Mentaiko Pasta ($16.90) is perfect company for two! With a choice of chilli crab, mentaiko, or cheese as various sauce options, it'll make lunch time so satisfying ? Whatever tickles your fancy, Fish & Chicks has it for you.

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Want a more Asian twist? Try their green curry chicken cutlet; a juicy chicken piece that's deep-fried to crisp perfection. Enjoy the meal with green curry sauce and sweet pineapple fried rice for a fulfilling meal ?

Average price: SGD 8 - 13

Address: 8 Grange Road, #B1-01, Cathay Cineleisure, Singapore 239693

Telephone: 9828 3490

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-930PM

2. Puncak Best Noodles

Head down to Puncak Best Noodles for a meal on a budget! Sink your teeth into homely dishes like the tze char and claypot rice - comforting to your belly (and wallet).

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Slurp away with the Honey Dew Chicken Noodles (SGD 4.50), a fusion of sweet and savoury flavours! Don't worry, no fruits were harmed in the process ? The dish’s addictive syrupy gravy and dewy look makes the name perfect for the dish.

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Get those chopsticks moving and stuff yourself silly with a plate of Fried Wantons (SGD 5/7/10)! You’ll certainly be left wanting another serving?

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Average price: SGD 10

Operating hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-9.30PM

Address: 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza #05-93/94, Singapore 228213

3. Minang House Traditional Nasi Padang

With a variety of side dishes, Minang House is set to impress! It's perfect for those with a soft spot for Malay dishes like petai prawns and ayam panggang.

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With an ever-changing menu as you'll get to customised your plate each time, you’ll always be trying something newand keep coming back for more!

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Average price: SGD 10

Operating hours: Open daily; 11AM-9PM

Address: 304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza #02-04, Singapore 238863

4. Maki-San

Be your own sushi chef and customise your box of rolls at Maki-San, the first of its kind in Singapore! Put on your chef's hat and decide what goes inside your rolls (egg, seaweed or soy wrap) and it'll be your craft in the making! And did we mention they come in adorable assorted boxes? ?

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Create your own healthy salad bowl with ingredients like salmon sashimi, edamame and sweet potato noodles. Now, healthy eating wouldn't be a dread anymore ? If that doesn't sound like your plate of goodness, deep-fry your sushi for only $1.50 more ? Lettuce get rolling!

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Average price: SGD 10

Operating hours: Sun-Thu; 11.30AM-9.30PM, Fri-Sat; 11.30AM-12AM

Address: 8 Grange Road, #01-04 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore 239695

5. Ayam Penyet Ria

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Devilishly spicy sambal accompanies your plate of the smashingly famous Ayam Penyet Ria! It packs a punch and is so hot among customers, but are you up for a spicy challenge? ?

Ayam Penyet (SGD 7.40)

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The crispy skin chicken usually gets us drooling but for a nutritious meal, the chicken is boiled with herbs and later served with a salad. All this, before the chicken gets to be ultra-crispy! Healthy and delicious.

Tahu Telor (SGD 6.50)

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For our vegetarian friends, don’t chicken out yet ? Ayam Penyet Ria has a few vegetarian-friendly dishes like Tahu-Tempe Penyet and famous Tahu Telor (a combination of tofu omelette and peanut sauce!)

Average price: SGD 10

Operating hours: Mon-Fri; 11AM-10PM

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #01-45 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863

6. Bebek Goreng Pak Ndut

Bebek Goreng Original With Rice (SGD 9.90)

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An uncommon sight, the duck in Ayam Penyet style is here to change the ballgame. If you’re sold by the thought of the crackling, savoury taste, you'll love duck skin for its extra crispiness! Order a side of Kulit Bebek Goreng / Crispy Duck Skin (SGD 4.90) and you'll be a fan. Or better yet, how about killing two birds with one stone and ordering both the Ayam Penyet Original With Rice and a serving of duck on its side?

Ayam Penyet Original With Rice (SGD 7.90) on the left, fried duck on the right

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Average price: SGD 7 - 10

Operating hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-10PM

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #01-45 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863


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CRAVE has become synonymous with Nasi Lemak, so you know their plate of steaming coconut rice and juicy chicken will make you crave for more each time ? The Royal Rumble ($6.90) is fit for a king or queen and nails the nasi lemak experience with fried chicken wing and begedil. Who says a good meal has to be fancy all the time?

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Telephone: 6238 7181

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-58/59 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801

8. Riverside Indonesian BBQ

We know chicken seems to be a popular choice on the list, but we can't possibly leave out Riverside Indonesian BBQ's Ayam Panggang Set ($6.80), can we? ? The grilled goodness of the chicken, thick BBQ sauce and curry gravy will make you wish you can fly to Indonesia right now. But you don't have to, for Orchard Road is right around the corner!

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Add more black sauce to your plate for a rush of sweetness! Balance the sweet with spicy from the sambal sauce and it'll give your tastebuds a river of flavors!

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Telephone: 6733 1180

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM-10PM

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-44 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895

9. Es Teler 77 Juara

Mie Ayam (SGD 5)

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You don't need a stellar budget to dine at this one ? Puns aside, the name comes from the beloved shaved ice dessert, piled with assorted fruits and condensed milk. Be warned - You're in for a sweet treat! Tell us, would you like something more filling? Consider the Mie Ayam orSiomay (SGD 6.50) - fish dumplings in peanut sauce, and you can't go wrong. Make sure to make room for desserts!

Es Teler (SGD 4)

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Without a doubt, the Es Teler is the chain’s best s(t)eller! Jackfruit, young coconut, and avocado are refreshing choices for those with a sweet tooth. Perfect for sunny days!

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An Indonesian meal isn't complete without the classic Teh Botol (SGD 2.50).  With the aromatic jasmine tea, end your meal on a tea-rrific high ☺️

Average price: SGD 10

Operating hours: Open daily; 11AM-10PM

Address: B1-02 Cathay Cineleisure, Singapore 239695

10. Cahaya Restaurant

Huge portions and small prices, that's what Cahaya Restaurant offers! Their generous hotplate portion is only going to set you back $5!

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The restaurant also offers various selections of noodles - roasted, dried or soupy, from only $3.50!

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Telephone:6734 8434

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 1130AM-9PM

Address: 14 Scotts Road, #05-69/91/92 Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213

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Alas, even if you're trying to control your spending habits, it's no harm to indulge in great food. You'll stretch your wallet for what it's worth and leave with a satisfied tummy. Tucked amidst the pricey diners lie precious gems that don't strip away all your dollars and cents. Eat to your heart's content and you'll be coming back to Orchard Road for more than your shopping spree.