[UPDATED 25 Nov 2019]
Ever felt the need to catch a quick, yet filling, meal during your trip? Well, we have good news for you! Aside from cheap and good halal hawker food
, you can also find yummy halal food in Singapore's convenience stores. Stores such as Cheers and 7-Eleven can be found at gas stations, neighbourhood centres, shopping malls, MRT stations and bus interchanges.
Credit: 7-Eleven Singapore on Facebook
Most of these convenience stores sell literally anything and everything for your daily needs. Yes, including delicious ready-to-eat meals perfect for working adults and travellers! Just follow the instructions on the label and pop them into the store’s microwave. Cutlery is available at the cashier upon request.
To get you started, here’s a list of yummy and filling halal convenience store food in Singapore that you need to try (subject to the store’s stocks)?
P.S. Prices may differ at convenience stores located in the Central Business District!
Arguably the best convenience store in Singapore (and probably the world), there are more than 300 stores scattered all over Singapore. 7-Eleven has a wide selection of ready-to-eat meals and most of them can match the taste of the freshly-cooked versions of the meal ?
1. Butter Chicken Biryani (SGD 3.90)
The star of 7-Eleven’s pre-packed meals - the Butter Chicken Biryani, is so yummy that you'll be cravings for seconds! The portion of briyani rice is pretty generous with a small yet delicious serving of butter chicken curry.
Mix the butter chicken curry with some rice for the perfect meal! Don’t forget the yummy, tender chunks of chicken in the curry! They will melt in your mouth?
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2. Mac and Cheese (SGD 4.20)
This one's for the cheese lovers out there! Forget bland, unseasoned processed cheese, the mac and cheese from 7-Eleven gives cheese lovers the right amount of kick for a perfect cheese-licious meal. You won’t have to worry about eating dry pasta as every bite is loaded with cheese. There are also chunks of meat in the dish as well ?
If you're craving for more cheese, just add more cheese slices or shredded cheese (which can be found in some 7-Eleven outlets). Do check for the Halal sign though!
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3. Chicken Carbonara Penne (SGD 4.20)
One of the more common ready-to-eat meals you can find in most 7-Eleven outlets, the carbonara penne is a simple yet delicious, seasoned meal ?
With a good mix of meat and mushrooms, this pasta has a creamy texture but it has a milder taste as compared to the mac and cheese. It still makes a perfect meal for your hungry tummy though!
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4. Nasi Lemak (SGD 3.20)
A classic Malay dish, the Nasi Lemak is a balanced meal - perfect for a great start to your day ? And 7-Eleven sells just that. Coconut-flavoured fragrant rice alongside a piece of fried chicken, a small slice of egg omelette, fried anchovies and peanuts and spicy sambal make up 7-Eleven’s ready-to-eat Nasi Lemak.
After heating it up in the microwave, enjoy this really filling meal but do note, the sambal is a little spicy especially for those who are not used to spicy food. It's a meal worth trying though (especially with it's cheap price tag).
5. Japanese Curry Chicken (SGD 4.90)
Guess what, 7-Eleven sells ready-to-eat Japanese curry too. Though this may be one of the pricier ones on this list, it fills your stomach to keep your day going!
The star of the show, the thick curry goes extremely well with the pearl rice and tender fried chicken cutlet. It is well-seasoned with a slight tinge of spiciness to it.
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6. Kimchi Fried Rice (SGD 4.50)
7-Eleven’s Kimchi Fried Rice is for the kimchi lovers ? The Korean pickled vegetable is the main highlight of this ready-to-eat fried rice.
We love the strong taste of kimchi in the rice. Plus, it comes with just the right amount of spicy kick with a slightly sour taste. The fried rice is complete with a generous amount of chicken slices too!
7. Yakitori Chicken Wrap (SGD 3.50)
If you don’t have a huge appetite but still feel hungry, then 7-Eleven’s ready-to-eat wraps are just right for you. We especially love the Yakitori Chicken Wrap. The wrap is filled with chunks of grilled chicken and vegetables marinated in smoky teriyaki sauce, all in a tortilla wrap! ?
