Tanjong Pagar Fried Kway Teow @ Tanjong Pagar Market

Black or white? Recently this question has been popping up quite often and today, I have the option of deciding on black or white again but this time, the question is related to food, not gadgets. Lol

Most of us would be familiar with Char Kway Teow which is served black. How many of us had actually seen or eaten white Char Kway Teow? I have heard of it before but never tasted it. Since my cols are ordering Char Kway Teow from the Tanjong Pagar Fried Kway Teow stall, #02-09, I tagged along the order for a white (Penang Style) one.

My plate of White Fried Kway Teow, $3. It is generous with lots of hum ( aka cockles) but lacks the wok hei of normal Char Kway Teow. Also, it tasted more of fish sauce than the sweet and salty combination you would get from a Black Char Kway Teow.

Stirring the noodles after squeezing the calamansi, I was surprised to find a prawn hidden in the Kway Teow. My col told me that if you ordered the Char Kway Teow without cockles, the stall owner will replace it with prawns.  This is really a nice gesture as  a lot of people are shying away from eating cockles due to scare of getting hepatitis. For me, I do not like to eat the cockles themselves but will still request for it to be fried together with the Kway Teow for the taste but will pick them out once I get my plate. 😛  You may think I am weird but the soul of Char Kway Teow is lost without these cockles.

White Char Kway Teow is really a refreshing change from the usual Black Char Kway Teow. For people who want to cut back on the sugar and calories intake and yet cannot resist this sinful hawker dish, you can consider opting for this white version. 🙂


Tanjong Pagar Fried Kway Teow stall
Tanjong Pagar Market Food Center,
Blk 6, #02-09
Open: Monday – Friday: 8am – 3pm

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