Char Kway Teow


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Also called Fried Kway Teow (炒粿条). Other spellings include Cha Kuay Teow or Chao Kua Tiao, the latter being a bastardisation with the pinyinized name (chao guo tiao) of 炒粿条. This simple dish is made by wok-frying kway teow (flat rice noodles) and mee (round yellow noodles) in dark sweet soya sauce. It is a norm to stir in egg-mix, diced garlic and small amounts of bean sprouts. Some places will throw in a few slices of fish cake. Many hawkers use small pieces of deep-fried lard for flavouring and it is almost de rigueur to eat this dish with fresh cockles that is thrown into the wok at the end of the frying.

There is a Penang version which uses only the kway teow noodles and is cooked with much less use of dark soya sauce. The end result is discernably whiter and less sweet than the Singapore version.

Amoy Street Fried Oyster

People's Park Food Centre
People's Park Food Centre has a confusing address of 32 New Market Road when it is really located at Park Crescent. Just remember it is outside Chinatown MRT Station beside People's Park
Chinatown MRT Station NE4
Chinatown MRT Station (NE4) stops at the doorstep of People's Park Food Centre
bean sprouts cockles
The usual oyster omelette above, and the not-so-usual bean sprouts with cockles. Ai hum mai ? ai ai ai !
oyster fried kway teow mee
One day I must try this
fried oyster omelette
Fried oyster omelette, (a.k.a. orh luak) - the real thing
char kway teow mee
Char kway teow mee, not too oily, not too wet, not overly sweet

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Fried Oyster Omelette, Hokkien Mee, Carrot Cake, Hawker

Located at #01-1016B* People's Park Cooked Food Centre, 32, New Market Road., Singapore 50032
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*This stall has another outlet at unit#01-1136 diagonally across the main dining area of the hawker center. Now if you happen to be eating the yong tau hu from 永祥兴豆腐 (which doesn't come with noodles, rice or other starchy gooey staple stuff like beehoon), then you might want to order some dishes from this stall which offers an interesting list of fried noodle variants - from the usual fried kway teow mee (a.k.a. char kway teow), carrot cake, hokkien prawn mee (福建虾面) and fried oyster omelette (蚝煎), to the Indonesian Fried Kway Teow Mee (which the man-in-charge told me is a salty version of the Singaporean one) to the strange combo of Bean Sprouts w/Cockles, and finally the one-day-I-must-try Oyster Fried Kway Teow Mee. Now talk about having an unhealthy fixation with mollusks.
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Hill Street Fried Kway Teow

Chinatown Complex Food Centre (temp)
Both the Chinatown Complex market and food centre have shifted to a temporary site near the Outram MRT (EW16, NE3) train station. It is a tight squeeze and much stuffier now.
Hill Street Fried Kway Teow
Hill Street Fried Kway Teow

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Hawker

Located at #02-42 Chinatown Complex, Blk 335 Smith Street. NOTICE : This food centre is undergoing refurbishing and stalls have been temporarily relocated to a site near Outram MRT since Jul 2006., Singapore 50335
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Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee 欧南园炒粿条面

Outram Park Fried Kway Teow
Outram Park Fried Kway Teow is located at a corner unit of the 2nd floor of Hong Lim Complex Food Centre
char kway teow
This $2 plate of Outram Park Fried Kway Teow's char kway teow is served with the usual half-cooked cockles and comes with deep-fried crispy lard bits which they've managed to infuse with the seasoning

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Hawker

Located at #02-18 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Blk 531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore 51531
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This stall is a well-known fixture of the Chinatown area hawker foodscape. While the food isn't exceptional (how a simple dish like black-soya-sauced noodles could be is left to your imagination:), the combination of well-prepared ingredients, decent prices and efficient service has kept this stall popular over the years. Expect to wait half an hour or more during peak lunch hours when the queue lengthens.
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Hai Kee Teochew Cha Kua Teow 海记潮州炒粿条

Commonwealth Avenue (Margaret Drive) Food Centre
Commonwealth Avenue Cooked Food Centre is actually closer to Margaret Drive and near the Queenstown Library.
Commonwealth Avenue (Margaret Drive) Food Centre
Some people refer to this food centre as the 'Margaret Drive' food centre, this photo I took shows the official name and clears the confusion once and for all !
Hai Kee Cha Kua Teow
Don't be fooled by the serene quietness around Hai Kee Cha Kua Teow's stall in the afternoon. This stall packs in the crowd when it opens for dinner in the evening.
Hai Kee Cha Kua Teow
The action starts at 5pm
char kway teow
Hai Kee's char kway teow

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Hawker

Located at #01-550 Commonwealth Avenue Cooked Food Centre (Margaret Drive), Block 40A Commonwealth Avenue, Singapore 140040
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This stall is so popular, you'll not miss the long queue when it opens in the evenings. In fact, I was there at 5pm on a Saturday and the queue was already 4-5 persons long !
For $2.50, you have a really big generous plate of char kway teow loaded with cockles and deep-fried lard. The thing about me is, I prefer my plate of fried kuay teow sweetened with lotsa stickily-sweet-type black soya sauce. But Hai Kee's version was e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y light on this. Blame it on the characteristic Teochew habit of light seasoning - the signboard did, afterall, warn 'Teochew' :). So try Hai Kee if you don't care much for your char kway teow's sweetness, or lack of it. Go also, to be entertained by the owner's 'power-kungfu' style of frying his noodles - I don't know how to better describe it - just go see, or should I say hear, it.

