I was having a late lunch at tiong bahru market. I have no idea what to eat because of the wide variety of choices available. Then this striking aroma just makes me drool.
I follow the smell to find the source (like a dog), and I ended up at this fried kway teow stall. But as a singaporean, I contemplate. Few stall away, I saw the famous tiong bahru fried kway teow and in my mind, I'm battling which one should I go for. I followed my mind and go ahead and order with the aroma that captures my heart.
BEST DECISION I EVER MADE! The moment I take the first bite, that wok-hei, that sweet and spicy noodles, the fishcake, the lap cheong and the HUM just brings me back to my childhood where I used to eat in the past. Something out of ordinary though is that they added vegetables. LOL I'm not a fan of greens so I might ask the auntie to leave it out next time!
After I finished my meal, I had a little chat with the auntie. Turns out, she has been frying kway teow since a teenager with her dad along singapore river. And she used to sell fried kway teow at the kopitiam opposite the tb market. So... technically, it's tiong bahru fried kway teow right? Just not famous with all the newspaper cuttings though. She also mentioned moving to the market is a bad move. Everyone see the famous one just go queue. Luckily the auntie got alot of regular customer if not she don't know how to survive.
I'm sorry to be abit dramatic here but it's so good I need to share. Worth a try. Plus it's $2! Where can you find $2 kway teow anymore?!
Not a massive plate, though this char kway teow (fried flat noodles) more than makes up for its size in flavour. It is an oily plate of sticky-sweet, dark, wok hei-laden kway teow, bulked up with chunks of egg, fat beansprouts, slices of fishcake, and – we weren’t expecting this – plenty of hum (blood cockles). Leave the vinegar-infused chilli sauce on the side – it mars the otherwise spot-on dish.