Saturday, December 18, 2021

Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow @ Dong Cheng Eatery (Joo Chiat Place) - An Underrated Char Kway Teow Stall Comparable To Outram Park CKT


All of us probably has our own favourite char kway teow stall, and mine is Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee at Hong Lim Food Centre. I am glad to discover an underrated Char Kway Teow stall at Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow. It is located in a corner coffeeshop along Joo Chiat Place. In my opinion, it is comparable to Outram Park Fried Kway Teow.

Fried Kway Teow 4.5/5

Two ladies run the stall. The elder one fries the noodles while the young lady is busying de-shelling the cockles at the back of the stall. I suspect they are a mother and daughter team. I observed the stall fry a big batch of noodles for a quick 2 to 3 minutes and put them aside. Then the older lady will fry one plate at a time upon order. Before throwing the noodles, she first cracked an egg, followed by the different ingredients and sauces.


Each plate of Fried Kway Teow here is priced at $4 or $5. It is neither wet nor dry. It is a well-balanced plate of smoky yellow noodles and rice noodles, with cockles, beansprouts, lup cheong, fishcake and egg.


What do I like about the plate of char kway teow here? First, it is not too sweet, having a good balance of sweet and savoury. The texture is not too dry or wet. It is packed with smokiness and is not cloyingly greasy. All in all, everything comes together as a plate of complex yet delicious goodness.


So what is the difference between Outram Park Fried Kway Teow and Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow? Taste-wise, both are very comparable, but Joo Chiat Place is smokier. Outram Park's egg is runnier. Also, I was not too fond of the lup cheong used by Joo Chiat as it has a mushy texture. Last but not least, there is no queue at Joo Chiat. I can't guarantee when more foodies know about the stall, but I only waited for 5 minutes when I was there.


Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow
59 Joo Chiat Place
Singapore 427783
Nearest MRT: Dakota (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 830pm
(Closed on alternate Wed)

1) Alight at Dakota MRT Station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at block 99 (Stop ID 81181). Take bus number 33. Alight 6 stops later. Walk to junction of Tembeling Road and Joo Chiat Place. Walk to destination. Journey time about 18 minutes. [Map]

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