If you are not a fan of teriyaki sauce, the Chicken Bulgogi wrap is a good alternative! The wrap is filled with chicken chunks and spicy kimchi ?
8. Kim Choo Kid Rice Dumplings (SGD2.80)
It's not easy to find halal bak chang (rice dumplings) in Singapore but thanks to this addition to 7-Eleven's halal food offerings, you can now savour halal bak chang easily. The Nonya Chicken flavour has a good balance of sweet and salty, and the texture of the rice is just right. There's also a salted egg chicken flavour if you like all things salted egg! The portion might seem little, but it definitely makes up for a meal ?
9. 7-Eleven Sandwiches (SGD2.80-3.50)Credit: 7-Eleven Singapore on Facebook
7-Eleven's sandwiches are probably one of the yummiest meals you can have on the go! With mouthwatering options like chicken katsu (cutlet), egg and cheese, honey mustard chicken and more, you'll never see sandwiches the same way again. Plus, you don't even have to pop these in the microwave oven to savour them ?
Credit: Goomedo Singapore on Facebook
Earlier this year, 7-Eleven Singapore also started selling Japanese fruit sandwiches! Loaded with juicy fruits and cream, this one's perfect if you're in the mood for something sweet.
For those who prefer healthier ready-to-eat meals, the food at Cheers is perfect! Common Good's ready-to-eat meals contain no added preservatives and monosodium glutamate, or MSG ? You can find these meals in most Cheers stores.
10. Creamy Chicken Ham Alfredo (SGD 4.60)
Common Good’s creamy chicken ham alfredo tastes pretty good and it's pretty filling for a meal. A generous serving of chicken ham slices lay on top of herb-infused fusilli pasta smothered with cream sauce ?
But unlike most other convenience food items, this pasta isn’t seasoned heavily with herbs or salt, so it might taste a little bland to some people.
11. Beef Meatball Bolognaise (SGD 4.80)
If you are in a rush and have a hankering for tomato-based pastas, this one’s for you!
The beef meatballs are the star of the show despite there being only two of them. The pasta is a little underwhelming, but it is a decent, filling meal overall ?
Nothing spells convenience quite like instant noodles do ? There is an instant noodle aisle in every convenience store and supermarket in Singapore. The best part is that convenience stores like Cheers and 7-Eleven have a hot water tap to cook your instant noodles right at the store! Here are our top instant noodle picks:
12. Samyang Spicy Noodle
This was the talk of the town at one point in time. There was even a Samyang Spicy Noodle challenge and there have been many viral videos of people trying out the Samyang noodle on social media!
There are many different flavours, even a 2x spicy flavour but nothing beats the original “black-labelled” Samyang Spicy Noodle. The noodles may be spicy, but they are really addictive?
13. Maggi Hot Heads (Warning: Very Spicy)
Just a heads up, although this cup of noodles may be extremely delicious (and a little addictive), it is extremely spicy! ? So ready your cup of milk or water as you dig into this yummy cup of instant noodle, that's definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Maggi Hot Heads instant noodles comes in many flavours, but the more common ones are roast chicken and tom yum. Just soak the instant noodles in hot water for a few minutes, drain the water, add the ingredients and enjoy! ?
BONUS: CP Glass Noodles with Baked Shrimps (SGD 5.90)
There are many supermarkets island-wide, including Cold Storage and NTUC Fairprice. You can also find ready-to-eat meals here! One of our personal favourites is CP’s very own Glass Noodles with Baked Shrimps. It is a rare find but worth the mention ?
The glass noodles are seasoned well and there is a generous serving of mushrooms in the noodles. Overall, a delicious meal! ? It might take a little longer to heat up though, as it's a frozen meal.
Bet we've made you drool for some yummy convenience store food ? Now you don't have to worry about exploring Singapore on an empty stomach. Spend more time checking out the beautiful sites of Singapore while munching on your ready-to-eat meals!