Char kway teow in Singapore
The aromatic, wok-hei rich char kway teow is one of the staple dishes that can be found in almost every hawker centre in Singapore. However, each CKT stall is unique on its own. So, if you are looking to find the best char kway teow in Singapore, here are our top 15 char kway teow stalls that you should check out for a satisfying carb fix.
1. Cockle Fried Kway Teow
Cockle Fried Kway Teow, situated in Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Hawker Centre, offers two types of char kway teow—white ($3/$4) and black ($3/$4)—both of which come with the option to add chilli. If you can tolerate spice, we highly recommend going for the spicy version, as the chilli adds another layer of flavour to the dish. The char kway teow here is cooked to a well-balanced flavour, and is moist with a good bite.
Check out our Cockle Fried Kway Teow review!
Address: 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh, #01-08, Singapore 310075
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 5pm to 9pm
Tel: 9640 9104
2. Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow
If you prefer a wet-style char kway teow with an abundance of cockles and ingredients, visit Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow at Marine Parade. Over here, the char kway teow comes in three sizes ($4/$5/$6). It skews sweet, with a creamy mouthfeel. However, do note that their char kway teow is garlic-heavy, so non-garlic lovers be warned.
Check out our Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow review!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-27, Marine Parade Central Market & Food Centre, Singapore 440084
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 9am to 1:30pm
3. Fried Kuay Teaw Mee
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Located at Seah Im Food Centre lies a hidden char kway teow gem—Fried Kuay Teaw Mee. Although they are more known for their fried carrot cake, they do also dish up a delicious plate of char kway teow (from $3). The ingredients here are rather simple, with only fishcakes, bean sprouts and eggs, but what stands out the most to their customers is the rich wok hei fragrance. Moreover, the noodles tend to be drier, so if this is what you look out for in a CKT, consider trying them out!
Address: 2 Seah Im Road, #01-26, Seah Im Food Centre, Singapore 099114
Opening hours: Daily 7:30am to 8:30pm
4. Outram Park Char Kway Teow
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Started in the 1930s, Outram Park Char Kway Teow is definitely no stranger to any char kway teow enthusiast. Aside from the long heritage, they’re also known for the gao wok hei and generous portions of cockles in their CKT. Each plate starts at a standard $4, and you can top up $2 for more cockles or $0.50 for an extra egg. It is slightly wetter and sweeter than the typical CKT. Do expect a queue as this is arguably one of the most famous char kway teow stalls in Singapore, but it’ll be worth your wait!
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, #02-17, Hong Lim Complex, Singapore 051531
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6am to 3pm
5. Peter Fried Kway Teow Mee
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Peter Fried Kway Teow Mee at Tanjong Pagar Plaza offers three kinds of CKT: with fish cakes and cockles ($3.50/$4.50), with Chinese sausage ($4/$5), and with seafood ($4.50/$5.50). One thing worth mentioning is that they boil their kway teow in a special broth instead of water, which makes their CKT more flavourful.
Address: 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-05, Singapore 081006
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30am to 7pm, Sat 10:30am to 4pm
6. Hai Kee Teochew Char Kway Teow
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Another spot that’s been around for decades is Hai Kee Teochew Char Kway Teow. Founded in 1967, Mr Loh Kwee Leng has been dishing out CKT for over 50 years, alone! The CKT ($4/ $5) at Hai Kee is traditional and simple; it contains heaps of cockles, bean sprouts, and fried lard. It has a strong wok hei, and is fried towards a wet consistency.
Expect a 45-minute to one-hour wait as this is one of the popular CKT spots in Singapore. Mr Loh also fries one plate of char kway teow at a time, which explains the long waiting times!
Address: 11 Telok Blangah Crescent, #01-102, Singapore 090011
Opening hour: Mon-Sat 4:30pm to 9pm
7. Hill Street Char Kway Teow
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Another famous CKT stall that you should visit is Hill Street Char Kway Teow. The perpetually snaking queue here is, in itself, a testament to its popularity.
The CKT here starts from $4, and it is filled with flavour and wok hei, all thanks to its two-step wok-frying process. The first step involves frying the noodles in bulk, followed by a second fry, where the noodles are fried to order. These noodles are best enjoyed fresh!
