In recent months, 8 Degrees Taiwanese Bistro has rocketed to fame as one of the few joints still serving bubble tea during circuit breaker. This casual bistro is situated in an unassuming row of shophouses a quick bus ride from Serangoon’s Nex Mall.
Authentic Taiwanese Milk Tea
8 Degrees’ signature milk tea with pearl ($3.80 / $5.80) is something you will come back for again and again. It is light & frothy with some of the yummiest pearls I’ve had (not too hard/chewy). Also, they’ve recently added a ‘half-sugar’ option which is great.
The honey milk tea ($4.80 / $6.80) is also one of our favorites and a must-order.
The outlet was pretty packed as it’s fairly cosy place, 20-30 pax maximum and reduced capacity due to social distancing. We opted to do takeaway instead.
8 Degrees also does delivery, with charges varying based on location. Note that the delivery menu has slightly fewer options than takeaway – some dishes are not available and drinks can only be the large option (700ml).
Authentic Taiwanese Food: Lu Rou Fan, Salted Chicken & More
The pork belly rice ($3.80 small/$5.80 large) is one of the dishes we love best. The stewed, fatty pork belly melts onto the warm rice creating this comforting bowl of goodness. The ‘large’ option comes with an egg as well.
The salted chicken ($6.80) – featured at the top – was okay as well, but not the best as it was a bit dry.
The french bean with olive leaf ($7.80), on the other hand, is a dish that always gets finished quickly and I highly recommend it. The fried shallots, savory chinese olive leaf sauce and crunchy french beans are an addictive combination. This is one of the dishes only available for dine-in/takeaway.
Another crowd-pleaser is the brinjal with pork floss ($5.80). In a somewhat Taiwanese-tempura style, the outside is fried golden-brown and has a nice crunch, while the eggplant inside remains silky & delicious.
A cold dish for the more ‘traditional’ at heart – the garlic black fungus ($3.80) is worth a try. Soaking in a slightly sour and garlicky sauce, this was a surprisingly tasty dish.
Finally, the seaweed fried tofu ($4.80) didn’t come out too well from the takeaway process as the skin of the tofu had all become stuck together. The crunchy seaweed and crisp tofu is probably best enjoyed in the restaurant itself.
While you might need to contend with longer queues & delivery times now due to 8 Degrees’ increased popularity, it is certainly still worth the wait. Try the bubble tea once and you will find yourself craving it again in no time – I guarantee it!
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8 Degrees Taiwanese Bistro
Address: 37 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545734
Weekdays 11am – 2.30pm & 5pm – 9pm
Weekends 11am – 9pm
Parking can be difficult to find during peak periods, but a tip is to park at Serangoon Stadium & walk over if there are really no lots available.