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Taiwan Holiday Cancelled Thanks To COVID? Hit Up These Eateries In Singapore

Soooo you were supposed to visit Taiwan this year, but alas, we’re in a pandemic. While it’s not exactly easy to find locales like Jiufen and Taroko Gorge in Singapore, we do have an abundance of (mostly) authentic Taiwanese food here.

While this list is by no means exhaustive (there’s no way we can include every Taiwanese fried chicken stall or bubble tea shop), a couple of hours spent at these sit-down eateries may help satiate your longing for Taiwan’s food and atmosphere.

Eat 3 Bowls

Named for its signature menu item, this classroom-themed eatery, which is run by a Singaporean and his Taiwanese wife, began as a humble stall in a pasar malam before moving to Seah Im Food Centre. Today, you can find it at Crawford Lane (near Lavender MRT), serving simple and cosy fare like lu rou fan (braised pork rice), Taiwanese beef noodles, and shredded chicken rice. Small dishes include Taiwanese sausage (like our lup cheong, but fattier) and braised tofu. If you’re feeling especially hungry, order the “three bowls” set meal, which comes with three small bowls of lu rou fan, chicken rice, and innards mee sua. And of course, it comes with bubble milk tea.

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Fong Sheng Hao

Toasted egg sandwiches are a Taiwanese breakfast staple, which is why we’ve been frequenting Fong Sheng Hao, an import from Taipei’s Shilin Night Market. Beloved for their charcoal grilled toast – which we’d recommend with a pork patty, egg, and cheese – Fong Sheng Hao is located in Paya Lebar Quarter, and will soon open up another outlet in NEX.

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The Salted Plum

While The Salted Plum is more Taiwanese-inspired than Taiwanese, their reimagined versions of Taiwanese classics make for a unique dining experience. For instance, their lu rou fan uses braised pork belly instead of minced pork, while their Taiwanese sausages come in patty form.

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8 Degrees Taiwanese Bistro

This casual eatery, located in a Teck Chye Terrace shophouse, offers a variety of classic Taiwanese street food, like scallion pancakes and salted crispy chicken, as well as everyday dishes like century egg tofu, rolled egg crepes with pork floss, and of course – lu rou fan. The menu also includes fruity shaved ice desserts (best shared with a friend or two because they’re enormous), as well as bubble tea and trick toast. While some of the items, such as the fried omelette, feel more Taiwan-inspired than Taiwanese, the mid-2000s Mandopop playlist piping through the restaurant will transport you instantly to the streets of Taipei.

Typhoon Café

This place serves artisanal fruit teas, bubble-tea-inspired waffles and soufflé pancakes, and uh, bento sets. Meaning that you can indulge yourself for lunch, teatime, and snack time, as the menu includes an abundance of appetisers – pan-fried enoki mushrooms, deep fried king oyster mushrooms, and crispy pork intestines are just a few of the items to choose from.  

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