Address: 16 Bedok South Road, #01-41, Pasar 16@Bedok, Singapore 460016
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10:30am to 4:45pm
Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-32, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Tue 11am to 6:30pm, Thurs 11am to 6:30pm, Sat 10am to 5pm
8. Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow
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Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow, a recipient of the Michelin Bib Gourmand award for good cooking, is another well known CKT stall to visit. The char kway teow here is available in three sizes: $3, $4, and $5. It is said that the ingredients are plentiful and the CKT is not too oily, which their fans appreciate. Head down as early as possible as they often sell out before closing!
Address: 20 Ghim Moh Road, #01-19, Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre, Singapore 270020
Opening hours: Tue-Wed 7:30am to 2pm, Sat 7:30am to 2pm
9. Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow
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Located at Old Airport Road Food Centre & Shopping Mall, Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow is arguably as good as Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow—another CKT stall within the same hawker centre that happens to be more well known. If you are looking for a simple, eggy plate of CKT, go for the $3 portion, which is their most basic plate. Alternatively, the $4 and $5 portions come with prawns and cockles. In terms of flavour, Dong Ji’s CKT is packed with garlic, and is less sweet compared to your typical CKT.
Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-138, Old Airport Road Food Centre & Shopping Mall, Singapore 390051
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11am to 2pm, 6pm to 8pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 2pm, 6pm to 8pm
10. Bendemeer Fresh Cockles Fried Kway Teow
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Not to be confused by its name, Bendemeer Fresh Cockles Fried Kway Teow is situated in 409 AMK Market And Food Centre. It is run by a father-and-son duo, where both of them have their own style of char kway teow ($3.50/$4.50)! Expect a saucy and wet CKT when the father is in the kitchen, and a drier, and more wok hei-filled CKT when the son is behind the wok.
Address: 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-13, 409 AMK Market And Food Centre, Singapore 560409
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 6:30pm
11. No.18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow
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If you are looking for another Michelin-recognised stall, check out No.18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow, which is often hyped as one of the must-try CKT stalls around. A plate of char kway teow here comes in either $4, $5, $6, or $8 portions, and is supposedly extra eggy, with a rich wok hei fragrance. It is also said to be much sweeter and darker than the average CKT, with a well-balanced ingredient-to-noodle ratio.
As with most of the famous stalls, do expect more than an hour’s wait, but it will definitely be worth your while.
Address: 70 Zion Road, #01-17, Zion Riverside Food Centre, Singapore 247792
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 10pm
12. 133 Penang Authentic
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133 Penang Authentic is located at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre. Here the char kway teow ($4/$6/$8) is served with lup cheong, bean sprouts, fish cakes, and prawns. If you are wondering what Penang-style CKT is, it’s a more savoury version of char kway teow, sporting a lighter brown hue. So do expect lighter flavours, rather than the sweet, robust CKT we’re familiar with.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-193, Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, Singapore 588215
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 9am to 3pm
13. Heng Huat Fried Kway Tiao
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For a less sinful char kway teow, try Heng Huat Fried Kway Tiao. Each plate of CKT ($3/ $4/$5/$7/$10/$12) is fried with chye poh, and it comes with a mountain of cai xin atop. So you can expect a slight savouriness from the chye poh, and a cleaner-tasting CKT thanks to the boiled greens.
You can also zhng up your CKT by going for the Fried Kway Tiao with Oyster ($10), which features the same char kway teow with cai xin, but topped with an oyster omelette.
Address: 121 Pasir Panjang Road, #01-36, Pasir Panjang Food Centre, Singapore 118543
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 9pm
14. Day and Night Fried Kway Teow
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Day and Night Fried Kway Teow stands out from the crowd with its narrow kway teow that’s akin to pad thai. Other than the type of noodles used, the CKT ($3/$4) here is said to be on par with the other famed CKT stalls in Singapore, taste wise. It is packed with ingredients, loaded with wok hei, and skewed towards a sweet and wet style.
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-41, Bukit Merah Central Food Centre, Singapore 150163
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 10am to 8pm
15. Meng Kee Fried Kway Teow
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If you would like to avoid the queues, and still get a promising plate of CKT, head to Meng Kee Fried Kway Teow. Fans of this stall have said that this is an underrated CKT stall simply due to its inconvenient location. Other than that, they serve a great plate of char kway teow ($3/$4/$5), filled with cockles that are plump and juicy.
Address: 22A Havelock Road, #01-07, Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre, Singapore 161022
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am to 6pm
Best char kway teow in Singapore
We have only listed a few of our favourite char kway teow stalls in Singapore. However, just like any other food, do take into consideration that everyone’s definition of best is subjective.