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Breakfast Hola – Quaint Taiwanese joint with toast and braised pork rice to start your day

On June 15, 2022a quaint little Taiwanese joint named Hello breakfast open to Chinese districtserving breakfast food and Taiwanese dishes.

As someone who loves Taiwanese food, I was keen to come down and try their food.

Hola Breakfast – Exterior and Interior Photo

Both the exterior and interior of Breakfast Hola are cheerful, with splashes of yellow and postcards pinned to the walls, and I immediately went to the counter to order.

Breakfast Hola - A photo of grilled pork with whole wheat pancake

Breakfast Hola – A photo of grilled pork with whole wheat pancake

I wanted to order the Handmade egg pancake roll with grilled pork (S$6.50)but unfortunately the Handmade egg pancake roll was out of stock. The waiter at the counter recommended the Grilled pork (S$6.50) with Whole wheat crepe (additional S$1)so I decided to get it instead.

To my great disappointment, the Whole Wheat Pancake was very pasty and had a slightly rubbery texture. If the crepe Had it been thinner it probably would have been crispier which would have given it a better bite. The grilled pork in the crepe was slightly dry and wasn’t that tasty either.

Maybe order the Crepe with green onions and oil (S$2) would have been a better choice.

Hola Breakfast - An image of authentic Taiwanese braised pork rice

Hola Breakfast – An image of authentic Taiwanese braised pork rice

I was excited for the Authentic Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice (S$4.80 for small, S$6.80 for adults)who had a Hola thumbs up breakfast next to the menu item, and decided to order her small portion.

There was a generous pile of pork and it looked quite appetizing. The pork was well seasoned and tender, and the pickled cucumber went well with the rice and sauce. It was fragrant with every bite and I enjoyed this dish.

Breakfast Hola - A photo of Luncheon Meat & Egg Toast

Breakfast Hola – A photo of Luncheon Meat & Egg Toast

The Meat and Egg Toast (S$5.40) came with two slices of white bread, a fried egg, fresh lettuce and pickled cucumbers.

The white bread added sweetness to every bite. It was well grilled and the lunch meat went well with the lettuce and cucumbers. However, the bread was thick compared to the fillings, so the dough to filling ratio was slightly off. If the bread was slightly thinner, it would be a nice piece of toast.

Hola breakfast - A photo of grilled meat club sandwich

Hola breakfast – A photo of grilled meat club sandwich

Finally, I ordered the Grilled meat club sandwich (S$7.90), which came skewered on four wooden sticks, which reminded me of toothpicks. Each stick had four pieces of bread, with layers of pickled cucumbers, eggs, tomatoes, lettuce, and grilled pork.

This impressed me the most. There was a flavorful dressing, which really tied all the different ingredients together. The pork in this club sandwich was more tender and moist than in the crepe. My only complaint would be the size – it was quite large so trying to fit it all in one bite might be difficult for some!

It was a hit or miss for Breakfast Hola, with some of its dishes unfortunately a miss for me. Maybe I ordered the wrong dishes or they didn’t suit my taste buds, but I’d say there’s definitely room and room for improvement here.

Nonetheless, given that Breakfast Hola opened within the week, I’d give them the benefit of the doubt that they’re still trying to perfect their recipes.

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