Char Kway Teow is indeed one of those things you got to eat, because there are only THAT many good stalls left in Singapore.
Due to the skills and time involved (very hard to mass produce to do a good plate), there is a lack of apprentices taking over businesses.
So much so that Dr Leslie Tay of @ieatishootipost fame would title his book “The End of Char Kway Teow”.
If you are craving for some, the popular stalls in Singapore include Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee (Hong Lim Food Centre), Hill Street Fried Kway Teow (Bedok South Road Food Centre), Fried Kway Teow (Amoy Street Food Centre), Lao Fu Zi (Old Airport Road Food Centre), 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee (Golden Mile Food Centre), Guan Kee Char Kway Teow (Ghim Moh Food Centre), and of course No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow.
This vintage Char Kway Teow stall is located at the entrance of Zion Riverside Food Centre.
Although its name is “No. 18 Zion Road”, the stall is really No. 17. The uncle who runs the stall has mastered the skill through the years of operation.
Take note though, the queue and wait can be quite long. Even if you spot a ‘reasonably short’ line of say 5 to 10 customers, Uncle Ho fries up each plate with effort, so be prepared to wait.
Each dish is cooked-to-order by batches so you can enjoy it fresh and piping hot on your tables.
Their Char Kway Teow ($4, $5, $6, $8) is packed with robust flavours and a hint of spiciness with ladles crispy pork lard.
The kway teow (flat rice and egg noodles) is springy and full of wok hei, mingling with a medley of fresh juicy cockles, fish cake, crunchy bean sprouts, egg, and lup cheong (Chinese sausage) blended in a black sauce and topped with gu chai (Chinese chives).
If you love cockles, you will love the many pieces that are in your plate.
Some love the wetness of the noodles (or should I say dryness), though others thought it could be moister overall (compared to say Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee).
On the flipside, I found it slightly on the greasy side (but I guess cannot be avoided that much), and it could have more of that sweet-dark sauce flavour when I last visited recently. (Tasted slightly different from what I remembered it to be.)
With its generous servings, the small plate of $4 is enough for someone with a “standard” appetite.
This stall has even been patronised by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong before, and is also listed under the Michelin Guide Singapore with a “Michelin Plate”.
No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow
70 Zion Road #01-17 Zion Riverside Food Centre, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)