Food Review: Abundance Cafe At Redhill | Casual Taiwanese-Style Restaurant With Mala Popcorn Chicken & Peanut Ice Cream Roll
The Place My quest to try Taiwanese restaurants in Singapore continues with Abundance restaurant in Redhill which is located within the Lengkok Bahru estate. The space of Abundance is at the void deck of Blk 63A, a nondescript void deck space which is not huge, though you can’t miss out on the huge Abundance signboard.
The one-year-old plus restaurant/cafe is just minutes’ walk from Redhill MRT Station, with a limited indoor and outdoor seating capacity with no reservations taken. The interior is quite plain, so don’t expect a Taiwanese gallery or posters on its walls.
The Food The menu at Abundance is a contemporary twist on Taiwanese dishes, where I spotted the likes of Mala Popcorn Chicken (S$9), Mentaiko Fish Fried Rice (S$13.90) and CCB Crispy Chicken Bun (S$7.90). Choose from fried rice, noodles, sides, buns and dessert.
I had the Gua Bao (S$7.90) where the braised pork belly with hand roasted peanuts, pickles and coriander are wrapped in the soft bun. The braised flavour here is good, as well as the addition of the peanuts. As for the pickles, it is not too salty as well. Quite a good bun to start the meal!
The Mala Popcorn Chicken (S$9) is great for sharing, where the flavour is more numbing ‘ma’ than spicy. Quite an interesting take on Taiwanese fried chicken.
For rice, I went for the Niu Yolk (S$19), a tongue twister on the word New York. This comes with beef short rib, onsen egg, beef fat and truffle flavour. The beef looks dull and dry, but it is in fact quite tender. Mix all the ingredients up and the overall flavour of the fried rice is not too bad. Is the fried rice as good as Din Tai Feng? Not quite, but an above average standard nonetheless.
For dessert, the Peanut Ice Cream Roll (S$6.90) is a must try. This is a take on a traditional Taiwanese street snack dessert which you can find at night markets, and I love how fragrant the hand roasted peanuts are. It goes perfectly with the vanilla ice cream along with the coriander within the thin popiah skin.
Rants Service is rather lukewarm from some of the staff, which is disappointing. There may also be a queue in line which means that you might be stared upon by curious onlookers if you took the outdoor tables.
Will I Return Again? Overall, the dishes at Abundance are quite good. While it does not serve the traditional type of Taiwanese dishes you will find in places like Eat 3 Bowls and 台ONE味 Tai One Wei, it is worth a try if you are in the vicinity.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
63A Lengkok Bahru
Tel: +65 8032 1880
Monday to Thursday: 11am to 3:30pm; 5pm to 10pm
Friday to Sunday: 11am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter