A staple of Taiwanese cuisine, Lu Rou Fan (滷肉飯) is a popular Taiwanese dish that consists of braised pork belly served over steamed white rice. It is a hearty and comforting dish that is often enjoyed as a simple and satisfying meal. Enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, it is often served in small restaurants and street vendors throughout Taiwan and has gained popularity in other parts of Asia and around the world, including Singapore! The next time you find yourself craving for Lu Rou Fan in Singapore, these eateries will be there to satisfy your cravings.
Previously a humble stall at Seah Im Food Centre, Eat 3 Bowls has since moved to a bigger space at Crawford Lane and also expanded to Pasir Panjang. The Lu Rou Fan ($5.80) here is as authentic as it gets, with pork belly meat and fats braised for hours and topped over fluffy-short grain rice with just the right amount of savoury gravy. Other yummy mains you’ll find here include Chicken Rice and Oyster Mee Sua!
Expect a mix of comforting traditional and modern dishes at 8degrees, who have just recently moved into a new space at Lowland Road. Their comprehensive menu includes Stewed Pork Belly Rice ($6), which features tender and fatty pork chunks. Set atop fragrant and fluffy white rice, the gravy is tasty and it also comes with a braised egg.
Missing the Taiwanese night markets? +886 Bistro is a modern Taiwanese restaurant with classic dishes like Lu Rou Fan, along with creative ones like yam brulee and braised pork fries. The Ah Bao Braised Pork Rice ($5.80) is made with premium Japanese rice, superior soy sauce and pork belly braised for more than 24 hours. The dish is then garnished with spring onions and sweet and spicy turnips!
Opened by two young hawkers, Wen Li Taiwanese Food has quickly gained popularity in Singapore and has opened their second outlet at Boon Lay. And it’s no wonder, with their Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice at just $3.50! You can also get it in a set ($6.80), which will come with Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken, a soft boiled egg and Chilled Cucumber Salad.
Located at Dunman Food Centre, Lin's Braised serves up authentic Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan with a Hakka twist, which include unique ingredients like tau kwa and preserved vegetables. At $5.80, the Signature Hakka Braised Pork Rice Bowl comes with chunks of tender pork belly braised in an delightfully aromatic and savoury gravy. The gravy is a blend of 16 spices, so expect a real depth in flavour!
Fairly new in town is Tai One Wei, which claims to be the first Taiwanese-style tze char eatery in Singapore. Located along North Bridge Road, it is helmed by Chef Tony Chen from Nantou County in Taiwan. Other than the comforting and appetising Lu Rou Fan($3) that comes with savoury braised pork that wasn’t overly oily, you’ll also find many more authentic Taiwanese dishes for your meal here, such as Handmade Taiwan Sausage, Crispy Fried Oyster, Salted Crispy Squid, Crispy Egg Tofu with Pork and many more!
A cosy, retro looking space operated by friendly Taiwanese owners, you can get your Lu Rou Fan ala carte ($7.90 or in a bento ($9.90) that comes with additional ingredients. No matter which you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the chunks of meat that are melt-in-the-mouth. They seem to be less fatty than what you’d find on the streets of Taiwan, but they are not any less tasty with a flavourful herbal note.
A quaint, unassuming stall in Paya Lebar Square, 5 Little Bears is one of those stalls that transports you right to Taiwan. Give the Taichung Braised Pork Rice ($5) a go, which comes with braised pork belly, pickled mustard greens, half a braised egg and boiled bok choy topping fluffy white rice. The pork belly is tender with an ample amount of fattiness making it savoury, slightly greasy and incredibly satisfying.
Really Something at Chinatown Complex Food Centre serves affordable Taiwanese food from just $3! This includes the Braised Pork Rice which comes with pearl rice, braised pork belly strips, a hard boiled egg and preserved vegetables. And instead of being tender and melty, this Lu Rou Fan has more of a firm and chewy texture instead. Its braised gravy is also Really Something indeed!
