Fried Kway Teow is somewhat of a national dish, being one of the many local favourites among Singaporeans. It’s also one of the topics of great debate – which is the best Char Kway Teow Stall? As it’s highly subjective, the title of ‘Greatest Char Kway Teow in Singapore’ is rarely ever agreed upon.
The History Of This Legendary Fried Kway Teow Stall
The original owner of the store, Mr Ng Chang Siang, passed away last year at age 71. He had been suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) for 4 years before his passing, which had left him bedridden. Mr Ng Yeow Kiat, his oldest son, has since succeeded the business. Along with his aunt and a helper, the younger Mr Ng has been running the stall successfully for the past five years.
Being the oldest of six siblings, the younger Mr Ng has big shoes to fill. His father started selling Char Kway Teow in 1961 out of a roadside pushcart in Wayang Street. With support from his loyal customers, he relocated to a hawker centre in Hill Street. He later moved to the current location in Block 16 Bedok South Road in 2000, where they have been operating from ever since.
The late Mr Ng has been able to maintain his reputation due to his high standards. According to the younger Mr Ng, it had taken his father six months to even try the Char Kway Teow he cooked, and nearly a year to accept it. Now, he proudly continues his father’s legacy by upkeeping his strict standards. Such tenacity has helping him in obtaining a spot in the highly-coveted Michelin Guide.
Hill Street Fried Kway Teow’s Journey to the Michelin Guide 2019!
For many who live in the East, Hill Street Fried Kway Teow is one of the unanimous favourites, if not THE most popular Char Kway Teow spot in Singapore. Snaking queues with a wait time averaging at 40 minutes is a common sight, despite the factory-like efficiency of the aunt-nephew duo running the store.
Earlier this year, Hill Street Fried Kway Teow was added to the Michelin Guide 2019. Michelin inspectors praised the “intense flavour” of the dish and noted the “fresh ingredients” used.
Hill Street Fried Kway Teow’s noodles are one of those dishes that will have you taking cheat days just to cure your cravings. With sinful nuggets of pork lard crisps, this noodle dish is bad for the waistline, but great for the soul! Their cockles are fresh and sizeable, cooked just right to give that addictive bite without being too rubbery.
The noodles are a mix of flat rice noodles (Kway Teow) and slim yellow noodles, which are cooked perfectly al-dente. The noodles soak up the sauce perfectly without being too soggy, nicely complimenting the crunchy beansprouts.
Local Michelin Guide 2019 Hawker Stall’s Story
From father to son, it’s heartwarming to see this legendary hawker stall become a second-generation business. With the legacy kept alive, Hill Street Char Kway Teow maintains its reputation as one of the best in the scene. Come down to Bedok and try it for yourself – it’s sure to find a spot in your list of top Char Kway Teow stalls!
Location: #01-41, 16 Bedok South Road, Singapore 460016
Opening Hours: Tues – Sat: 10.30am – 4.45pm (Closed on Mon & Sun)