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Best Char Kway Teow in Singapore – No hum trying these highly-rated CKTs

Best Char Kway Teow in Singapore – No hum trying these highly-rated CKTs

Best Char Kway Teow in Singapore – No hum trying these highly-rated CKTs


Shi De Fu

#01-2150 AMK 347

Personally, I like to indulge earlier in the week as mental motivation to get things done right in the coming days. It was with this thought that I discovered some great tasting char kway teow at AMK 347 Foodhouse. 

shi de fu char kway teow

Shi De Fu is tucked away in a small corner with no number and helmed by a pretty friendly duo who records the orders using a notebook. The wait time was a very bearable 10 minutes and the first thing that hit me even before the plate was put on the table was a very smoky aroma, which actually reminded me of the roadside fare in Penang or Malacca. 

True to the smell, the first bite revealed a strong wok hei that was overpowering at first but gave way to the sweet taste of the black sauce and eggs after. Chunky bits of lup cheong were also thrown in and completed the mouthful on a nice salty note. This combination instantly won me over and I just might have burned my tongue when I rushed in for a second bite! 

shi de fu char kway teow

Shi de Fu's char kway teow very nicely straddles the wet/dry divide and is very generous with the cai xin, taugeh, and chopped garlic which adds a satisfying crunch to each bite and made me secretly forgive myself for ordering such a sinful delight. For those of you who enjoy cockles with their meal, this can be requested when placing an order with the uncle. 

Overall, I am very happy to have found this little gem of a stall and will definitely return for seconds or thirds! 

Chomp Chomp Fried Kway Teow Mee

#01-35 Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 4pm-Midnight

True to its name, Chomp Chomp Fried Kway Teow Mee specialises in its namesake dish. You’re also given the option to request for less oil and more vegetables.

I want my char kway teow as is, though — and it’s a glossy beauty unto itself when it arrives 20 minutes later. The famed stall often finds itself on top-ten lists, so I’m eager to see if this plate lives up to its hype.

It does. My char kway teow is a wok hei-laden dish, with a healthy ratio of chewy flat rice noodles to sturdy yellow noodles.

The sweet sauce, whose slight stickiness isn’t at all unpleasant, never runs into cloying territory. Instead, it carries caramelised notes; even a subtle nuttiness that’s rare to find in black char kway teow.

The accompanying hum (cockles) are a nice counterpoint to this plate, each plump morsel a briny counterpoint to the sweet dish. I do enjoy my kway teow with more egg, so its presence is sorely missed here.

The lup cheong, then, are your usual unctuous pieces that add to the already fragrant plate.

If you’re so inclined, Chomp Chomp Fried Kway Teow Mee also serves taugeh (bean sprouts) with cockles at $5 a pop.

Chuan Kee Fried Kway Teow

#01-41 Whampoa Drive Blk 90

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 12pm-10pm

Chuan Kee Fried Kway Teow

Another sinfully popular dish amongst hawker foodies here is char kway teow. The artery-clogging dish is fried with pork lard, veggies, eggs, and cockles, and every hawker does it slightly differently. Which is why a good plate of char kway teow is a personal choice and often debatable. 

char kway teow, fish cakes, chives, Chinese sausage, and cockles

Over at Chuan Kee Fried Kway Teow, the aloof hawker uncle sticks to his roots with a very Singaporean take on the dish. Expect to indulge in a guilty meal, as the stall is known for their intense, oily char kway teow and strong, smoky flavours. 

Every plate is fried to order, and expect to wait a bit if there’s a queue. There's only one size, and $3 gets you a huge plate of char kway teow, fish cakes, chives, Chinese sausage, and cockles. 

Chuan Kee certainly didn’t hold back with the ingredients. You can taste the pork lard in every bite, with the moist noodles soaking in the sweet, dark sauce. The cockles were fresh, and the sausages full of flavour, but it would have been nice to have a tang of lime. 

No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow

#01-17 Zion Riverside Food Centre

Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 12.30pm - 9pm

No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow review

Lauded for (supposedly) serving the best char kway teow in Singapore, the stall’s most famous supporter is none other than Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong himself.

The stall owner, Mr Ho, was even invited to the Istana, and witnessed the swearing-in of PM Lee in 2004!

I braved the 20-minute wait for this must-try dish. Even at 5:30pm, there were at least 12 people in the queue behind me, a testament to the stall’s immense popularity.  

char kway teow review

Only char kway teow is served, with options to choose with $4, $5, $6 or $8 plates. Do indicate if you want chilli and cockles added to your dish. The uncle taking my order was really friendly too and can communicate both in English and Mandarin.

Expectations were high as I dug into the dish, and they were definitely met! It wasn’t dry or greasy at all, and I could also taste the smoky wok hei as soon I took the first bite. Ingredients were extremely generous for the $5 portion I ordered and included fresh cockles, fish cake, lup cheong and bean sprouts.

char kway teow at Zion Road

Flavour-wise, I found the char kway teow well-balanced as well. A combination of thin yellow noodles and flat rice noodles, it was neither too salty nor sweet for my tastebuds.

Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow

#02-11 Tiong Bahru Market

Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow only does one dish and they do it rather well. The heritage stall has been in business for decades, started by owner Mr Tay when he was in his 20s. The business is mainly run by his daughter and her husband now, but the elder Tay, who’s in his 90s now, still occasionally makes an appearance behind the wok.

Tiong Bahru Fried Kway
Be prepared to wait - the Lonely Planet-recommended dish is fried up a plate at a time, and during our last visit at noon, it took about 25 to 30mins of queue time, but perhaps it’s worth the few extra minutes on our feet for such a rich dish. Although they serve up a less greasy version of the popular char kway teow, it’s still quite a decadent little meal. $3 for a small plate nets you a healthy portion, with good smoky wok hei, and oily sweetness coming through from the Chinese sausages.

The sliced fish cake lends a nice counter to the starchiness of the noodles. When it comes to the cockles, my verdict remains out. There was a good amount of them in my order, and though a little on the smaller side, they were plump and fresh, but they were quite mild-tasting and didn’t really add much oomph to the dish.

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