Cheap Japanese food under $10
When I think of delicious Japanese food, expensive omakase and Michelin-starred restaurants come to mind. Places like Teppan Kappou Kenji and Tsuta feature really good food, but their price tag leans towards the higher side. Having worked at Eatbook for a while, I realised that Singapore does have really legit Japanese places at affordable price points. If you’re on a budget, here are 15 cheap Japanese food joints under $10 serving halal beef bowls, kopitiam yakiniku and more.
1. Reiwa Soba
Run by a Japanese couple is Reiwa Soba, selling soba dishes that are infused with Thai elements. For example, their Mango Salada Soba ($10) sees a tangy and refreshing marriage between Thai green mango salad and soba.
They also have a rotating Soup Of The Day Soba ($10), one of which is green curry, loaded with chicken, potatoes, eggplant, and chicken liver.
Check out our Reiwa Soba review!
Address: 28 Kelantan Road, #01-121, Old Chin Kitchen, Singapore 200028
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 11:30am to 1:30pm
Reiwa Soba is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Ramen Taisho
Tucked away in the heart of Maxwell Food Centre lies Ramen Taisho. The owner spent three years in and out of Japan, mastering the art of ramen making, so you can expect really good ramen here.
Their expertise shines in the Black Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen ($7.80), which sees a fusion of creamy pork bone broth and umami-laden black garlic oil. There’s also a spicy alternative, priced at $8.80.
Check out our review of Ramen Taisho!
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-32, Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 9831 1855
Ramen Taisho is not a halal-certified eatery.
Located in Amoy Street Food Centre, Kinobe is perfect for CBD office workers looking for a hearty meal that won’t break the bank. Try their Gyudon ($7), which comprises fluffy pearl rice topped with well-marinated sliced beef, then crowned with an oozing onsen egg.
The Butadon ($6) is equally scrumptious, with fatty strips of pork conferring a meaty aroma. Pair that with the creamy egg, and you’ll be sure to love this dish.
Check out our review of Kinobe!
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-126, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 3pm
Tel: 8779 1844
Kinobe is not a halal-certified eatery.
The customisable bowls at Hideki are like zhnged-up cai png, with Sushi Rice ($1) or Soba ($1) as your carb base, and a complimentary sauce of your choice. If you’re feeling indulgent, top your base with their Unagi ($9), starring smoky-sweet grilled eel meat. Otherwise, their Salmon ($6) makes a good protein choice, seared until it’s crispy on the outside.
Check out our Hideki review!
Address: 51 Yishun Avenue 11, #01-17, Yishun Park Hawker Centre, Singapore 768867
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 8pm
Tel: 9234 4659
Hideki is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Keisuke Chicken Yakiniku Tori Yaro
Keisuke Chicken Yakiniku Tori Yaro recently brought yakiniku to our kopitiams, so you can enjoy Japanese BBQ at hawker prices. For a full meal under $10, get the Kampung Chicken Thigh ($5.90) and add a Rice & Soup Set for $2.50. This chicken thigh is firm with a slight chewiness, pairing well with their house negi-shio marinade. What’s more, each order of meat comes with Keisuke’s trademark marinated bean sprouts and an onsen egg.
Check out our Keisuke Chicken Yakiniku Tori Yaro review!
Address: 2 Lorong 29 Geylang, Stall 3, Yinchuan Building, Singapore 388058
Opening hours: Daily 5pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 9720 3997
Keisuke Chicken Yakiniku Tori Yaro is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Kazoku Japanese Cuisine
Kazoku Japanese Cuisine might appear atas, with their gorgeous cutlery designs and immaculate plating. Yet, you can find cheap Japanese food here, with most of the items priced below $10.
At just $8.90, they have a Salmon Don that is lined with plump slices of fresh salmon. The fresh seafood flavours pair well with the fluffy Japanese rice, made better with a tinge of wasabi. If you’re feeling like something deep-fried, opt for the Mixed Fry Don ($9.90) with breaded prawns, scallops, and oysters.
Check out our Kazoku Japanese Cuisine review!
Address: 1 Goldhill Plaza #01-05, Singapore 308899
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 9687 3782
Kazoku Japanese Cuisine is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. Buta Kin
Buta Kin puts crazy-expensive ramen shops to shame. Their soup base is impressive, boiled for hours with pork and chicken bones.
Get the Special Tonkotsu Ramen (from $7.50), which presents you with three thick slices of chashu. Each slice is melt-in-the-mouth, highlighting a golden ratio of fat to meat. If you prefer some heat in your ramen, their Tonkotsu Red Ramen (from $6.50) makes for a good alternative.
Check out our Buta Kin review!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-28, Beauty World Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 8:45pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am to 8:45pm
Tel: 8661 60628
Buta Kin is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Kazan Japanese Cuisine
At Kazan Japanese Cuisine, you can expect cheap Japanese food that’s both good in quality and generously portioned.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere that serves Unagi Don with such an impressive portion at just $8.50. The unagi is steeped in a rich teriyaki sauce and broiled until it’s tender.
