One of my favourite restaurants in Taiwan is Shin Yeh, especially the branch perched high at Taipei 101. Oh, their Fried Omelette and Mee Sua. For this familiar taste of homely Taiwanese dishes, I won’t have to book a travel ticket, but venture to the main restaurant at Liang Court and relatively new bistro and Novena Square 2.
The local Shin Yeh Bistro is a collaboration with TungLok Group, and its essence remains the same – comforting Taiwanese fare, signature cooking style of minimal seasoning with the freshest ingredients by Taiwanese chefs.
Here are 5 authentic Taiwanese fare you can find at Shin Yeh Bistro:
Taiwan-style rice with Soya Sauce Lean Pork ($6.90 per person)
Lu Rou Fan is a heartening bowl of comfort for those missing Taiwan. The ingredients are seemingly very simple – braised pork, salted vegetables and egg, but the pleasure can be immense. This bowl tasted ‘healthier’, with less of fatty pork and greasy sauce, but one that has leaner meat slices.
Crisp-fried Fresh Oysters served with Dip ($14.90)
This is extremely addictive. A popular Taiwanese street food, and terribly hard to find here in Singapore. Oysters deep fried in a light flour coating – It is a taste that may get some accustoming to for those who have not tried. The oysters could have been fatter and juicier, but I am not complaining.
Wok-seared Pig Liver with Coriander ($12.90)
Few places prepare a dish of pig liver well, if not cooked properly will lead to this bitter gamey aftertaste. Shin Yeh’s version come in thicker than usual slices, with a slight crunch, and any unpleasant savour of liver was cleverly masked by the sweet salty sauce. Best to go with a bowl of hot sweet potato porridge.
Braised Beancurd with Minced Turnip ($12.90)
Another dish that would go well with Taiwanese style ‘di gua zhou’ (sweet potato porridge). The smooth beancurd seem to be a favourite with ladies, and the ‘cai pu’ (preserved turnip) was surprisingly not too salty. I wished there was more of it!
Mango Pudding and Milk over Mango Shaved Ice ($9.90 for 2-3 person)
A style of true-blue Taiwanese shaved ice is the huge portion. This bowl ice is definitely for sharing. Can be a tad sweet. I liked that the ice shavings were smooth and disintegrates in your mouth immediately.
Other than classic Taiwanese favourites such as Braised ‘Mee Sua’ with Oysters, Lean Pork in Soya Sauce and Pan-fried Milk Fish, you can find other dishes such as Sautéed Prawns with Pineapple ($14.90), Braised Chicken with Garlic and Basil Leaves Served in Claypot ($13.90), Wok-fried French Beans with Minced Pork ($10.90) and Braised Squid, Bamboo Shoots and Mushrooms in Thick Broth ($6.90 per person) that would be good for sharing with for dinners with family and friends.
My favourite of the lot was the sautéed prawns.
Shin Yeh Bistro
Novena Square 2 10 Sinaran Drive #01-73 Singapore 307506
Tel: +65 6893 1123
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm Lunch, 3pm-5pm Hightea, 6pm-10pm Dinner (Daily)
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