Everything is $5 or $10, no matter lunch or dinner, food or drink.
Don’t worry if you haven’t been to Shilin, Raohe or Ximending night markets—you haven’t missed much. The peanut candy ice cream roll may be seasonal, but with Le Castella and FIVE-TEN arriving in Singapore, it’s as if you are already in Taiwan.
Located across the street from Sri Mariamman temple, look out for glass windows with black matte frames. The cosy space pays attention to detail, where its door opens up to the rustic setting bathed in warm lighting, with menu specials handwritten on the chalk wall.
FIVE-TEN’s food menu is an extensive list of mouthwatering Taiwanese street food. Revel in chef Shawn Koh’s rendition of lu rou ($10)—think braised pork belly layered with melt-in-your-mouth fat, marinated in house-made soy sauce for a subtle aftertaste of licorice root. Feel free to holler for an additional serving of Japanese rice at no extra cost.
Other must-try dishes include fried smashed potatoes ($5) seasoned with chilli pepper and plum spice that reminded us of Shilin XXL crispy chicken, and grilled squid ($10). The crisp fried chicken ($5) is a great bar snack; we were sold by the well-balanced flavours of sesame and soy, with a dollop of nori mayonnaise on the side.
Catch barista Tim Chew in action as he revolutionises the coffee scene with quirky signature creations. If black or white cold brew is not for you, beat the heat with the refreshingly fizzy cold brew lemonade ($5). You won’t want to miss the ice cream float ($5) either—you can look forward to a scoop of ice cream made from white cold brew, soda and chocolate syrup. Give it a good stir for a creamy and decadent beverage.
237 South Bridge Road. Tel: 6924 7352