My first ever visit to Tampines…just to explore a different area in Singapore…and we ended up in this casual and very quiet Taiwanese eatery in Tampines Mall which supposedly specialises in Taiwanese street food. What a disaster that was! I have to say that the service was very good but the food was another story. They have a lunch special for $10.90++ where you can select either a Chicken Chop Baked Rice, Taiwan Sausage Baked Rice, Braised Pork Knuckle Rice, Sambal Seafood Fried Rice or Braised Pork Belly and Preserved Vegetables Rice as well as either a Pearl Milk Tea or Soya Milk. Hubby went for the only item on the menu that was not at all Taiwanese – the Sambal Seafood Fried Rice and got a Pearl Milk Tea and I ordered from the a la carte menu and got a Hualian Spring Onion Pancake with a Taiwanese Sausage ($6.90++) since my first choice, the Shilin Royal Cheese Loaded Potato with Taiwanese Sausage, was not available.
Food came out quickly, first the Sambal Seafood Fried Rice followed by the Hualian Spring Onion Pancake with a Taiwanese Sausage. Although not a Taiwanese dish, the Sambal Seafood Fried Rice was not the worst choice. It was quite tasty and pretty spicy with a couple of prawns and calamari, however it’s not a dish I would ever choose to eat. The Hualian Spring Onion Pancake with a Taiwanese Sausage was awful. It was definitely not a Hualian Spring Onion Pancake but instead it was a spring onion roti prata, most likely a frozen one that you can get a pack of 5 for $2 in the supermarket. It had a sweet Taiwanese sausage on top with some shredded lettuce and was loaded with a ton of ketchup and mayonnaise which completely ruined the entire dish.
The meal’s only saving grace was the Pearl Milk Tea which although was nothing compared to Gong Cha or Koi, was a lot better than I had anticipated. It was not too sweet and had lots of tapioca pearls although the tea itself was not that strong.
All in all I would not go back to this restaurant again as what I had really put me off. The food was not even authentic and was a far cry from the street food that you would find in Shilin Night Market in Taipei. Even with a 50% discount on Eatigo (which I unfortunately only realised after I had dined there), the food is still not worth spending your money on.
Eat At Taipei (Tampines branch)
Address: 4 Tampines Central 5, #B1-02, Singapore 529510
Tel: 6789 6166
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am to 10pm
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