Savour these cheap lu rou fan
Lu rou fan – or braised pork rice – seems to be all the rage these days. It’s like the staple rice dish of 2017 – sorry, chicken rice. Surprisingly, most Taiwanese stores serving lu rou fan tend to price the dish pretty high, with some costing up to $10 a bowl. That to me is ridiculously expensive, and I would rather settle for a $3.50 char siew rice. If you’re like me and will only find comfort in cheap lu rou fan, then you’ll find this list of Taiwanese braised pork rice nifty.
1. Authentic Mun Chee Kee King of Pig’s Organ Soup
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A bowl of lu rou fan at Authentic Mun Chee Kee King of Pig’s Organ Soup will only set you back $1.80. Yes, you read that correctly. Although it’s listed as a side dish, the portion is quite substantial and you can easily fill up with it if you’re not super ravenous. But for a more indulgent meal, complete the dish with their signature Pig’s Organ Soup ($4).
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Address: 207 Jalan Besar Road, Singapore 208893
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 5am
Tel: 9876 3838
2. Give Me More
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Newest kid on the block, Give Me More is tucked away in Chinatown Complex Market. Priced at $5, their Braised Pork Rice comes with a mountain of diced pork belly, bok choy and runny, Chinese soy sauce egg, which looks a bit like Japanese soft-boiled eggs. The serving is pretty impressive and promises to leave you feeling stuffed.
Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-116, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 8pm
3. Paradise Gastronomy
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Paradise Gastronomy rolls out hearty portions of Taiwanese favourites. The Lor Bak Rice ($5) boast a generous topping of minced pork belly, along with some pickled vegetables, and a braised egg. The rice has a sticky consistency too, and soaks up the flavourful sauce well.
Address: 180 Bencoolen Street, #01-03, The Bencoolen, Singapore 189646
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 9pm
Tel: 6252 5122
4. Eat 3 Bowls
Contrary to its name, you don’t have to eat three bowls to be satisfied at Eat 3 Bowls. Located within Seah Im Food Centre, this stall serves up an array of Taiwanese street snacks including lu rou fan ($2.50), which is the stall’s best-seller. Topped with fatty, caramelised pork, and parsley to cut through the fats, this simple dish has earned itself a following from foodies.
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Address: 4 Seah Im Road, #01-21, Seah Im Food Centre, Singapore 099115
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am to 8pm
Tel: 9154 8191
5. Mr Lorbak
Mr Lorbak’s Braised Pork Rice ($3.50) is a dish you will want to travel for. Boasting the right amount of fat and meat, the succulent pork belly melts in your mouth and carries a herby, decadent aroma. Accompanied with black fungus for an added crunch as well as a braised egg, this is the lu rou fan of my dreams.
Address: 350 Ubi Avenue 1, #01-947, Ubi 350, Singapore 400350
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2pm, 4pm to 8pm
Tel: 9226 2417
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A popular lunch joint among CBD-dwellers, Scorch is an unassuming eatery that dishes up waffles, nasi lemak, and of course, lu rou fan. Their Taiwanese Braised Meat Rice ($3/ $5) comes in two portion sizes; the $3 version is good as a sampler, so it’s highly recommended you order the $5 bowl lest you just want a taste. Japanese grains are used for the base, and this helps absorb the mellow, five-spiced dark sauce the pork is marinated with. Pickled cucumbers are also added to alleviate any jelakness from the fatty meat.
Address: 24 Raffles Place, #01-12A, Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am to 4:30pm
7. 5 Little Bears
Take delight in an array of delicious Taiwanese snacks at 5 Little Bears. Served in a porcelain bowl, their Taichung Braised Pork Rice ($5) is loaded with thinly chopped braised pork belly, pickled mustard greens, half a braised egg, and boiled bak choy. Complete your meal with their crispy XL Chicken Chop ($4.80). Cut into chunks upon serving with a smattering of chilli powder on the side, the chicken has a good ratio of fat to meat to batter.
Address: 60 Paya Lebar Road, #B1-09, Paya Lebar Square, Singapore 409051
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6702 1098
8. Yong He Eating House
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Opened 24/7, Yong He Eating House sits on a corner of Geylang Road and has been around since 1986. Their Braised Minced Pork Rice ($3.80) comes with a heap of rice, pickled vegetables, a braised egg, some stewed cabbage and minced pork belly. Alternatively, swap your rice with some soya bean and order their saltish bean curd ($2.50) that’s crowned with minced pork.
Address: 458 Geylang Road, Singapore 389417
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Tel: 6745 5682
Belly full of comfort food
If you’re still hankering for more delicious Taiwanese delights, check out these Taiwanese street food you can get in Singapore. Alternatively, find comfort in Nuodle’s beef la mian at SingPost Centre.