Eat at Taipei 吃在台北 (Chinatown Point)

Official Website: http://www.eatattaipei.com.sg
Address: 133 New Bridge Road #01-43/44 S(059413) (Chinatown Point; other outlets at JCube and Raffles City Shopping Centre)
Tel: 6702 0078
Opening Hours: Sun – Thur: 11.30am – 10pm; Fri – Sat: 11.30am – 2am
Budget: $15 – $20 (we spent $56.26 for 3 pax)
Recommendations: Vermicelli with Oysters & Pork Intestines, Coffin Toast

First Visit

ImageTaiwan-Style Braised Minced Pork Rice ($8.50)

For the past few weeks, we have been posting about Taiwan Itineraries and select eats from Taiwan. We know how it’s like to either (a) stare at photos without having an avenue to taste them; or (b) satisfying that craving when you had just returned from Formosa Taiwan. Now here’s the deal: we can satisfy that craving in metropolitan Singapore! (though we must caution that Taiwanese food in Singapore is not cheap, as compared to Taiwan of course).

First up, I ordered the quintessential dish for every Taiwanese meal – Braised Minced Pork Rice ($8.50), or commonly known as 鲁肉饭. I was slightly disappointed, because I had expected the braised minced meat to come in chopped and minced form like bak chor mee, or what I had in Taiwan. However, the so-called ‘minced meat’ here were sliced pork belly. That said, I felt that the braised pork was sufficiently salty, seasoned and still retains its meaty rigidity (i.e. not overcooked and soft). In addition, the good chefs here have noticed that Singaporeans need their fibre too, and so the rice bowl comes with blanched vegetables and presumably pickles. However, at $8.50, this dish is  a little pricey in my opinion (as compared to about NT50, which is about S$2.50), and not a must-try.

ImageVermicelli with Oysters & Pork Intestines ($7.20)

We also shared the Vermicelli with Oysters & Pork Intestines ($7.20), which tasted better than the Braised Pork Rice. There was a considerable amount of oysters (about 6-8) and they were pretty fresh and chewy. The thick gravy also boasts the aroma of broiled pork intestines, which tasted pretty much authentic to me. Worth a try!

ImageOyster Omelette ($7.50)

The Oyster Omelette was a disappointment in my opinion. It was served a few degrees above room temperature; not warm at all. Therefore, the omelette had lost its requisite crispiness and we could not savour its ‘eggy taste’. The amount of oysters were finished in no time, so we figured that they didn’t give us a lot anyway.

For other sides, we also ordered the Bitter-gourd with Pineapple Soup ($4.50), which was pretty normal and comparable to usual Cantonese Roasted Chicken/Duck Rice stalls that serve side soup dishes. The 清炒小白菜 ($10) was also pretty much normal in our opinion.

Verdict

Personally, I felt that Eat in Taipei was pretty average and acceptable for its price, but London Girl felt that it was mediocre at best. If you agree that Eat at Taipei might not be up to standards, you may wish to try Shin Yeh at Liang Court, or 8 Degrees Taiwanese Bistro along Upp Serangoon Road, which we heard are recommended by other bloggers. However, if you work in the vicinity of Chinatown Point, Eat at Taipei might be a decent choice to satisfy your craving for Taiwanese food, since it offers a wide range of Taiwanese dishes. In addition, discount vouchers were given for a certain amount of consumption (we received complimentary vouchers in the sum of $20)

Rating: 3.34/5 Braised Pork Rice

Second Visit

Hey, you must be wondering – if Eat at Taipei was average at best, why visit it again in such a short frame of time? Well, my classmates chose the place…This day, we were in a large group of about 12 people, so Eat at Taipei was a suitable place with sufficient seats and no considerable queues for us to eat, talk and chill.

ImageMinced Meat Noodles, (Zhajiang mian 炸酱面)

I ordered the Minced Meat Noodles this time, as I had some gastric issues and didn’t want to have a heavy meal. The noodles were sufficiently al dente and chewy, though not mind-blowing. However, vegetable lovers would love the generous servings of chopped cucumber and carrot, which were crunchy and moist. Topped with generous servings of braised minced meat, this noodle dish was ultimately a satisfying one.

ImageCoffin Toast (Seafood Chowder) (棺材板)

With the lunar Seventh month just past, we can finally talk about something not that auspicious. Nah, just kidding – the Taiwanese have no qualms speaking of their favourite French Toast as Coffin Toast, where the soft white portion of the toast is removed. Instead, seafood chowder with squids, prawns and sweet corn filled to the brim of the Coffin Toast. For most of my friends who were angmoh gantang (i.e. Chinese who were English-speaking and didn’t know much about Chinese food), this dish was a fascinating find. Delicious and amusing (though we barely finished the toast eventually haha). Tip: remove the white paper serviette before cutting, because the chowder may seep though, and you end up eating the serviette – as advised by my friend).

ImageSweet Potato Fries

This is what happens when 5 hungry guys sit together – we order more finger food. The Sweet Potato Fries, as recommended by my classmate, was pretty addictive. It was crispy like potato chips, though not oily at all. Another quintessential and iconic dish of Taiwan, dip those fries in the chilli powder included and enjoy!

ImageBeef Noodles (牛肉面)

Last but not least, another of my friend ordered the Beef Noodles, which was supposedly the best dish at Eat at Taipei. I don’t consume beef, but I would say that the set meal was value for money – side dishes, noodles and 2 mochi balls as dessert. The broth looks sufficiently seasoned and my friend finished it. But…I hesitate to recommend it, because I have not tried it personally, though you may choose to trust my friend instead!

Verdict

Remember those vouchers I obtained from the first trip? I actually forgot to bring them! Fortunately, I remembered the outlet manager because he had entered the wrong bill and charged me extra for the first time, so this time round I asked if he could waive part of the bill, since we were visiting the place for the second time.

So….the manager decided to be nice and gave us 4 x $10 vouchers to off-set the bill. So the dinner ended well, with many happy students walking away with more money to spend for his next Iced Kopi after dinner.

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