5 Little Bears is opened by a Taiwanese immigrant who missed the taste of home. Naming the shop after their five children, 5 Little Bears kicked off in the basement of Paya Lebar Square.

I really appreciated the effort they took to recreate that Taiwanese food market vibe with the brick walls and lanterns. 

Unpretentious Taiwanese Food

The food here had a comforting, homely vibe to it. Perhaps it’s due to the light amount of seasoning in the food. 

When eating Taiwanese cuisine, a must-have dish to get is the Braised Pork Rice (lu rou fan) (S$5). It had a good ratio of lean to fatty meat and the generous with the portion. The bokchoy was also crunchy. 

The sauce had a deep flavor. Very homely, not the kind which is heavily salted to cover up the lack of attention and care when cooking the sauce. I would’ve preferred more sauce though as most of the rice wasn’t doused in it. 

The Oyster Mee Sua (S$4.5) had just the right kick of acidity from the vinegar, with a touch of garlic to lift the flavors. I was surprised at the amount of oysters in the bowl since it was only S$4.5. 

The Crispy Chicken Cutlet (S$4.8) wasn’t bad but it wasn’t impressive. The standard ‘crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside’ but is light on the seasoning, which is great for people who prefer lighter flavors. But I would’ve liked it to be more peppery and salty.

The store isn’t very big, with only 2 four-seaters and 3 two-seater tables, which is why most people opt for takeaways instead. 

Our Verdict?

Truth is, I haven’t really had a lot of Taiwanese food so it wouldn’t be credible if I made a comment on the authenticity of this restaurant. However, my friend, who’s Taiwanese, vouches for this restaurant.

But to me, authenticity isn’t that important if it tastes good and I can vouch for the quality of their food.

Location: 60 Paya Lebar Rd, #B1-09 Paya Lebar Square, Singapore 409051
Tel: +65 6702 1098
Opening hours: 11:30am- 9:30pm

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