Taiwan Eats!

Taiwan Eats!

Craving for XXL Chicken Cutlets, Braised Pork Rice or just some Taiwanese light bites? This is where you can solve your Taiwanese cravings!
Xing Wei Chua
Xing Wei Chua

Returned back to Monki Cafe after my first trip a couple of years ago to try out their mains. Couldn't give the Taiwan Chiayi Chicken Rice a miss considering how much I like Eat 3 Bowl's rendition of the Taiwanese-style Chicken Rice. Thought the version here was palatable though certainly not the best I have had; while there was a decent portion of shredded chicken topped over the fluffy rice beneath, the chicken would have been even better being more moist — still provided a decent meatiness and savouriness nonetheless. Coming with preserved vegetables, it provides a slight tang for some contrast in flavour, while the Braised Egg comes drenched with the same sauce that comes with the Braised Minced Meat Rice for an enhanced note of savouriness with some bits of minced meat to chew on. A pretty decent place to get those Taiwanese cuisine cravings sorted out especially for the Westies; all in a pretty chill, cute and laid-back environment that's great for catching up with friends or dates.

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Paradise Gastronomy had recently opened a new branch at GV Yishun, taking over the former premises of now-defunct Sweet Tornado Dessert.

Have always liked their version of this dish since their days at The Bencoolen; the braised pork rice coming with a good proportion of lean and fatty meat that provides both melt-in-the-mouth, juicy chunks of meat amidst some that provide a bit of bite. There was also ample meat and sauce to go around the portion of rice; savoury with a hint of the cinnamon, star anise and other spices used in the sauce — all that whilst not resulting in the rice being all soggy. The salted pickles gives a refreshing crunch, while the fried shallots helped to add a bit of crispness — provides a break from the meatiness. A more convenient location in the North to settle those Taiwanese cuisine cravings.

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From Hook on Food at Oxley Edge; part of Hook on Books which retails Chinese books mainly for children but also has a space dedicated for adults for book exchanges or just for quiet reading. Hook on Food serves up takeaway Taiwanese fare — the Braised Pork Belly Bento usually comes served with braised pork belly and egg, pickles and shredded chicken; our order came with onsen egg instead for the braised egg was not available on the day of visit. The pork belly was tender; fatty but with just enough bite, whilst flavourful from the braised liquid which was pretty balanced — not overly strong or salty. The pickles helped to cut through the meatiness; slightly saltish with a tang and a spicy kick, while the shredded chicken, being pretty fine and consistent in texture, provides a contrasting meatiness to the braised pork without stealing the limelight from the main character of the show. Liked how the portions are pretty generous; just enough sauce goes around the rice beneath, whilst all the elements were seemingly proportionate as well. Pretty delicious; something which I wouldn’t mind having again!

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Chanced upon this new Taiwanese stall at a S-11 Coffeeshop at Ang Mo Kio (the one beside Jubilee Sq) and was utterly impressed with what is being offered here. The Lu Rou Fan, despite being less meaty than what is offered at other places, is absolutely delicious — flavourful braised liquid that’s all savoury with chunks of a good mix of fatty and lean meat that is tender yet comes with a bite; all atop pearly rice. Coming with the 13 Spices Crisp-Fried Tofu on the side as a default item for this set, the tofu is light and crisp on the exterior, yet totally soft and silken within — all smooth without being curdled or having too much liquid released within. The set also comes with a bowl of soup (which I eventually finished; a rarity), kimchi and braised egg. Totally enjoyed everything here — it’s brilliant execution made everything enjoyable, not to mention how value-for-money it is at $5.80 nett. Would certainly go for this again; and wholeheartedly so!

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So excited for Eat 3 Bowl’s move to Blk 462 Crawford Lane into a shop space of their own. Designed much like a Taiwanese classroom, details had been put into all aspects from the decor to the design of their menu. The Eat 3 Bowls Set works as a tasting platter of three mini-sized versions of their mains in one item, namely the Braised Pork Rice, Chicken Rice and Oyster Pork Intestine Vermicelli — a great item to go for especially for those who can’t make up their mind and wants to go for a little bit of everything, as well as though who had not been to Eat 3 Bowls and wanted to go for everything in one seating. All three items were good; the Braised Pork Rice being as stellar as used to be with its flavourful brasied pork; diced to small bits, the pork is still immensely tender, yet extremely flavourful with its rich braised sauce that carries evident flavours from the spices. All that served atop pearly rice; the braised pork also well-portioned considering how one would still end up having enough meat to go with the rice all the way to the end. Had always been a fan of theirs from the first time I had discovered them at Seah Im Food Centre two years ago; glad to see where they have come over the years. Congratulations on the new opening, and all the best for what has to come in the future! (PS: Eat 3 Bowls is currently in soft-launch operations at Crawford Lane with no fixed operating hours; best to enquire before heading down until they are officially opened.)