Tai Feng Wei has grown from strength to strength, with 13 outlets islandwide now! Serving up Taiwanese fusion food such as fried rice, noodles dishes and dumpling, our favourite item here is none other than the Braised Pork Rice ($5.80). Made up of mouth-watering pork belly slices, drenched in rich and savoury sauce over a bowl of fluffy pearl rice, the dish also comes with one whole braised egg with some crunchy peanuts. Make sure to pair it with some of their fragrant chilli oil!
Breakfast Hola is a Taiwanese breakfast cafe in Chinatown that just opened in 2022. Their Authentic Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice starts from $4.80 and instead of the usual pork belly, this version uses ground pork instead, and has a mellower taste with use of fewer aromatic spices. We think that’s a great choice, since fatty pork belly might just be too heavy on the tummy first thing in the morning!
Feast on Feng Food's Hakka Style Braised Meat Rice ($12.30) served with generous portions of pork belly, soy sauce egg, and cucumber blanketed with the fragrant aroma of their savoury braised sauce. While you’re at it, try the Fried Rice with Pork Chop ($15.10) as well, which we hear rivals that of Din Tai Fung’s!
A Taiwanese restaurant chain with six outlets in Singapore, Isshin Machi's extensive menu is best known for their braised meat and fried rice dishes. Their bowl of Hakka-style Braised Meat Rice ($11.70) features a generous heaping of braised fatty pork, preserved veggies, cucumbers, and a braised egg. The sauce is moreish and savoury, and together with the pork bits they form a complex yet nuanced meaty flavour that leaves us wanting more!
Originating from Taipei’s Shilin Night Market, Fong Sheng Hao is known for their Instagram-worthy pork sandwiches. But at this familiar Taiwanese eatery, diners can pick from their other well-known night market dishes, including the Braised Pork Rice ($9.50) which features generous amounts of scrumptious fatty and lean meat!
Considered one of the stalwarts of Taiwanese food in Singapore, Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining is best known for their braised beef noodles. But their Braised Pork Rice ($9.90) isn’t any less memorable, hitting all the right spots with melt-in-the-mouth braised pork,braised egg, braised peanuts and pickled cabbage, this is a must-try if you’re a fan of the dish!
The next time you’re at Authentic Mun Chee Kee at Jalan Besar for their popular Pig Organ's Soup (from $4.50), we highly recommend you opt for the Braised Pork Rice ($2.80) instead of the white rice for obvious reasons! The rice perfectly absorbs the delectable sauce, and chunks of braised pork belly covers the rice entirely. It complements the light tasting soup here, which helpsto cut through the richness of the rice.
An old school concept by Song Fa Bak Ku Teh, Downstairs offers affordably priced local and Taiwanese fare with the void deck setting as its theme. The Braised Pork Belly Rice ($6) is a saucy dish that is braised for hours on end resulting in a fork-tender texture. It is savoury with a hint of sweetness that is reminiscent of the fillings of a Nonya dumpling. The bowl also comes with a generous portion of preserved vegetables and a lava egg!
Opened by a Taiwanese missing her hometown, Lee’s Taiwanese is inspired by the famous and very busy Keelung Temple Street Night Market. The pearl rice used in the Braised Pork on Rice ($8) is imported from Taiwan. It is known for its smaller grains and it’s simply delectable with the braised gravy. The pork is also full of flavour and not overly oily, so you don’t feel too guilty inhaling it!
A humble eatery in Queensway Shopping Centre, Hei Lun Shi Tang serves up no-frills Taiwanese fare in old-school metal bento boxes! They are known for their braised pork, which is simmered in premium soya sauce and Taiwanese rice wine for hours to achieve its rich flavour. Their signature Braised Pork Rice (from $5.80) makes for a hearty meal with short-grain Japonica rice, premium Duroc minced pork, stewed cabbage and carrots, pickled vegetables, shiitake mushroom and a braised egg.
MONKI has moved into its new home at Star Vista, and they remain popular for serving affordable yet hearty Taiwanese grub, such as the Taiwan Braised Pork Rice ($9) which features fatty braised meat chunks with a good fat-to-meat ratio, alongside preserved veggies and a bed of freshly steamed short-grain rice. A warm and comforting dish, we imagine that this must be what Taiwanese mums cook for their children at home!