Opens from 5pm and closed on Sundays.
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No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow 炒粿条面

No.18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow
No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow is actually now located at stall 17, a corner unit near the exit facing Great World City
fried kway teow
Their char kway teow has no particular highlights although overall quality is pretty good. Worth a try if you're visiting this food centre near Havelock Road

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Hawker

Located at Stall 17 Zion Road Riverside Food Centre, Zion Road, Singapore 160000
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Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow

Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre, rebuilt, re-opened in June 2006. The 1st floor has wet market stalls, sundry and clothes shops. Food stalls are on the 2nd floor, and a carpark above that.
Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
The open-air section of the food centre offers al-fresco dining. The landscaped roof-top carpark on the 3rd floor provides much needed convenience for drivers.

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Hawker

Located at #02-11 Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre, 84A Lim Liak Street, Singapore 161084
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大肥特级炒果条面 Tay Hing Kee

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Hawker

Located at Kiong Sin Coffeeshop, 308 Lavender Street, Singapore 338814. This stall is no longer located here. We're not sure where it is now, and the neighbour said that the owner has retired. If you know where this stall is now located, please leave a comment at the forum.
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Lao Fu Zi

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Hawker

Located at Old Airport Road Emporium & Cooked Food Centre, Block 51 Old Airport Road.
NOTICE : This food centre has completed its upgrading under HUP and stalls have re-opened at its original location on 1st July 2007., Singapore 390051
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Hill Street Fried Kway Teow

Bedok South Block 16 Market and Food Centre
Bedok South Block 16 Market and Food Centre
Hill Street Fried Kway Teow
Hill Street Fried Kway Teow
char kway teow
Hill Street (Bedok) branch's lacklustre fried kway teow was a disappointment

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Hawker

Located at #01-187 Bedok South Road Block 16 Market & Food Centre, Block 16 Bedok South Road, Singapore 460016
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Despite all the hype - being recommended by Makansutra and written about by Anthony Bourdain (chaperoned, oops I mean tour-guided by Makansutra's Seetoh, no less) - I didn't find anything outstanding about the fried kway teow on a weekday lunch trip here. No, it wasn't bad at all, it was quite well done - everything fell into place, the ingredients, the hums and stuff. But in the end, I just wasn't impressed. It's worth noting there's another stall named 'Hill Street Fried Kway Teow' in the Chinatown Complex Food Centre which, it seems, is run by the same family. No prizes for guessing how that one fared in my little black book as well. Opens lunch till dinner.
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加东大肥坤 Katong Tua Pui Koon

Katong Tua Pui Koon
Katong Tua Pui Koon's stall is next to the famous Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian bak chor mee stall

Categories: Hokkien Mee, Fried Oyster Omelette, Char Kway Teow

Located at #01-06 Market & Food Centre, Block 85, Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460085
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Cooked by the man Tua Pui (or Fatty) Koon himself, this stall serves the four major fried hawker dishes - fried oyster omelette, carrot cake, fried kway teow and hokkien mee. I slightly prefer this stall to the other stall selling similar dishes a few units further.
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Newton Circus Chao Guo Tiao

Serangoon Garden Market and Food Centre
Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre is just after the Shell petrol station
Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre
The airy high-ceiling'ed Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre as seen from the Garden Street Kway Chap stall

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Hawker

Located at Stall 46 Serangoon Garden Market, 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555945
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丰记熟食炒粿条 (Feng Ji Shu Shi)

Feng Ji Shu Shi
Feng Ji Shu Shi's char kway teow is good and cheap !

Categories: Chinese, Char Kway Teow, Noodles, Hawker

Located at #04-45 Beauty World Centre, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588177
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This corner stall is found in an open-air hawker centre located at the 4th floor of this old shopping centre that has seen better days. The hawker centre is an anomaly that seems to be in a timewarp stuck in the 80s. A rare find in an age ruled by the Kopitiams and Food Junctions.

It produces some of the better fried kway teow in this area. If you don't want prata or the over-commercialized food eateries across at Cheong Chin Nam Road opposite this centre, then try this stall, gaze out over to Bukit Timah as you eat and let the surroundings bring you back to the 80s.
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