Grocery shopping on a budget
Think living in Singapore is expensive? That’s probably because you haven’t been to these wholesale and budget gems for groceries and other essentials for super cheap prices.
Supermarket chain FairPrice has opened a members-only mega retail store where they can buy items in larger packaging at discounts of up to 20 per cent.
This gigantic two-storey store at the FairPrice Hub in Joo Koon stocks more than 4,000 products, including groceries, fresh and frozen food, electronics, household goods and health and beauty products.
Levels 2 & 3, 1 Joo Koon Circle, Singapore 629116
NEXT: Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre →
Opened in 1983 to centralise the distribution of fruit, vegetables and dried goods, the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre attracts both retailers and consumers alike (Read about our trip in the unearthly hours of dark here!)
The 26-block complex which is about 20 football fields in size, houses some 1,405 stalls, shops, offices and cold rooms, and even has its own canteen and an auction hall where hundreds of wet market vendors and restaurant owners bid for the freshest groceries in the wee hours.
1 Wholesale Centre, Singapore 110001
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The live seafood market, which supplies big-name seafood restaurants and high-end hotels, sells live seafood such as Alaskan King Crabs, Tasmanian King Crabs, bull frogs, clams and prawns for cheap.
How cheap, you ask? Well, for starters – pun intended – oysters cost only $2 a piece, and you can even have them shucked for free.
670 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389597
NEXT: Toa Payoh’s vegetable wholesale night market →
For at least 30 years, this makeshift open-air market has been selling vegetables from Malaysia in bulk.
The night market, which has about 10 stalls, has served as a kind of satellite market to the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre. It’s open six days a week from around 11pm to 6.30am (closed on Sundays).
Junction of Toa Payoh Lorong 7 and Toa Payoh East
NEXT: Fassler Gourmet →
The wholesaler produces over 200 freshly made seafood products including smoked salmon, smoked tuna and smoked trout.
The store is open from Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.
46 Woodlands Terrace, Singapore 738459
NEXT: Victoria Wholesale Centre →
The wholesale centre sells mainly groceries and dried provision ranging from dried fish stomach and dried Chinese sausages to almonds and tidbits.
Housing 41 units in total, a few tenants also deal in party and catering paraphernalia, fabric, hardware and household items, among others.
101 Kallang Ave, Singapore 339508
NEXT: Far Ocean Singapore →
This wholesaler sells a range of premium seafood and meats.
For Chinese New Year, it will have a pop-up sale offering items such as ang kar prawns, sea cucumber, wagyu beef and pomfret. The products are imported from countries such as Australia, Japan and the United States.
Prices start at $35 for 500g of Japanese Hokkaido scallops; $39 for 500g of Taiwanese abalone; and $88 for 300g of Japanese Matsusaka Chuck Roll Shabu. Note that prices may change in the run-up to the holiday.
Where: 15 Fishery Port Road, Jurong
When: Open 9am to 5pm, daily. For detailed information on Chinese New Year eve and Chinese New Year opening hours, call 6261-3788.
Info: Go to http://farocean.com.sg
NEXT: Warehouse Club →
By Carolyn Khew, The Straits Times, last updated October 2017
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