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Braise Lu Zhi Jia Review: $3.50 Lu Rou Fan and Braised Pork Bowls at Golden Mile

Braising Lu Zhi Jia in Bugis

The best memories I have from my trip to Taiwan in 2019 definitely revolve around their lu rou fan. With delicious fatty cuts of pork on a bed of white rice, I loved it so much I made it my mission to find one in Singapore that could compare. After many failures, I read on Braised Lu Zhi Jia‘s $3.50 read rou fan online, and was thrilled to find a worthy candidate.

embers lu zhi jia owners

Ember Lu Zhi Jia is run by MJ and his wife, Amy. Both wake up at 5 a.m. to begin preparations for their opening at 11 a.m. They sell out as early as 1pm so we decided to play it safe and pre-order our food, which you can do by contacting MJ on WhatsApp.

Lu Zhi Jia Charcoal Food

braise lu zhi jia menu

Besides the lu rou fan we came here for, Braise Lu Zhi Jia’s menu focuses on serving various cuts of braised pork with rice.

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I immediately dove into the dish I came here for – the Braised Pork Rice ($3.50). Although $3.50 is already considered incredibly cheap for a lu rou fan bowl in Singapore, it was actually $3 – what a steal!

At first glance, you can already tell that their braised pork rice is almost nothing like the traditional lu rou fan bowls you have in Taiwan. We talked to MJ about it, who explained that he never wanted his braised pork rice to be known as lu rou fan.

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When asked how his delicious recipes for braised pork over rice came about, MJ cited his mother’s lor mee as inspiration. Having helped at his now-defunct lor mee peddler stand from a young age, he aspired to create bowls of rice with a thick sauce with a similar consistency to lor mee.

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Indeed, the “lu rou fan” here is far from similar to traditional Taiwanese interpretations. Pork belly cuts were less fatty and came in larger, heartier pieces. Each bowl was also served with an ajitsuke tamago and a fairly generous portion of vegetables: something rarely, if ever, seen in the bowls so popular in Taiwan.

braised egg lu zhi jia ajitsuke

Although deviating from the norm, I liked the addition of the marinated egg with the melted yolk. It was the perfect complement to the thick sauce, and its creamy yolk balanced the flavor and acidity of the plate.

braise lu zhi jia tau kwa

Of the five non-meat dishes served with each set – black mushroom, xiao bai cai, shiitake mushrooms, pressed tofu and tofu puffs AKA tau pok, my favorite would have to be these tau kwa pieces.

Soybean curd generally has a relatively neutral flavor, which allowed it to act as a good carrier for the sauce in which the pork was braised. Its firmer texture also provided a contrast to the softer cuts of pork.

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Admittedly, my penchant for pork belly made me most excited to try the Braised Pork Belly Set ($5).

braising lu zhi jia braised pork belly set interaction shot

Nothing could have prepared me for how greasy and melt-in-your-mouth it was. Biting into the fat bits was absolutely a sin, but oh, so forgiving.

I was curious how MJ managed to make his pork belly cuts so tender – a consistency I had never experienced before. He revealed that he braised the pork belly for 24 hours before it landed in your bowl. At that point I immediately knew that I would be back for more, it’s a lot of time and effort to prepare this, which I’m not ready to put into it.

lu zhi jia braised pork cheek set

After this impressive article, I dug into the Braised Pork Cheek Set ($8) with high hopes. It is the most expensive item on the menu, mainly because the pork cheek is more expensive. It’s also a discount not often found in hawker fares. Since all of MJ’s cuts of pork are imported directly from Brazil, Australia, and the United States, I’m glad he found a way to keep his food affordable.

ember lu zhi jia pig cheek set interaction shot

Once again Braise Lu Zhi Jia exceeded my expectations. Every bite of the pork cheek was utterly soft and fork tender and, in my opinion, justified its higher price tag.

braise lu zhi jia braised pork knuckle set intro shot

The last bowl we tried was the Braised Pork Shank Set ($4.50). The pork knuckle can be a little too tough at times, but the pieces here were so tender and not chewy at all, despite being thick.

braising lu zhi jia braised pork knuckle set interaction shot

The connected oily skin, in particular, was particularly soft and immediately melted into an oily, sinful coating in my mouth when I had it separately from the rest of the meat.

Ember Ambiance Lu Zhi Jia

ember lu zhi jia queue

Braise Lu Zhi Jia started as a home-based business, but they opened their doors to the wider Singaporean community in late 2021. Now they are on the first floor of Golden Mile Food Center, at the corner nearest the parking lot.

ember lu zhi jia vibe

Despite the fact that the nearest MRT station, Bugis MRT Stationis 15 minutes walk from the Golden Mile Food Centre, the stand always seems to host a long and growing queue. As we filmed, there were numerous times passers-by stopped to ask where we bought the glittering bowls of braised pork rice.

I would recommend digging into your orders at the hawker center itself, so you can enjoy their food at its best. There are plenty of seats, with plenty of powerful fans that keep the humid heat at bay.

The verdict

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Needless to say, Braise Lu Zhi Jia won me over with their tasty and affordable Braised Pork Rice Bowls. I was so impressed that I went back with my family, who enjoyed their cooking as much as I did. I have a feeling we’re going to be regulars here.

I was delighted to find that they also make everything in-house, from the savory sauce that coats each bowl, to the spicy chilli. To me, this just proves the amount of effort and passion that goes into every bowl of Braised Pork Rice.

If you are looking for a true Taiwanese lu rou fan to try in Singapore, check out our Review of Want Food Taiwanese Delights and Eat 3 Bowls reviewlocated in Chinatown and Lavender respectively.

Address: 505 Beach Road, #01-104, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tel: 8338 1583
Website
Braise Lu Zhi Jia is not a halal certified restaurant.

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Photos taken by Zadelin Wong.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg.

Braise Lu Zhi Jia Review: $3.50 Lu Rou Fan and Braised Pork Bowls at Golden Mile

  • Braise Lu Zhi Jia Review: $3.50 Lu Rou Fan and Braised Pork Bowls at Golden Mile – 8.5/10

8.5/10

Summary

Advantages
– Braised pork was delicious
– The meat was tender and well cooked
– Affordable prices

The inconvenients
– Short opening hours
– Sells out fast

Recommended dishes: Braised Pork Belly Set ($5), Braised Pork Shank Set ($4.50)

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: 505 Beach Road, #01-104, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583