We all know that breakfast is the most important meal to kickstart the day. Usually I try to source for my first meal of the day that is delicious and more importantly, value-for-money. Also it has to be quick. Unless you are eating at home or grabbing a bun or bread, It is pretty difficult to find cheap breakfast in fast-paced Singapore, as the standard of living is at an all-time high. Sometimes, I settle for brunch, killing two birds with one stone and hence, save some penny.
Here are some of my $2 finds for breakfast:
Lontong. This is from a Muslim stall in Marine Parade and my all-time favourite for breakfast or lunch. I love the combination of rice cakes, begedil (mashed potato, hard boiled egh, long beans and cabbage topped with coconut and delish gravy, all for $2.
Lo Mai Kai (steamed glutinous rice with chicken) and Siew Mai. These were from a stall in Bendemeer market. They are very generous with the chicken and mushroom. Actually I just like glutinous rice with the juicy mushroom, minus the chicken. Dipping them in a sour spicy chilli sauce was the bomb. Only $2.
Black carrot cake. I love this fried carrot cake from the market in an old neighbourhood in Sims Drive. If I am nearby, and everytime I am there, I would definitely order Kim Lee's black carrot cake. They put lots of chopped garlic, making it a fragrant combination with tender carrot cake and egg that melts in your mouth. I usually order the $2 portion.
Economy Char Bee Hoon (fried vermicelli). Another favourite for breakfast is Char Bee Hoon, be it the dark or fair versions. My favourite is a mix of dark yellow noodles and vermicelli and topped with deep fried bean curd skins. You can add a piece of wu xiang or luncheon meat or sausage. Together with cut green chilli or chilli sauce, it is a filling meal for only $2.
Kaya Toast set. A local favourite - this combination of kaya toast with soft boiled eggs and coffee is very popular with Singaporeans. This is from a coffeeshop and costs only $2. The more popular shops like Ya Kun, Toast Box and Wang, are selling the set at more than $3.
English Scone. Once in a while, I indulge in english raisin scones. Each scone costs $2. Applying jam on top a warm scone makes for a heartening simple breakfast.
Epok Epok and Coffee. Actually it is TWO epok epok (curry puff) and a cup of coffee for $2. These epok epoks are the Malay version for curry puff, often with filling like sardine and kentang (potato). I love epok epok with its crunchy pastry!
Chee Cheong Fun. These are
Gingerbread cookie. Bought these for niece and nephew to bring to school to eat during recess time. I think they were $2 or less, I could not remember. I did not have the heart to eat these lovely pretty cookies.
My all time favourite - congee cooked with pork, liver, minced meat, egg and topped with you tiao. I do not know why the stall holder charged me $2 for this bowl of congee. It is usually $3. Thank you, uncle! Yummy!
If you can find $2 breakfast, do share.