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Breakfast Hola Review: Taiwanese Cafe In Chinatown With Thick Toasts And Lu Rou Fan

13th September 2022

Breakfast Hola for Taiwanese breakfast in Chinatown

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I’m of the opinion that lu rou fan is the perfect breakfast dish. However, I will concede that other popular Taiwanese eats, such as thick toasts and egg crepes, aren’t far behind. Breakfast Hola, a relatively new cafe at South Bridge Road, is themed around the joys of Taiwanese breakfasts. In other words, it’s the perfect place for me to get my morning grub—at least on paper.

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To confirm whether the above statement would prove true, we headed down to the cafe for a taste of their fare.

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Food at Breakfast Hola

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We started our meal with the Egg Crepe ($4.50+). It’s a simple dish, but one that often goes wrong when the right balance isn’t achieved—I’ve encountered egg crepes that were too oily or jelak one too many times. Thankfully, Breakfast Hola struck that balance pretty well.

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The crepe was well-fried, bringing out the egg’s natural aroma and savouriness while being not too oily. The presence of scallions and pepper added more dimension to the flavours, too. And while its exterior was a little too thick and lost its crispiness quite quickly, the fluffy eggs inside helped to alleviate any textural unpleasantness.

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Next up was the Grilled Pork Meat and Egg Toast ($5.80+). On appearance alone, the thick toast, nicely browned exterior, and juicy looking insides looked promising, so we were plenty excited to dig into this.

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While the marinated pork was somewhat tough and far from the most flavourful, it did have a notable meaty taste that was enhanced by peppery notes. The sweet-ish toast and sunny-side-up egg were tender, while the crunch from both the lettuce and pickles gave the dish a varied mouthfeel. Overall, it was a decent piece of toast.

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We concluded our meal with my much beloved lu rou fan or, as the cafe calls it, Authentic Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice (from $4.80+).

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Alas, the lu rou fan was a let down. I think the dish lives and dies by its braised pork, and the one here was dry and tough. In terms of flavour, however, the braising sauce gave the pork belly an adequately savoury taste, and this coated the fragrant soft pearl rice as well.

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Ambience at Breakfast Hola

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Breakfast Hola’s interior is minimal yet cheery, with white walls enlivened by yellow markings on the wall and colourful furnishing. Due to its narrow construction, the space can feel a little cramped at times, but its bright aesthetic and choice of music—which included lo-fi Studio Ghibli remixes—make up for it by creating a comforting atmosphere.

The cafe is a five-minute walk from Chinatown MRT Station.

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The verdict

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The breakfast dishes at Breakfast Hola weren’t exactly amazing, but they were tasty enough that I left the cafe feeling satisfied and satiated. If you enjoy Taiwanese fare, specifically breakfast fare, then Breakfast Hola might be worth checking out.

For another place to get good Taiwanse food, check out our Wen Li Taiwanese Food review. If you’d like to have tasty braised meat rice, read our BBraise review.

Address: 280 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058829
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 8:30am to 5:30pm
Tel: 8482 8938
Website
Breakfast Hola is not a halal-certified eatery.

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Photos taken by Poh Jin Ron.
This was an independent review by Eatbook.sg.

Breakfast Hola Review: Taiwanese Breakfast Cafe In Chinatown With Thick Toasts And Lu Rou Fan
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    Breakfast Hola Review: Taiwanese Cafe In Chinatown With Thick Toasts And Lu Rou Fan - 7/10
7/10

Summary

Pros 

– Egg crepe was tasty
– Grilled Pork Meat and Egg Toast was hearty and satisfying
– Cute interior

Cons

– Authentic Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice was underwhelming
– Cramped space

Recommended dishes: Egg Crepe ($4.50+), Grilled Pork Meat and Egg Toast ($5.80+)

Opening hours: Wed-Mon 8:30am to 5:30pm

Address: 280 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058829

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