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Affordable Singapore Restaurant – Sin Swee Kee

Sin Swee Kee restaurant

Singapore may be the world’s most expensive city according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) but when it comes to food there are still lots of very affordable Singapore restaurants. You just have to know where to look. Just take Seah Street in downtown Singapore for example. On one side of the street there is the Raffles Hotel where you can have a Singapore Sling for $29 plus GST and service charge. Cross the street and you can have a good meal for two at Sin Swee Kee Restaurant for $13.30 inclusive of GST, and there is no service charge.

Sin Swee Kee

Purvis Street and Seah Street are like the chicken rice capital of Singapore. Yet Con and Chin Chin Eating House are at Purvis Street; Zheng Swee Kee and Sin Swee Kee are at Seah Street. Each of these restaurants will have their supporters who will say that their favourite outlet serves the best chicken rice in Singapore. We are not going to get into that debate. We went to Sin Swee Kee Restaurant for lunch simply because we were hungry and looking for a pleasant affordable restaurant.

Singapore Restaurant Sin Swee Kee

Affordable Singapore Restaurant Sin Swee Kee

Sin Swee Kee Restaurant at Seah Street is a simple eating house. They do put in some effort in terms of the interior decor but on the whole the place looks fairly basic and is unlikely to be featured in any design magazine.  However, it is quite spacious and the tables are fairly well spaced out. We went there for lunch and felt cool and comfortable inside the restaurant.

Sin Swee Kee is known for its chicken rice but like many affordable Singapore restaurants it also serves a variety of dishes, noodles and fried rice. They have dishes like pork chops, salt and pepper prawns, ngoh hiang, spring rolls and fried noodles.

Sin Swee Kee Chicken Rice

Sin Swee Kee Chicken Rice

We ordered a chicken rice set ($7, plus $1 if you want chicken drumstick) and a hor fun with ginger and onions ($5). Coffee was $1.30. The set menu really represents good value for money. You get chicken, rice, soup, a plate of stir-fried  vegetables and a glass of barley drink.

The roasted chicken had a nice texture and was tender. The rice was well cooked and quite tasty. Black soy sauce, chili sauce and a green ginger and spring onion sauce were on the table so that you could help yourself to as much as would suit your taste. Sin Swee Kee’s version of the chicken rice chilli was good. The hor fun came in a fairly generous portion. It looked soupy and pale but was delicious. The taste of ‘wok hei’ was clearly discernible.

Sin Swee Kee restaurant at Seah Street

Sin Swee Kee restaurant at Seah Street

So we had a fulfilling and enjoyable lunch with drinks for a total of $14.30, less than half the price of a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel across the street. We would say to those doing research for the EIU, stay at the Raffles Hotel if you must but do check out the many affordable Singapore restaurants – like Sin Swee Kee restaurant at Seah Street, a simple local restaurant that serves good food at very reasonable prices.

Singapore Sling
Singapore Sling

Food : 3
Service : 3
Value : 4
Atmosphere : 2
Overall Rating : 3 TOP    3 Tops


Sin Swee Kee restaurant
34-35 Seah Street
Singapore 188391‎

Tel: +54 6337 7180

Opening Hours : 11:00 am – 10:30 pm

Nearby Stations : Esplanade, City Hall


#Street Fact – Seah Street is named after Seah Eu Chin, who also has Eu Chin Street named after him. He is the father of Seah Liang Seah and his gambier plantation  stretched for eight to ten miles, from tf River Valley Road to Bukit Timah Road and Thomson Road.

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