Top 10 Best Char Kway Teow in Singapore
Char kway teow is made of a mix of flat rice noodles and yellow wheat noodles, stir-fried over high heat with light and dark soy sauce, garlic, chilli, lup cheong (Chinese waxed sausage), egg, fishcake and beansprouts. The most sinful (but satisfying part)—char kway teow is stir-fried in lard, giving it fragrance and texture. Fresh prawns and blood cockles are then added to the mix. Local and regional variants of the dish also incorporate belacan (dried shrimp paste). Tropika Club aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. Read on to find out where are the Top 10 Best Char Kway Teow in Singapore.
Table of Contents
- No Time to Read? Here’s a Snappy Summary of This Article
- 1. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee 欧南园炒粿條面
- 2. No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow
- 3. 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee
- 4. Hill Street Fried Kway Teow 禧街炒粿條
- 5. Meng Kee Fried Kway Teow
- 6. Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow
- 7. Heng Huat Fried Kway Teow
- 8. Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow
- 9. Lai Heng Fried Kuay Teow & Cooked Food
- 10. Green Sky Fried Kway Teow
- 11. Hai Kee Teochew Char Kuay Teow
- 12. Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow 老夫子炒粿条
- 13. Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow
- 14. Circuit Road Char Kway Teow
- 15. Katong (Peter) Fried Kway Teow Mee
No Time to Read? Here’s a Snappy Summary of This Article
- Introduction: The article introduces char kway teow as a popular dish made of stir-fried flat rice noodles and yellow wheat noodles with various ingredients and sauces. It also explains the ranking method used by Tropika Club to compare different sources and reviews.
- Top 10 List: The article lists the top 10 best char kway teow stalls in Singapore according to their rankings, with a brief description of their offerings, location, contact, and website. The list is as follows:
- Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee 欧南园炒粿條面
- No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow
- 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee
- Hill Street Fried Kway Teow 禧街炒粿條
- Meng Kee Fried Kway Teow
- Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow
- Heng Huat Fried Kway Teow
- Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow
- Lai Heng Fried Kuay Teow & Cooked Food
- Green Sky Fried Kway Teow
- Other Recommendations: The article also mentions five other stalls that are worth trying, namely Hai Kee Teochew Char Kuay Teow, Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow 老夫子炒粿条, Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow, Circuit Road Char Kway Teow and Katong (Peter) Fried Kway Teow Mee.
- Conclusion: The article concludes by inviting readers to try out the best char kway teow in Singapore and share their feedback with Tropika Club. It also provides links to other articles on local food and lifestyle topics.
1. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee 欧南园炒粿條面
Introduction: The stall was first started by Mr Ng’s father at Metropole Cinema in Tanjong Pagar in the 50s. The stall, however, is named after their tenure at the second outlet in Outram Park. Mr Ng became to help his father since the beginning and officially took over about 10 years ago.
Offerings: What’s so special about this stall’s char kway teow? The plate of kuey teow has cockles, beansprouts and fried pork lard to complement the tasty egg. The noodles are smooth, thoroughly coated with special black sauce and packs with a wallop of wok hei. Every other bite comes with the crunchy deep-fried lard.
Location: 531A Upper Cross St, #02-17, Singapore 051531
2. No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow
Introduction: No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow, ranked as one of the best char kway teows in Singapore. This stall is hidden within the Zion Riverside Food Centre which selling $4 char kway teow. The stall owner, Mr Ho, got invited to the Istana to witness the swearing-in of the Singapore Prime Minister and his Cabinet Ministers on August 2004.
Offerings: This char Kway teow was cooked with a good amount of fishcake, beansprouts, Chinese sausage, pork lard and fresh cockles. The portion is generous. ‘The taste is yummy’ commented by the stall supporters. It has a right balance of sweet and savoury filled with a strong wok hei flavour.
Location: 70 Zion Rd, #01-17 Zion Riverside Food Centre, Singapore 247792
Contact: +65 9868 5507
3. 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee
Introduction: Named after the stall’s number at the Golden Mile Food Centre, 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee is known for its healthier version of Char Kway Teow with no pork, no lard but added with toppings of chye sim and fried whitebait. It also has a “Michelin Plate” which recommended by Michelin Guide 2019.
Offerings: Do you ever tried a ‘healthy’ plate of Char Kway Teow? Come visit 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee! Their rendition of Fried Kway Teow Mee caters to health-conscious diners watching their calories and fat intake which costs $3.00 (S), $4.00(M), $5.00(L) per plate. This kway teow mee with a special broth that takes about 10 hours to prepare and their chye sim are not oily as they are not stir-fried, blanched and topped only before serving. They also will add a nice, crunchy texture of some fried whitebait on top of the noodles.
Location: 505 Beach Rd, #01-91, Singapore 199583
4. Hill Street Fried Kway Teow 禧街炒粿條
Introduction: The owner of this stall, Mr Tan is truly a hawker legend as he has been frying the same dish since he was 17. He was 51 years of doing the same thing over and over again, day in and day out. There are not many people in the world that can boast of such a feat! Over the 51 years, his wok ladle has been worn down to 1/3 of its original size.
