Yummy, affordable fare in industrial estates

AK Indian Food stall owner Chinnasamy Palaniappan puts much thought into his ingredients and cooking methods, using Ponni rice for the briyani and only fresh chicken, lamb and angkoli fish for the curries.
AK Indian Food stall owner Chinnasamy Palaniappan puts much thought into his ingredients and cooking methods, using Ponni rice for the briyani and only fresh chicken, lamb and angkoli fish for the curries. ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
Stall owner Nachatchadaporn Sirimueang whips up a mean Thai Braised Pork Trotter Rice dish that costs only $5.
Stall owner Nachatchadaporn Sirimueang whips up a mean Thai Braised Pork Trotter Rice dish that costs only $5. ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
At Kranji Food Stall operated by Madam Wendy Koh (above), a plate of rice with a fried chicken drumstick and two vegetable dishes costs $3.30.
At Kranji Food Stall operated by Madam Wendy Koh (above), a plate of rice with a fried chicken drumstick and two vegetable dishes costs $3.30. ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
At Kranji Food Stall operated by Madam Wendy Koh, a plate of rice with a fried chicken drumstick and two vegetable dishes costs $3.30 (above).
At Kranji Food Stall operated by Madam Wendy Koh, a plate of rice with a fried chicken drumstick and two vegetable dishes costs $3.30 (above). ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
The Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh contains fried beancurd sticks, pork ribs, pork belly and button mushroom.
The Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh contains fried beancurd sticks, pork ribs, pork belly and button mushroom. ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
Kamariah Malay Food Stall is run by Madam Zaiton Ahmad (above), whose mee rebus and mee siam burst with old-school flavours.
Kamariah Malay Food Stall is run by Madam Zaiton Ahmad (above), whose mee rebus and mee siam burst with old-school flavours.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
Kamariah Malay Food Stall is run by Madam Zaiton Ahmad, whose mee rebus and mee siam (both above) burst with old-school flavours.
Kamariah Malay Food Stall is run by Madam Zaiton Ahmad, whose mee rebus and mee siam (both above) burst with old-school flavours.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
To make her pig's organ soup, stall owner Yang Yue Ying (above) marinates the pork liver and pork slices in tapioca starch.
To make her pig's organ soup, stall owner Yang Yue Ying (above) marinates the pork liver and pork slices in tapioca starch. ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
Pig's Organ Soup.
Pig's Organ Soup.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
This $1.50 plate of chicken rice comes with a decent amount of rice, four slices of breast meat, cucumber, coriander and a bowl of soup.
This $1.50 plate of chicken rice comes with a decent amount of rice, four slices of breast meat, cucumber, coriander and a bowl of soup.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO

Chicken rice for $1.50 and other cheap and good eats at these canteens

Industrial estates may seem grey and dusty, but if you care more about food than ambience, venture in and you might be in for a surprise.

In run-down canteens, you can uncover hidden food gems - stalls offering affordable mouthwatering eats.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 01, 2019, with the headline 'Yummy, affordable fare in industrial estates'. Print Edition | Subscribe