Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee – Is it worth the wait?
When you have tasted a really good plate of dish, you will never forget its taste. When I was still a kid, my parents once brought me to a famous Char Kway Teow stall in Penang and it was the best Char Kway Teow I ever had. It was savoury with robust flavours from the hot wok, hot chilli, lard, chives and duck egg. It was very memorable because the owner used charcoal fire and her wok had a hole at a corner.
I always believe that, if you decided to eat a plate of Char Kway Teow, you should only eat the best. Meaning to say, you should never waste your calories on those which is not shiok to begin with. For me, a good plate of Char Kway Teow must have pork lard, because that is one of a contributing factor to its good taste. Of course, the “wok hei” is another deciding factor. Therefore, food lovers will go all the way to find a good plate of Char Kway Teow.
That is why, you will see the long queues forming at Outram Park Fried Kway Teow. The stall was first started by Mr Ng’s father at Metropole Cinema in Tanjong Pagar in the 50s. The stall however is named after their tenure at the second outlet in Outram Park. Mr Ng became to help his father since the beginning and officially took over about 10 years ago.
Mr Ng is very focused on his frying and is very patient to ensure that the noodles are well fried before serving them. If you noticed, he “dances” while frying his char Kway Teow. This is to prevent his legs from getting tired.
The plate of kuey teow has cockles, bean sprouts & fried pork lard to complement the tasty egg. The noodles are smooth, thoroughly coated with special black sauce and packs with a wallop of wok hei. Every other bite comes with the crunchy deep-fried lard. Each plate of Char Kway Teow costs $3.
I think this is worth the wait. But it is not my top favourite.
Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, #02-18 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
Opening hours: 6am to 4.30pm, closed on Sundays and public holidays