Chey Sua Carrot Cake @ Toa Payoh
Fried carrot cake is a common Teochew dish that you will see in every hawker centre. The white one is more savoury while the black one uses dark soy sauce to give it sweetness. Over the years, many hawkers have adapted to changes and even get their carrot cake from suppliers. But there are some stalls that still hold on to the traditional cooking method that passed down from the previous generation. One of them is Chey Sua Carrot Cake.
It’s a Sunday morning. As usual, the hungry crowds are all waiting for their plate of Chey Sua Carrot Cake. Meet the two sisters – Grace and Shirley. Started by their parents about 50 years, the two sisters took over their parents’ business for more than 20 years. Shirley does the frying, while Grace takes the order. Even though the wait is 45 minutes, many of them just agreed to do it.
Their parents’ carrot cake stall used to be at Serangoon Gardens Way. Shirley has been helping out at her parents’t stall since young and has perfected the skill. Everyday, they insist on making their own radish cake, put in aluminium bowls and steam it and leave it overnight to achieve the firmness. Shirley says factory made ones may be too soft or too hard sometimes, so by making her own, she can ensure consistency in the cakes. I really admire her dedication.
At Chey Sua, they only do white carrot cake. They will pan fry one side till crispy while leaving the other side only lightly fried. Unlike most carrot cake stalls where they place the chilli sauce by the side, Chey Sua actually pan fries the chilli sauce together with the crispy surface. What I like about it is the crispy eggy part which covered the soft kueh underneath.
Here’s a short interview with Shirley.
Chey Sua Carrot Cake
Address: #02-30, Toa Payoh West Market and Food Court, 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 6am to 1pm, closed on Mon
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Chey Sua Carrot Cake is taking part in the Singapore Ultimate Hawker Fest this year. And to take part in this event, they will be closing their stall for that day. I am very thankful for their participation! This is a charity event to showcase some of our delicious street food in Singapore. At the same time, it was also an event to raise money for the beneficiaries under the care of TOUCH Community Services REGARDLESS of race and religion.
Singapore Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014
Venue: SUNTEC Convention Hall 401-402
Date: 22 Nov 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 11am to 5pm
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