Located right opposite Vivocity is Seah Im Food Centre, a hawker centre that is hardly ever talked about. Little did we know that it houses some pretty outstanding eats, and if you fancy cheap, good and authentic Taiwanese fare, then you will be delighted to know that nestled within this food centre is Eat 3 Bowls, a humble hawker stall that serves up real-deal Taiwanese street fare at pocket-friendly prices.
If you are an avid fan of Taiwanese street eats, then this is definitely one place to pay a visit to get your braised pork rice (Lu Rou Fan) and mee sua cravings satisfied.
Eat 3 Bowls is relatively new to the hawker scene having only been established recently by two young men. They do their utmost to provide customers with the most authentic Taiwanese fare possible and if we are being honest, they totally nailed it. Having opened this humble eatery at a hawker centre, they are able to keep prices relatively low which is a major plus for all of us.
We ordered a bowl of the iconic Braised Pork Rice (Lu Rou Fan) at S$2.50. A rather simple yet comforting bowl, the pork was flavourful and the braising sauce was sweet and savoury without being too overpowering. The entire dish was fragrant and brimming with porky goodness. The coriander garnished over top also provided a heightened level of freshness that did well to cut through the richness of the pork.
Health conscious individuals might be a little turned off by the excessive amount of fat but we beg to differ—we absolutely love it. It really filled us up quick and considering that a sizable bowl like this cost us only S$2.50, we were utterly satisfied.
For something hot, comforting and bursting with flavour, the Intestine Mee Sua (S$3.50) is one you should not miss out on—it really hits the spot on a rainy day. The texture, right down to the taste of this simple dish, resembles closely to the ones we have tried in Taiwan and although it may not be the best, it faired pretty well.
The intestines were cleaned out well without carrying too much of an odour whilst maintaining a little chewiness. The gravy was also starchy and thick, but subtly savoury without being too rich. To boost the flavour further, add a dash of vinegar and a small helping of minced garlic.
The Salted Crispy Chicken (S$4) is one of their more popular side dishes and isavailable in either spicy or non-spicy versions. Bite-sized pieces of chicken thighs are coated with a thin batter and deep fried to crispy perfection. The chicken pieces were juicy and tender whilst the outer coating was crispy with a nice salty kick.
Overall, we were impressed with the standard of food at Eat 3 Bowls. If you have a strong desire for Taiwanese fare without making the 5-hour trip, then this is one hawker stall worth visiting.
Eat 3 Bowls
4 Seah Im Road
(Closed on Sundays)
Mon to Sat: 8.30am – 7.30pm
Nearest Station: Harbourfront