Yet one of those relatively new Taiwanese establishments which has sprouted up across the island in recent times — Moustache Lee is hidden in the same coffeeshop as Jin Hock White Bee Hoon at Blk 505 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, and serves up only a small variety of dishes such as Braised Pork Rice, Salt & Pepper Chicken Bento and Mee Sua with a couple of sides.

Offering both the Braised Pork Rice and the Braised Pork Bento, the difference is how the latter (also the item that we have ordered) comes with a braised egg, blanched vegetables and Taiwanese Sausage. Some might notice how the variant at Moustache Lee is not too heavy when it comes to the braising liquid — a little bit milder in terms of saltishness, but I was glad how they are pretty generous with the braising liquid so much so that it goes around all the rice beneath. There, the braised pork comes all diced up in small bits; melt-in-the-mouth without carrying a distinct porky smell — very easy to have, bearing a rather consistent texture throughout the entire bowl. The Taiwanese Sausage adds a meaty bite to the entire bowl; nothing too much to shout about here considering how it’s likely to be the same as those that come off from a packet in the supermarket, but does carry a distinct sweetness of the processed meat with a snappy texture typical of the item. The braised egg comes with a fully cooked yolk, while the greens carried a crunch and gave the dish a more wholesome feel amidst the meatiness and carbs going on.

Being one who has enjoyed Eat Three Bowls for a long while since their days at Seah Im, I would say that their Braised Meat Rice is really one that is hard to match. That being said, Moustache Lee’s Braised Pork Bento does carry a more homey feel — and that’s nothing to complain about; a more hearty rendition that is seemingly easy to finish despite being a full portion good for a meal for an average person, and is something I would want to have again if I were to reside here. Moustache Lee is worth making the trek if one isn’t too far away from the area — with the bentos being the most expensive items at $5.90, it is an affordable option for satisfying Taiwanese meals in the heartlands.