Offerings: If you have time, you must go and grab this Fried Kway Teow in Hill Street Fried Kway Teow! You must be prepared to queue at least half an hour by grabbing it. The owner can infuse the ‘wok hei’ into the noodle while still keeping it lively and chewy. Another secret of these noodles is the quality of the pork lard used by the owner. It is made fresh every day with specially procured pork fat.
Location: 335 Smith St, #02-32, Singapore 050335
5. Meng Kee Fried Kway Teow
Introduction: Meng Kee Fried Kway Teow located at Wei Xuan Eating House on Havelock Road and with more than 30 years serving people. This stall is highly voted as one of the best char kway teow shops in Singapore that you should try once in your life.
Offerings: Meng Kee provides a smooth, moist, and sweet version of char kway teow. The more sweet sauce is added to make the noodles sweeter than the usual that commonly found in Singapore. Generous amount of bean sprouts and smell of the wok ‘wok hei’ are a reward for those patiently waiting for Meng Kee’s char kway teow plates.
Location: #01-669 Wei Xuan Eating House22 Havelock Road Singapore 160022
Contact: +65 9475 7062
6. Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow
Introduction: Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow is a popular Kway Teow stall at the Old Airport Road Food Centre. Their char kway teow is like a fusion between Penang and Singapore style Char Kway Teow.
Offerings: If you are a char kway teow lover but not a big eater, then you can try out Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow. Their portion is quite tiny but the noodles were cooked with plenty of eggs, big cockles, and fresh prawns. The conservative use of sweet black sauce, and felt like a hybrid between the Singapore char kway teow and the Penang version.
Location: Food Centre #01-138, Old Airport Rd, Singapore 390001
7. Heng Huat Fried Kway Teow
Introduction: The staller has been frying his Char Kway Teow for over 30 years, from the time he took over his father’s stall in Spottiswoode Park. He started by adding the vegetables into the noodles. Not because of health reasons, it tastes better that way.
Offerings: Char kway teow here is stir-fried with bean sprouts, cockles, eggs, chye poh and topped with a mountain of stir-fried chye sim. You can also choose to add on oysters with your char kway teow.
Location: #01-36 Pasir Panjang Rd, Food Centre, No. 121, Singapore 118543
Contact: +65 9735 5236
8. Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow
Introduction: Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow was nestled in the bustling Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre. Mr Tan Ah Guan, a self-taught hawker, prepares his popular char kway teow behind an unassuming stall with an equally nondescript signboard. His noodle is known as the Wet Char Kway Teow with a distinctive charcoal fragrance in Marine Parade Hawker Centre.
Offerings: If you are a garlic fan, you definitely will love this plate of char kway teow. Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow is drenched with a very intense garlicky eggy sauce. They also added lots of cockles, ‘lup cheong’ and fishcake into the noodles to enhance it’s flavour.
Location: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-174, Marine Parade Central Market & Food Centre, Singapore 440084
9. Lai Heng Fried Kuay Teow & Cooked Food
Introduction: With 16 years of experience cooking char kway teow, Lai Heng Fried Kuay Teow & Cooked Food brings the eaters the unlikely marriage of char kway teow and otak.
Offerings: What makes Lai Heng Fried Kuay Teow & Cooked Food unique from other char kuay teow stalls? They are the only stall in Singapore to offer otak (grilled fish cake) with their char kuay teow. The combinations are worked well and taste brilliant. The portion was generous for a price of $2.50(S) and $3.00(L).
Location: #02-20, Shunfu Mart Food Centre, Blk 320 Shunfu Road, Singapore 570320
10. Green Sky Fried Kway Teow
Introduction: One of the only few stalls selling Halal-certified char kway teow in Singapore, Green Sky’s version of the dish was extremely flavoursome, relatively eggy, and its large portion was greatly appreciated.
Offerings: For Muslim friends who yearn for a taste of authentic-tasting char kway teow? Can grab your dish in Green Sky Fried Kway Teow. The owner makes his char kway teow tastes like the real deal minus the lard. The ingredients are a bit on the skimpy side, but the noodles are flavourful with a hint of delightful wok breath.
Location: No. 1, Bedok Road, #01-14, Bedok Food Centre, 469572, 469572
Contact: +65 8797 2132
11. Hai Kee Teochew Char Kuay Teow
Introduction: Known to many as the famous Queenstown char kway teow, Hai Kee Char Kway Teow still draws in long queues when the shutter goes up at 5 pm. Having fried the dish for over 40 years, the stall owner, Mr Low still prefers to cook it traditionally with prawns, fish cake, and lup cheong.
Offerings: Hai Kee Teochew Char Kuay Teow offers a plate of kway teow and noodles with the sweetness of dark soy sauce and a sufficient amount of wok fragrance to its diners. The aromatic fragrance that contributed by the addition of egg and pork lard to create a simply pure addiction. You also can add some sambal chilli on your noodles to have an indulging experience.
Location: 11 Telok Blangah Cres, #01-102, Singapore 090011
12. Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow 老夫子炒粿条
Introduction: Comic? No, it wasn’t! Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow is one of the most famous noodle stalls in Old Airport Road which offer a cooked-to-order black or white fried kway teow with varied ingredients and nicely balanced flavours.