Their Oyakodon ($5.50) is another noteworthy option, with a chicken katsu cutlet drenched in an onion and egg sauce.
Check out our Kazan Japanese Cuisine review!
Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-001, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 8455 5229
Kazan Japanese Cuisine is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Koryori Hayashi
Koryori Hayashi is run by a mother-son duo, selling affordable Japanese dishes in the CBD. You can get a substantial Mentaiko Pasta for just $7.50, that comes loaded with prawns, fried whitebait, and seaweed.
If rice is your preferred carb, opt for the Chicken Katsu Don ($6.50) that comes with egg-covered rice and additional fried pumpkin. Otherwise, noodle-lovers will surely enjoy the Sukiyaki Beef Udon ($8), with tender beef slices swimming in a robust beef-flavoured broth.
Check out our Koryori Hayashi review!
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #01-11, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 2pm
Tel: 9655 8761
Koryori Hayashi is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Konomi Zen
Portions at Konomi Zen are huge. At just $6, the Salmon Bento Set gives you a gigantic slice of salmon, seared to a nice char.
Their Tendon ($5) features a combination of seafood and vegetable tempura nested on fluffy Japanese rice. It’s further topped with tempura bits for extra crispness.
Check out our Konomi Zen review!
Address: 628 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, #01-59, Ang Mo Kio 628 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 560628
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 8pm
Tel: 9734 8875
Konomi Zen is not a halal-certified eatery.
11. ATO Ramen
Ramen doesn’t have to be a splurge at ATO Ramen, where you can get Dry Minced Pork Ramen for $6.90. This bowl of ramen reminded us of mazesoba, topped with an oozy yolk for extra creaminess.
Purists can opt for the Signature Tonkotsu ($9.90), which comes complete with black fungus, chashu, spring onions, and an ajitama egg. If you’re not feeling like ramen, their menu also sees wallet-friendly rice dishes such as the Gyoza Ebi With Rice ($6.90) and Tori Katsu With Rice ($9.90).
Check out our ATO Ramen review!
Address: 191 Sin Ming Avenue, #02-01, Marymount Community Centre, Singapore 575738
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 9pm
Tel: 6920 1587
ATO is not a halal-certified eatery.
12. Japanese Curry Express
Japanese Curry Express is a favourite amongst those who frequent the Bencoolen district, thanks to their large portions and pocket-friendly prices. Here, ladles of Japanese curry douse the Pork Katsu Curry Rice ($7.50) in a thick golden blanket. The katsu is the main star, featuring a crunchy panko crust encasing a juicy slab of pork.
Their Smoked Duck Ramen ($7.50) is also worth a shot with a generous portion of smoked duck complementing the light ramen broth.
Check out our full review of Japanese Curry Express!
Address: 190 Middle Road, #03-04, Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 2pm, 5:30pm to 8pm
Tel: 9689 6314
Japanese Curry Express is not a halal-certified eatery.
If you’re nearby the CBD, head to Gyunion for cheap halal Japanese rice bowls. Their Gyu-don, for instance, costs $7.90 and features heaps of beef slices cooked in a sweet shoyu sauce. Chicken Curry Don ($7.50) is another noteworthy selection, with a generous portion of curried chicken chunks.
Check out our Gyunion review!
Address: 138 Robinson Road, #02-03, Oxley Tower, Singapore 068906
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 12pm to 6:30pm, Thur-Fri 12pm to 8pm
Gyunion is not a halal certified eatery, but Muslim-owned.
Mentai-Ya churns out 400 to 600 bowls of mentai don daily, using up to 60kg of short-grain rice each day. Their Regular Salmon Mentai Don ($8.80) is a must-try, slathered with a buttery mentaiko sauce that’s blended in-house.
Spice-lovers can opt for the Spicy Chicken Mentai Don ($7.80), which sees a crispy chicken katsu cutlet dressed in piquant mentaiko sauce.
Address: 628 Senja Road, Singapore 670628
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 8:30pm
Tel: 8188 8628
Mentai-Ya is not a halal-certified eatery.
15. Wafu Japanese
Wafu Japanese Cuisine serves wallet-friendly Japanese food without skimping on quality. For instance, their hanjuku eggs and ramen broth are made fresh daily.
If you’re feeling really hungry, get the Curry Omelette Pork Katsu Rice ($8.90) that comes in a huge portion with tons of pork katsu and golden brown curry.
The Abura Ramen ($6.90) is another showstopper with its bold flavours. This dry ramen comprises miso pork, onsen egg, lard and seasoning that’s mixed well to form a beautiful, creamy sauce.
Check out our full review of Wafu Japanese Cuisine!
Address: 913 Stamford Road, #B1-20/27, Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178905
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10:30pm
Wafu Japanese Cuisine is not a halal-certified eatery.
Where to eat cheap Japanese food
Quality Japanese meals and affordable prices are not mutually exclusive, with our list of 15 cheap Japanese food joints under $10.
This article was originally written on 9th May 2019.