Lu Rou Fan (滷肉饭) or braised pork rice, a classic Taiwanese comfort food and a popular Taiwanese staple dish as much as it is a regional favourite, each region with their own interpretation of this dish that’s deeply steeped in Taiwanese tradition. It’s a bowl of protein with rice and it doesn’t get any more complex than that, but you know what they say about (seemingly) simple dishes – the less number of elements that it contains, the easier it is to mess it up. Two key things: the braised pork and the braised gravy, get them right and you’ll have yourself the best thing that can happen to a bowl of steaming hot rice.

Check out these 9 Lu Rou Fan (滷肉饭), in no particular order, and where you can find them!

 

Scorch 一把火, Raffles Place
Found in this local CBD eatery which offers local and Asian fare, is a mean bowl of Braised Meat Rice. Starting from just $3 for the small bowl and $5 for the large, Scorch’s signature bowl is generously topped with dark, tender chunks of slow-cooked braised pork belly with plenty of dark braised sauce. No braised egg here, but refreshing ribbons of pickled cucumber and a smoky, spicy chilli sauce is served. A very convenient bowl of well-executed Lu Rou Fan by this startup which has a adorable dino as their mascot.

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Scorch 一把火 is located at 24 Raffles Place, #01-12A Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621. Open 3pm – 3:30am (Mon to Fri). See their Facebook page here.

 

Eat 3 Bowls 呷三碗, Harbourfront
Probably the most popular and most affordable bowl of braised pork rice in this list is from Eat 3 Bowls that doesn’t need further introduction. For an unbeatable price of $2.50, you get a well-executed bowl of Japanese-grade rice topped with generous amount of luscious diced braised pork belly coated in a fragrant braised gravy that’s a result of 6 hours of braising. Fans of this hawker stall claim that this is as authentic as it gets, while easily wolfing down three bowls.

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Eat 3 Bowls is located at 2 Seah Im Road, #01-21 Seah Im Food Centre, Singapore 099114, p. +65 9154 8191. Open 9:30am – 8pm (Mon to Sat). See their Facebook page here.

 

FIVE TEN, Chinatown
The most modern rendition Lu Rou Fan of this list comes from FIVE TEN, comprising of a huge slab of melt-in-your-mouth braised pork belly, a sous vide egg and stalks of kai lan served on rice drenched in braised sauce, for $10. It’s like a reversed deconstructed braised pork rice and it isn’t the cheapest but serving of meat is huge and you get free flow rice too! FYI, all the items at this hip, progressive Taiwanese diner goes for either $5 or $10. Their Braised Pork Intestine Rice ($10) and Pork Ribs ($10) are great, if you’re looking to feast on other parts of the pig.

FIVE TEN is located at 237 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058786, p. +65 6924 9752. Open 10am – 5pm, 6pm – 10pm (Tue to Fri); 10am – 10pm (Sat); 10am – 2:30pm (Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

The most value-for-money bowl of Lu Rou Fan comes from Mr Lorbak, run by second generation hawkerpreneur William Liou (@william_lioukj), Mr Lorbak himself. Each bowl of his signature braised pork rice ($3.50) comes with heaps of thick-cut, luscious slow-braised pork belly, a braised egg, crunchy black fungus, covered in a robust sweet-savoury braised gravy that features 20 herbs and spices. You also have the option to add on preserved vegetables, braised mushrooms, and braised tau pok at $0.50 each, maxing out at just $5 with everything added! Go early because Mr Lorbak is known to sell out early.

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Mr Lorbak is located at 350 Ubi Avenue 1, Singapore 400350, p. +65 92262417. Open 11am – 2pm, 4pm – 8pm (Mon to Sun), closed on Tue. See their Facebook page here.

 

Sun King Ryoriya, Far East Square & Robertson Walk
For a chuka ryori (Japanese-style Chinese cuisine) take on the Lu Rou Fan, try Sun King Ryoriya’s homely Signature Minced Pork Rice 招牌肉燥飯 ($6), which has a more robust, thicker braised gravy and a chunkier cut, comes with soft preserved mustard vegetables. Pretty good value here, given Sun King Ryoriya’s prime location(s). And the good thing is, if you’re not having two bowls of it, they offer an extensive variety of appetizers and fried items to go with your braised pork rice and Taiwan beer.

Sun King Ryoriya 三錦中華料理 is located at 2 locations (#01-01 Far East Square and #01-14/15 Robertson Walk). See their Facebook page here.

 

5 Little Bears, (3 locations)
For an authentic bowl of Lu Rou Fan all around Singapore, try 5 Little Bears. A little bit under the radar but a firm favourite among Taiwanese living in Singapore, 5 Little Bear’s Braised Pork Rice ($5) comes with generous amount of soft, aromatic diced braised pork with a good ratio of lean meat and fat, as well as preserved mustard greens with chilli, bok choy and half a braised egg. For $0.90 more, you get get a cup of tea too. We love the name and the cute drawings of 5 little bears.

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5 Little Bears 五隻小熊 is located at 4 locations (#B1-09 Paya Lebar Square, #B1-K14 Clementi Mall, Plaza Singapura Kopitiam, p. +65 9004 6525. See their Facebook page here.

 

Liu San 刘三阁台湾小吃, Bukit Timah
The only exception in this list is from Liu San, a quaint Taiwanese eatery in Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, as it’s the only one in our list using minced pork instead of the pork belly. The good news is, the fat content of minced pork is lower than pork belly and you can still achieve a hearty bowl of Lu Rou Fan with it, because the key is still in the braised gravy. Liu San’s Braised Meat Rice ($7), consisting of half a braised egg and chunks of unique pickled cucumber, is substantial enough to be a main dish on its own and the generous amount of saucy braised minced pork is flavourful and balance without been too heavy and salty. A good Lu Rou Fan option in north-west Singapore.

Liu San 刘三阁台湾小吃 is located at 1 Jalan Anak Bukit, #01-09 Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Singapore 588996, p. +65 6463 1833. Open 11am – 9pm (Tue to Sun).

 

Caffe Zeppin, Sin Ming
For a cafe that does not specialize in Taiwanese cuisine, Caffe Zeppin offers a pretty decent rendition of Taiwanese Braised Minced Pork Rice that includes a braised egg at $6.90. It isn’t the sauciest bowl of Lu Rou Fan, but the slow-cooked pork belly is soft and tender enough, the portion is good, and you could also request for more of that moreish braised gravy to go with your braised pork belly and rice. An unlikely find in this part of Singapore, especially if you don’t want to travel too far out for your Lu Rou Fan.

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Caffe Zeppin is located at 26 Sin Ming Lane, #01-116 Midview City, Singapore 573971, p. +65 6262 1367. Open 10am – 9pm (Mon to Sat). See their Facebook page here.

 

Lai Lai Taiwan Casual Dining, City Square Mall
Last but not least on our list is one of the pioneers of Taiwanese casual dining in Singapore which goes way back to Liang Seah Street before it was filled with hotpot restaurants. Actually more well known for their beef noodles, Lai Lai also serves up a consistent and comforting bowl of Braised Pork Rice ($7.50) which comes with a braised egg, braised peanuts and pickled cabbage mix. The value-for-money factor might be low as the portion is huge but Lai Lai makes up for it with the taste of the tender cubes of delicate braised pork. A reliable alternative for Lu Rou Fan.

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Lai Lai is located at 180 Kitchener Road, #03-39/40 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539, p. +65 6509 5626. Open 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun). See their Facebook page here.

 

We hope you like this list of Lu Rou Fan. Which one is your favourite? Did we miss out any of your go-to? Please share them with us in the comments below!







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