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The Salted Plum (Circular Road)

1381 Wishlisted
~$20/pax
As the reincarnation of popular Taiwanese tze char Five Ten, The Salted Plum launched in March 2018 with a new menu that retains old signatures, and surprises with intriguing flavours. This delightful addition to the local food scene is founded and owned by industry veteran Shawn Kishore.

10 Circular Road
Singapore 049366

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Wednesday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
06:00pm - 09:30pm

Thursday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
06:00pm - 09:30pm

Friday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
06:00pm - 09:30pm

Saturday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
06:00pm - 09:30pm

Sunday:
Closed

Monday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
06:00pm - 09:30pm

Tuesday:
11:30am - 02:30pm
06:00pm - 09:30pm

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The Salted Plum is one of the more popular lunch places in the area for their value for money lunch deals on their rice bowls. The Burnt Chilli Chicken Rice Bowl is filled with generous chunks of charred chicken which packed serious heat while staying tender on the inside. Mix all of that together with the onsen egg and the rice to get a winning combination.

Note: Rice bowls only available for weekday lunch

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The Salted Plum has become something of a cult hit within the grossly overpopulated Raffles Place/Boat Quay District. The (not necessarily 13) reasons why are easily evident, as their famous Lu Rou Fan 2.0 comes at $12 a bowl before the ten percent service charge kicks in, and adding on an appetizer and a bottomless house drink only extracts another $3.80 out of your wallet.

It may not be cheap, but it’s certainly good. A sizable slab of pork belly that’s been slowly braised in a thick, savory sauce gets comfy atop a bed of freshly steamed Japanese rice alongside its bedfellows, which consists of some boiled bok choy and a runny half boiled egg.

The whole hunk of pork belly is a definite upgrade from the humble slices of pork belly usually found on an un-pimped lu rou fan. The sauce was heartily herbaceous and sufficiently savory. Said sauce permeated deeply into the tremendously tender belly, which really only needed a spot of firm persuasion from a soup spoon and a pair of chopsticks to part like the Red Sea.

The Salted Plum were being kind of miserly with the sauce, as there wasn’t nearly enough of it to properly flavor and lubricate the fluffy rice and bland bok choy. A little more sauce would’ve resulted in much more magic happening within the confines of the bowl, and that’s one thing that The Salted Plum should definitely improve upon. In fact, it’s probably the only thing that needs improvement with this pimped up sequel to the lu rou fan.

3 Likes

Grilled calamari, grilled mackerel, mango orange peel salad and the lovely sweet potato porridge!

1 Like

Burnt Chilli Chicken Rice Bowl ($10 weekday lunch promo)- a very generous serving of intensely charred chicken, moist and tender on the inside and packing serious heat on the outside. Seasoning was spot on. The portion was substantial enough that I'd suggest having a dining companion order a different bowl and then sharing the chicken and other protein of choice. Topped up $0.50 for "Shiny Rice" (rice drizzled with lard and garlic oil), which was subtly fragrant but not particularly noteworthy; and $3.80 for a set which included a tasting portion of Haus Bacon (a little like 烧肉 without the fat) and free flow house drinks (Honey Lime, Sour Plum, Red Tea).

I’ve been wanting to try The Salted Plum for the longest time ever and I finally managed to make a reservation on a weekday night💪🏻
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The star of the night is definitely Joey’s Lala ($10), which is lala (clams) stir fried with Taiwanese pesto and pork croutons. The pesto is super fragrant and addictive - we polished every bit of that delish sauce. So good!
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The Braised Cabbage with Bamboo Shoots and Minced Pork ($10) come off as slightly salty at first, but the strong flavours grew on me and it turned out to be a great match with the velvety sweet potato congee ($3). I like that the bamboo shoot did not have a weird earthy taste and its crunchiness complemented the soft cabbage. .
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The Oyster Omelette ($15) comes with very big and plump oysters that are fresh and not fishy. The Kao Rou or Taiwanese Grilled Pork Belly ($15) is on the sweeter side and I felt that it could be a little softer, though the charred flavour is there. The Lu Rou or Braised Pork Belly ($15) is soft and flavourful, but the cut is a little too fat for my liking. It‘ll be nice if the ratio of fat and lean meat can be more balanced.
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Overall, The Salted Plum did a pretty good job reinventing traditional Taiwanese dishes and is worth a try! As the place is usually packed, do come on weekdays instead of weekend (and make a reservation!) to avoid long wait time:)

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Got the popular burnt chilli chicken rice... the portion of chicken is quite generous and the flavour itself is not too bad, but the chicken is too dry 😐 just find it a little hard to finish this bowl

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