Cozy cafe with Lu Rou Fan and Oyster Mee Sua under $10 in Chinatown

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Do you want to eat Taiwanese delicacies in Chinatown

Having spent six months in Taipei during my university exchange, I know Taiwanese street food quite well. Traveling there has been out of the equation for a while now, so I was starting to miss my lu rou and oyster mee sua fan fix. After all, no one does it as well as the motherland, that is, until the arrival of Food craving Taiwanese delights.

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Run by Taiwan-born Morgan Liu, the charming 10-seater had been on my radar since its late 2021 launch. Word on the street was that they serve legit Taiwanese-style fare in an aesthetically pleasing, rustic space. There was only one way to find out, so I went there on a weekday afternoon.

Food at Want Food Taiwanese Delights

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If you have room for one dish, make it. Taiwanese Braised Ground Pork Rice ($7.90) Alias ​​lu rou fan. Upon closer inspection, I was surprised to see that the cuts of meat were less fatty than those usually found served on the streets of Taiwan. Nonetheless, the ground pork was no less flavorful, with juicy pockets of fat that dissolved in your mouth effortlessly.

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Each grain of rice was coated in an enticing burst of the savory braising sauce, with just the right amount of fat. Accompanied by bite-sized veggies and canned pickles, each scoop was the perfect balance of rich, fatty goodness paired with a burst of acidity and crunch.

That’s exactly how I liked my fan de lu rou: hearty and flavorful without being cloying. For $7.90, I thought the portion was decent as well.

Do you want Taiwanese food delicacies oyster mee sua

No Taiwanese affair is complete without an order of mee sua oysters. Here, a whole part of the Mee Sua Signature Oyster Intestine ($9.90) is more than enough to sort out your cravings. Generously filled to the brim, this rendition sees starchy vermicelli noodles cooked in a bonito-infused broth loaded with umami. While I personally found it on the bland side, a touch of vinegar did the trick to lift the flavors, giving it a much needed zing.

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The plump oysters were pleasantly fresh, while the innards tasted clean thankfully. The noodles are served short Taiwanese style, so you only need a spoon to tuck them in. This means you can also scoop up an oyster, complete with a piece of pork intestine, and enjoy it in one bite. If you’re not a big eater, I recommend going for the half portion ($6.90) instead, as it was rather filling.

Do you want Taiwanese food delicacies fried chicken

Taiwanese Salted Crispy Chicken ($8.90), also known as ‘咸酥鸡’ (yan su ji), is a night market staple. This version was mild, just like most Taiwanese dishes tended to be. The chunky pieces of chicken were well seasoned and coated in a thin, flavorful batter that remained crispy even after our shoot.

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Personally, I would have preferred more peppery notes in the seasoning, as the flavor got unexciting after a while. For $8.90 I also expected a bigger portion. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed how meaty each piece was. Although fried, the chicken pieces weren’t too greasy either.

Atmosphere at Want Food Taiwanese Delights

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The cozy restaurant is in a corner along Cross the streetand is a two-minute walk from Chinatown MRT Station. Seating inside is very limited so they have placed tables and chairs outside to cater for the lunch crowd. If you want to score a spot in the cafe, I recommend avoiding peak times as they are very popular with those working in the area.

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Adorned with warm wood and concrete walls, the minimalist cafe’s rustic decor and knick-knacks added to the warm, lived-in vibe. I was drawn to the counter seats, as the large window panels brought back fond memories of me soloing in cafes during my exchange.

The verdict

Verdict of Taiwanese Food Delights

Want Food Taiwanese Delights allowed us to enjoy authentic and affordable Taiwanese food without airfare. Next time I come back, I’ll make sure I get a seat at the counter, where I can watch the world go by and pretend to be my own main character in a Taiwanese movie. All I would need to complete the experience is a cup of bubble tea – if the cafe would add it to their menu.

If you’re looking for more Taiwanese dishes worth trying, read our review on The Voice for affordable braised pork rice and mee sua at Jurong Point. Alternatively, visit True Breakfast at Cuppage Plaza for Taiwanese dan bing and more.

Address: 22 Cross Street, #01-63, Singapore 048421
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tel: 9396 9800
Website
Want Food Taiwanese Delights is not a halal certified restaurant.

Photos taken by Loh Li Min.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg

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  • Want Food’s Taiwanese Delights Review: Cozy Chinatown Cafe with Legit Lu Rou Fan and Oyster Mee Sua – 8/10

8/10

Summary

Advantages

– Net prices
– Authentic Taiwanese taste
– Ideal location

The inconvenients

– Limited places
– Limited range of dishes

Recommended dishes: Lu Rou Fan ($7.90), salted crispy chicken ($8.90)

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Address: 22 Cross Street, #01-63, Singapore 048421

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