A popular destination for Singaporeans to travel to during holidays, Taiwan has one of the best weather all-year-round, shopping districts and sights for nature lovers. But on top of these, it is their food that impresses us time and time again. Their cuisine encompasses simple, yet incredibly rich and intense flavours and textures that is just addictive.
Hankering after classic Taiwanese delights such as chicken cutlet, lu rou fan and Taiwan milk tea? Say no more for here are 10 places in Singapore where you can get your hands on delicious and wallet-friendly, non-commercial Taiwanese street food in Singapore.
5 LITTLE BEARS
A quaint, unassuming stall in the basement of Paya Lebar Square, 5 Little Bears is one of those stalls in Singapore that transports you right to Taiwan right from the get-go.
This small Taiwanese bistro serves hearty mains such as Lu Rou Fan (S$5) and Oyster Mee Sua (S$4.50) as well as a variety of snacks that are perfect for sharing. Do note that the stall is rather small and may be filled during lunchtime so head over early to avoid disappointment!
60 Paya Lebar Road
#B1-09 Paya Lebar Square
Tel: +65 6702 1098
Daily: 11.30am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Paya Lebar
8 DEGREES TAIWANESE BISTRO
Nestled just a couple of units away from Scissors Paper Stove, 8 Degrees Taiwanese Bistro dishes outa huge range of Taiwanese food.
A crowd-favourite and the eatery’s signature item, the Salted Crispy Chicken (S$6.80) makes for the perfect accompaniment to one’s meal. If you’re looking for filling mains to satiate your hunger, try out their Oyster Mee Sua (S$5.80) and Beef Noodles (S$9.80)!
37 Teck Chye Terrace
Tel: +65 6284 8226
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 12pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Serangoon
Situated in an industrial area in Braddell where Yalong Bay is, Beef Up may be quite inconvenient to get to but it is definitely worth travelling for.
This Halal-certified eatery has a rather selective menu with just a handful of choices, but what we recommend would be the Chicken Cutlet Rice Set (S$7), which comes with a generous helping of deep-fried chicken that boasts a perfect crisp. The stall also serves several light bites such as Wasabi Chicken Bits (S$3) you may wish to try.
Blk 978 Toa Payoh North #02-01
Mon to Sat: 11am – 9pm
(Closed on Sundays)
Nearest Station: Braddell
If cheap, good and authentic Taiwanese fare tickles your fancy, then you will be delighted to know that nestled within Seah Im Food Centre is Eat 3 Bowls, a humble hawker stall that serves up real-deal Taiwanese street fare at pocket-friendly prices.
You may expect the typical range of Taiwanese classics such as Salted Crispy Chicken (S$4), Intestine Mee Sua (S$3.50) and Braised Pork Rice (Lu Rou Fan) (S$2.50). While their menu doesn’t deviate from any other Taiwanese eatery, it is the exceptional standard and low prices of the food that sets them apart from the rest.
Eat 3 Bowls
462 Crawford Lane, #01-61
Tue to Sun: 10am – 9pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Station: Lavender
Photo Credit: Lai Lai Casual Dining
LAI LAI CASUAL DINING
Considered one of the stalwarts of Taiwanese cuisine in Singapore, Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining is definitely a safe bet if you’re looking for some comforting and appetizing Taiwanese nosh.
Their Braised Pork Rice (S$7.50), in particular, hits all the right spots in terms of quality—served with a decent portion of melt-in-the-mouth braised pork and accompanied by a braised egg, braised peanuts and a pickled cabbage mix on the side, this is a must to try if you’re a fan of the dish.
Lai Lai Casual Dining
180 Kitchener Road
City Square Mall #03-39/40
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park
Photo Credit: Lee’s Taiwanese
Helmed by Fiona Lee, a Taiwanese who moved to Singapore when she was young, Lee’s Taiwanese serves real-deal, authentic Taiwanese street food inspired by the popular Keelung Temple Street night market.
The gravy and broth in a typical Taiwanese dish is a crucial component and you’d be glad to hear that Lee’s Taiwanese makes their gravies from scratch, with ingredients imported from Taiwan itself!
112 Faber Drive
Tel: +65 6777 7886
Daily: 12pm – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Clementi
A hole-in-the-wall hawker stall, Mr Lorbak dishes out value-for-money bowls of Braised Pork Rice (S$3.50) and Braised Chicken Wing Rice (S$4.50) that tastes superbly comforting.
Served with decent portions, each dish comes with a side of braised eggs and black fungus. We particularly enjoyed the Braised Pork Rice which boasts a large proportion of fats—just the way we like it!
350 Ubi Ave 1
Wed to Mon: 11am – 7pm
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Nearest Station: Ubi
Previously known as Five-Ten, The Salted Plum is a Taiwanese restaurant whose concept is to price their dishes at either S$5, S$10 or S$15 for most items.
The casual restaurant serves a medley of Taiwanese street food—from favourites such as Braised Pork Belly, Braised Pig Intestines and Taiwanese Sausage Patties to other interesting options including the likes of Salted Pork and Oyster Steamed Egg.
The Salted Plum
10 Circular Road
Tel: +65 9181 6265
(Closed on Sundays)
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
Photo Credit: creativeeateries
Designed to replicate a hole-in-the-wall cafe along Taiwan’s quaint Fujian Cafe Street, Typhoon Cafe’s nosh comes with a pleasant modern touch.
For first-timers, opt for their signature Canadian Pork Belly Stew and Australian Beef Short Ribs, which infuses Western flavours whilst retaining the flavours of classic Taiwanese delights.
68 Orchard Road
Plaza Singapura #04-63/67
Tel: +65 6884 5423
Daily: 10am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Dhoby Ghaut
Photo Credit: Xiang Xiang
XIANG XIANG TRADITIONAL TAIWANESE CUISINE
East-siders would likely have heard of Xiang Xiang Traditional Taiwanese Cuisine, a hot-favourite when it comes to Taiwanese food in the area.
Established decades ago, this humble eatery is armed with a 102-year-old history and uses recipes that have been passed down through generations. Not to be missed are their Crispy Chicken Strip Mee Sua (S$6.80) and signature Lu Rou Fan (S$7.80), which diners can choose from fatty meat, lean meat or mixed according to their preferences.
799 New Upper Changi Road
#01-04 Bedok Point
Tel: +65 8128 3331
Daily: 11am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Bedok