A pretty hidden and unpretentious spot around Whampoa that serves authentic Taiwanese fare. While we felt that the Vermicelli with Pork Chitterlings was a more representative item here, the House Special Braised Pork Rice comes with enough sauce and a good load of chunky bits of tender, braised pork belly for a balanced bite amidst the melty meat. The preserved vegetables helps to cut through the savouriness and meatiness of the dish; the braised egg was done a little solid and served lukewarm – could have been better if served at a warmer temperature.

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Charred chunks of chicken thigh that is cooked with chili — simple as it may sound, but this was simply addictive; so much that it was cleared in no time. The chicken thigh had been sliced into bite-sized chunks; a thoughtful touch that makes it work well even as a bar bite. The chicken chunks are tender and succulent; savoury and slightly smoky whilst accompanied with a manageable hint of spiciness that shouldn’t be a bother for those whom are able to take moderate level of spiciness.

PS: We visited during dinner hours so the lunch bowls were no longer available; go for the Burnt Chili Chicken Rice Bowl on the lunch menu to get this all along with an onsen egg and rice that makes for a very scrumptious lunch. Would really want to go for that if I can!

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From The Salted Plum; by the folks behind the now-defunct Five Ten — The Salted Plum serves up lunch bowls at $10.00, and small plates are available all-day at $5, $10, $15 and $25; most of then still priced at the former two tiers.

One of the dishes that was a signature at Five Ten, the Braised Pork Belly was indulgence at its best — absolutely tender, melt-in-the-mouth and fatty, the pork belly was also immensely juicy while the braising liquid was rich and flavourful being all savoury — goes very well with the free flow rice that comes free-of-charge here (yes, you are reading that right). Simple, comforting and delicious — affordable for this is priced at $10 nett on the menu.

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Really pricey for $6.50; no doubt I do understand that it’s beef, but getting a few cubes of beef against everything else sold at the basement for around the same price was almost an outrageous decision if not for the fact that I just felt like eating less that day. While the torch-flaming of the beef cubes does make for that visual appeal, the beef cubes to lack that smokiness and that crispiness on the exterior I would have expected. Admittedly, the beef cubes were juicy and tender whilst not being gamey, but otherwise nothing much to shout about. Patrons can choose to flavour the beef cubes up with garlic powder or seaweed powder that is provided on the side. Still, something I am not quite convinced with especially for how pricey it feels — the portion barley felt like a snack; let alone the full-blown meals the other stalls are offering at a lower price around then.

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Made a recent visit to 300 Boru only to realised they seemed to have changed their concept recently. Now serving up Taiwanese fare, they are serving up Taiwanese comfort food such as Pork Rib Noodles and Braised Pork Rice at the same affordable prices as what 300 Boru used to do before. It is noted that they seem to run out of food rather quickly, considering how we got the last portion of rice during lunch hour.

Priced at $6.50, the portion of meat was rather measly as compared to other places serving similar fare especially at other spots serving similar fair. While the meat was perfectly tender and juicy, the sauce felt flat-tasting; lacking of the contrast from the star anise that is typical of other Braised Pork Rice bowls. Bits of diced mushroom provides some bite, though I thought I could feel better if there were more meat in here, while the tiny quail eggs carried a decent flavour but again, smaller than the full braised egg that other places offer at cheaper rates. Not really sure if this is a change I would find acceptable at 300 Boru, but it’s a little hard to be convinced at the price.

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Hidden within the Mayflower neighbourhood at Ang Mo Kio is Mei Ming Taiwan Delicacy, a new coffeeshop stall that serves up braised pork rice, braised platters and “big intestine wrap small intestine”.

While the Braised Pork Rice here is somewhat slightly lighter in terms of flavour here, there is a slight zing that comes with every mouthful that cuts through the meatiness that was rather refreshing. Otherwise, the braised pork were considerably tender with a bit of bite, while the rice was also drenched in enough sauce for flavour. The pickled vegetables add a tinge of tartness that refreshes the taste buds, while the coriander also helps to cut through the meatiness to refrain the entire dish from being to jelak. The braised egg was also served warm in the middle; a notch better than the places who seemingly served theirs stone cold.

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Taiwanese food stalls seem to be aplenty at food centers and coffee shops of the late; this is from San Lor Bak Png, a new stall at Blk 63 Geylang Bahru, Food Cheery coffeeshop run by the folks behind Chop Chop Western Grill that is located in the same coffeeshop.

Pretty much of an affordable eat; $3.80 for a portion that is pretty substantial. The braised pork here uses parts from the belly; the braising here is a little bit on the lighter side without becoming overly savoury, with the flavours of the spices used coming through after a few more spoonfuls. Pork was more on the lean side; gives the dish more bite in general while the pickled cucumbers help to cut through the meatiness overall. Rice was well-drenched in the light braised sauce, while the mushroom adds a hint of earthiness for some contrast. Not too much of a fan of the stone-cold braised egg that is left by the side, pre-prepared however. Overall, a pretty decent bowl of Braised Pork Rice at an affordable price in the area that should satisfy cravings for those living in the area.

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