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Authentic Taiwanese lu rou fan, but Hakka style from S$4.80

Although it’s 2 p.m. and it’s stiflingly hot, Flax Braised ordered a respectable and endless queue of customers at his quaint stall of Dunman Food Center.

Lin’s Braised – showcase

Dunman Food Center is certainly no stranger to well-known and beloved hawker stalls, with popular stalls such as Say Seng Famous Tau Kwa Pau and Dunman Road Char Siew Wan Ton Mee.

However, Lin’s Braised seems to be a promising contender, with its authentic Taiwanese braised dishes and homemade fish soup at an affordable price, with dishes starting at $4.80.

Braised flax - eileen lam

Braised flax – eileen lam

The stand is single-handedly run by Eileen Lam, who worked a desk job at an F&B company dealing with matters such as sourcing, purchasing, operations and franchises.

Over the years, Eileen has traveled to many parts of Asia (mainly because of work). After being laid off due to the pandemic, she decided to bring one of Taiwan’s most iconic dishes to Singapore— lu rou fanalso known as braised pork rice.

“Given the weather in Singapore, I knew I had to adapt the recipe a bit,” she shared. “Taiwanese braised rice tends to be sweeter, so I decided to consult a Hakka chef and eventually came up with a recipe that infuses local Hakka flavors into the lu rou fan.”

Thus, Eileen’s Hakka signature lu rou fan was born.

What I tried at Lin’s Braised

Lin's Braised - lu rou fan

Lin’s Braised – lu rou fan

I started with Eileen’s signature dish: Signature “Hakka” Braised Pork Rice (S$5.80)served with candied vegetables, beancurd, pok tauegg and pearl rice.

All the ingredients are prepared from A to Z — yes, even the canned vegetables!

If you’re not too hungry, you can get the “Hakka” braised pork rice (S$4.80)who omits the pok tau and the curd.

Lin's Braised - lu rou fan

Lin’s Braised – lu rou fan

This Braised Pork Rice Bowl was incredibly easy to eat. After mixing all the ingredients together, this became your quintessential homemade rice soaked in braised sauce. It was comforting, familiar and utterly delicious.

There was just enough braising sauce to dip the pearl rice in, so each bite had a good balance of sweet and savory flavors while ensuring the rice didn’t drown in the sauce.

Lin's Braised - canned vegetables

Lin’s Braised – canned vegetables

Hearty and meaty, each spoonful had a nice appetizing zing and crunch from the canned vegetables, while the ground meat came in chunky chunks that added a satisfying bite.

Later I learned from Eileen that she used zero light soy sauce in the sauce (which shocked me), but relied on the juices from the ground meat and vegetables in canned, with a little dark soy sauce for color.

Flax braised - tau pok

Flax braised – tau pok

Of all the ingredients, my favorite was the pok tau. It had soaked up all the sauce, so the tofu skin was deliciously soft, but filled with smoke, flavor and umami Remarks.

Lin's Braised - braised pig's feet

Lin’s Braised – braised pig’s feet

I decided to try Eileen’s Braised pig’s foot La Mian with salted (dried) vegetables (S$8.80).

Despite its somewhat high price, I was surprised to see large chunks of pig’s trotter meat that came with the bone.

Braised flax - noodles

Braised flax – noodles

Be sure to toss the noodles well, as Eileen’s homemade chili sauce coats every fine wisp beautifully.

Reminding me of the Malaysian dry chilli forbid methis bowl of mine had a rich soy based sauce that had strong garlic and smoked chili notes.

The chili was quite strong and surprised me with its bright intensity, so if you can’t manage your spice, ask Eileen for less chili.

Lin's Braised - pig's foot

Lin’s Braised – pig’s foot

The pig’s trotter came in large chunks, with a fair amount of meat and fat. While the meat leaned towards the tougher end (probably due to the nature of the cut), I enjoyed how it had absorbed the braising sauce and was a little salty.

Lin's Braised - fish soup photo

Lin’s Braised – fish soup photo

The last dish I tried was an item from Lin’s Braised’s Fish soup menu: Fried fish soup (S$5 for little ones).

Curious to know why there was fish soup on the menu when the emphasis was on braised meat, I decided to ask Eileen for more information.

“Some people need a dish of soup to go with their braised rice,” she explained. “Rather than going to another stall to place their order, I decided to start selling fish soup so they could both get it at the same place.”

Lin's Braised - fish soup

Lin’s Braised – fish soup

Clean and light, the fish soup tasted exactly like home cooked food – it was soothing with subtle briny notes and I couldn’t taste any added MSG or artificial flavors. I could taste the natural sweetness of the cabbage and fish, while the seaweed added a much needed salty kick.

It’s a bowl of fish soup I’d happily have on a rainy day, even though its flavor profile was lighter than expected.

Lin's Braised - pig intestines

Lin’s Braised – pig intestines

If you’re a fan of braised meats, like the ones you’ll find in your guy kwayyou can consider getting Eileen’s Braised Pork Large Intestine (S$5) to share.

I was impressed with its clean taste, as it had none of that signature gamey taste or smell. Instead, each sweet morsel was deliciously peppery, with good depth of flavor from the rich braising sauce.

Lin's Braised - chilli

Lin’s Braised – chilli

Eileen’s tip: make sure you pair it with her belacan sambal sauce, which falls more on the watery side, but comes with that familiar bright, watery spiciness.

Final Thoughts

Lin's Braised - food photo

Lin’s Braised – food photo

I loved Lin’s Braised’s Signature “Hakka” Braised Rice for its comforting flavors, which warmed my belly and reminded me of the satisfaction of home cooking.

For only $5.80you’re definitely getting a ton of goodness in one bowl, considering Eileen makes everything from scratch, including canned vegetables, ground meat, and braised sauce, and pairs them with Taiwanese pearl rice for the most authentic. lu rou fan live.

Eileen’s hearty offerings were simple yet delicious, and I’ll definitely be back for it.

Expected damage: S$4.80 – S$11 per person

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