333 Carrot Cake – Tour Guide Now a Hawker Selling Masala Carrot Cake in Circuit Road Market & Food Centre
We always love a good, no-frills classic carrot cake dish, but this dish is actually very versatile! This is especially evident at 333 Carrot Cake which has not only won over regulars with their black and white carrot cake, but have also got customers hooked on their special Indian-inspired masala carrot cake as well.
The stall is helmed by Desmond Wee, a former tour guide who went from showing tourists the local sights to waking up at the crack of dawn to dish out a beloved local favourite. It all started when the pandemic reared its ugly head and prompted him to make a career switch by signing up with NEA’s hawker development programme.
“I wanted to do something in the morning. And carrot cake is something that everyone of all ages will like,” he laughed when asked why he chose to hone his skills for this particular dish. After training under another carrot cake hawker whose stall is situated in Telok Blangah Crescent (we’ve reviewed them before), he took the extra step to complete some experimentation of his own with his family as guinea pigs.
This led to the creation of his masala carrot cake, which was actually inspired by his time as a tour guide and showing many Indian tourists around. He fries it up in a separate wok so as not to mix the blend of spices used for the usual black and white carrot cake.
Both the black and white carrot cake each cost $3 while the yuan yang and masala versions cost $4. There’s even the option to add an extra egg for $0.50.
Before we dive into the unusual masala version, let’s take a look at the Yuan Yang ($4). Supplier-bought they may be, the firm, chonky cubes of radish cake were nicely fried, well-seasoned, and carried a slight whisper of wok hei. There was also plenty of eggy goodness to go around along with plenty of sweet-salty chye poh (preserved radish) and sharp, fragrant hints of spice from the added chilli woven into it.
The black carrot cake was equally yummy, bringing forth a caramelised sweetness that wasn’t too saccharine. The radish cubes were slightly more minced up here compared to the ones in the white carrot cake. I would have preferred if the chilli was slightly stronger, but I definitely wouldn’t pass up the black carrot cake.
And now, we have the Masala Carrot Cake ($4) that sets 333 Carrot Cake apart from the scores of carrot cake stalls out there. The aroma from the heady mix of spices will instantly capture your attention and definitely whet your appetite. The aromatic combination of garam masala and curry leaves gave the carrot cake a rich and spicy twist, and a deliciously complex mix of flavours.
This delightful carrot cake fusion is undoubtedly one of the better ones I’ve had and their OG renditions are nothing to sneeze at either. It’s also just a short walk away from MacPherson MRT, which makes it impossible to not visit!
333 Carrot Cake
Address: 80 Circuit Road, Circuit Road Market & Food Centre, #02-16, Singapore 370080
Phone: 9178 4208
Opening Hours: 6am to 12.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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