Offerings: Offering both the black or white versions, Lau Fu Zi’s fried kway teow are all cooked individually plate-by-plate by the staller. The dish carried a well-balanced flavour, and not very oily.
Location: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-12 Food Centre, Singapore 390051
13. Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow
Introduction: Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow has been open more than 25 years and it is one of the cheapest Fried Kway Teow in Singapore with the cost of $3.
Offerings: Looking for memorable old school taste with a nice and moist texture of fried kway teow? Come visit Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow. Their fried kway teow has the taste you looking for and was served with ingredients like Chinese sausage, fishcake, cockles, beansprouts and a tinge of spicy chilli sauce. The noodles texture is moist with a sweet-savoury flavour.
Location: 30 Seng Poh Rd, #02-11, Singapore 168898
14. Circuit Road Char Kway Teow
Introduction: The stall owner, Mr Chee Wei Liang started this Circuit Road Char Kway Teow more than 30 years ago. He is also known by the eaters with the title of “dancing char kway teow man” as he will start dancing especially when there are massive orders lining up.
Offerings: What so special in this stall? The stall owner Mr Chee uses char siew (barbecued pork) and thin kway teow (like pad thai) instead of lup cheong (Chinese sausage) and normal kway teow. He also added the shredded carrots and stir-fried cucumbers into the noodles. He also caters for Muslims by using vegetable oil (upon request). Besides, his homemade chilli sauce is pretty solid, packing a really good punch.
Location: Blk #01-19, 79 Circuit Rd, Singapore 370079
Contact: +65 9667 9142
15. Katong (Peter) Fried Kway Teow Mee
Introduction: Peter Fried Kway Teow Mee started by Peter Lim, the founder, in a coffee shop at Jago Close. The coffee shop is along East Coast Road and near to Holy Family Church, before moving to Tanjong Pagar Food Centre. Benny, his son, started to help out before eventually took over the stall. He is manning it single-handedly now. The stall was quite popular when they were in Katong but not so now though there is still a queue during lunch.
Offerings: Katong (Peter) Fried Kway Teow Mee selling two styles of Char Kway Teow, either Penang or Teochew style. You can add on Chinese sausages (lup cheong) or seafood to give extra flavour to your char kway teow. This char kway teow hits you immediately with sweet and savoury notes by using sweet chye poh. This gives it the sweet and salty flavour which is really unique and strangely delicious. The lime juice brought the plate of Char Kway Teow to another level. The best part was it was not even greasy as it was fried with soup broth.
Location: 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #02-05, Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre, Singapore 081006
Contact: +65 9817 3079
We hope you enjoyed reading our list of the top 10 best char kway teow in Singapore. Whether you prefer it wet or dry, spicy or mild, with or without lard, there is a stall for you to satisfy your cravings. Char kway teow is not only a delicious dish, but also a part of our hawker culture and heritage. It reflects the diversity and creativity of our local cuisine, as well as the skill and passion of our hawkers. So, the next time you are feeling hungry, why not head down to one of these stalls and treat yourself to a plate of char kway teow? You won’t regret it! And don’t forget to share your feedback with us at Tropika Club. We would love to hear from you and your experience. If you are looking for more local food and lifestyle tips, check out our other articles on Tropika Club Magazine. We have everything from the best chicken rice to the best spas in Singapore. Stay tuned for more updates and happy eating!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is char kway teow?
Char kway teow is a dish of stir-fried flat rice noodles and yellow wheat noodles with various ingredients and sauces. It is a popular dish in Singapore and Malaysia, as well as other parts of Southeast Asia. The name means “stir-fried rice cake strips” in Hokkien dialect.
What are the ingredients of char kway teow?
The ingredients of char kway teow may vary depending on the stall, but typically include eggs, cockles, prawns, fish cake, Chinese sausage, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, garlic, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, and lard oil. Some stalls may also add chilli paste, belacan (dried shrimp paste), mustard greens, Chinese kale, or oyster sauce for extra flavour.
How is char kway teow cooked?
Char kway teow is cooked over high heat in a large wok. The noodles are tossed and stirred quickly with the ingredients and sauces, creating a smoky aroma and flavour known as wok hei. The dish is usually served hot on a plate or a banana leaf.
What are the benefits of eating char kway teow?
Char kway teow is a satisfying and filling dish that can provide energy and protein. The noodles are rich in carbohydrates, while the eggs, cockles, prawns, and fish cake are sources of protein. The bean sprouts and Chinese chives are also good for digestion and vitamin C. However, char kway teow is also high in fat, sodium, and calories, so it should be eaten in moderation and balanced with other healthy foods.
How to find the best char kway teow in Singapore?
There are many stalls that sell char kway teow in Singapore, but not all of them are equally good. To find the best char kway teow in Singapore, you can check out our list of the top 10 best char kway teow stalls in Singapore [link to article], which are ranked based on their reviews and ratings from various sources. You can also look for signs of quality such as long queues, fresh ingredients, generous portions, and strong wok hei. Alternatively, you can ask your friends or locals for their recommendations or try different stalls until you find your favourite.
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