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Singapore's Best Char Kway Teow & Kway Chap

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Char Kway Teow and Kway Chap are two of the most popular and traditional noodle delicacies in Singapore. Both are also beloved comfort foods that can be commonly found in hawker centres and street food stalls throughout the Lion City.
Updated on 13 December 2023

Char Kway Teow is a stir-fried noodle dish, typically made with flat rice noodles, eggs, beansprouts, and scallions; and often mixed with other ingredients such as fishcake, shrimp, or lap cheong (Chinese sausage). The noodles are cooked in a large wok with dark soy sauce and chilli paste, lending a sweet and savoury flavour, with a slightly spicy kick. To finish, the dish is often garnished with chopped scallions and served with a lime wedge on the side.

Kway Chap, on the other hand, is a dish made with broad, flat rice noodles that are served in a rich and savoury broth procured from pork bones and aromatic spices, and is typically enhanced with garlic and soy sauce. It usually comes with a variety of offal such as intestines, liver, and stomach, as well as slices of braised pork belly or duck, served with chilli garlic sauce on the side.

The historical origins of these two noodle dishes in Singapore can be traced back to the early 20th century, when many Chinese immigrants brought their own unique recipes to Singapore and started operating hawker stalls and restaurants in the city. Today, Char Kway Teow and Kway Chap have become two of the representative rice noodle dishes of Singapore's dining culture, and travelers who visit Singapore add these to their list of must-have classic delicacies to try. Here are a few eateries selected by our MICHELIN Guide inspectors that serve them.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Blk 466, #01-12, Crawford Lane, 190466 Singapore
$ · Street Food

The origins of this small shop tucked inside a coffee shop in Crawford Lane can be traced all the way back to 1932. It is famous for its classic bak chor mee and pork kway teow noodle soup that comprises a rich broth, as well as fresh and tender meat. The sauce is also pretty special.

Add-on ingredients are also available such as wontons, fluffy cracklings, fried small anchovies, meatballs, thin slices of pork liver, minced meat, and more sliced meat. The stall has always been attracting countless food lovers, with each bowl made to order, so expect a queue especially during lunch and dinner hours.

Kelantan Kway Chap · Pig Organ Soup
Berseh Food Centre, #02-39, 166 Jalan Besar, 208877 Singapore
$ · Street Food

This stall located at Berseh Food Centre is famous for its unique pig's organ soup and kway chap.

Pig's organ soup is a traditional dish made from the pork's belly and offal, with special brine and spices; and the kway chap is made with smooth ribbon noodles and pork broth. In addition to the pork belly and pork intestines, other tasty items such as pork skin, trotters, marinated eggs, and tofu, are also available. Delicious and affordable, it is no surprise that many local residents and tourists often come by.

Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow
51 Old Airport Road Food Centre, #01-12, 51 Old Airport Road, 390051 Singapore
$ · Street Food

Located at the Old Airport Road Food Centre, this stall provides cooked-to-order black or white fried kway teow with varied ingredients such as bean sprouts, egg, Chinese sausage, and cockles. They are stir-fried in a secret soy-based sauce, and the final product is bursting with the wok's aroma or wok hey (breath of the wok). Whether you are a local resident or a tourist, trust that you can enjoy an authentic taste of Singapore here.

Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, #02-17, Blk 531A, Upper Cross Street, 051531 Singapore
$ · Street Food

This kway teow shop located at Hong Lim Market and Food Centre only serves one type of Char Kway Teow, but it attracts a large number of both locals and tourists everyday.

The highlights of the dish are the unique dark soy sauce and kway teow noodles that are cooked quickly and at a high temperature. The wok hey is strong and more eggs and cockles can be added upon request. The small shop is only open until noon or until they sell out, so come early to enjoy a serving of this famous char kway teow.

Hill Street Fried Kway Teow
Pasar 16@Bedok (Bedok South Food Centre), #01-41, 16 Bedok South Road, 460016 Singapore
$ · Street Food

If you want a taste of this shop's famous char kway teow, then be prepared to queue because patrons are aplenty and daily business hours are short. Flocked to by old gourmets, the char kway teow here comes with an intense flavour — packed with wok hey, and bursting with ingredients such as shallots, eggs, beansprouts, cockles, sausages, and more.

Lor 9 Beef Kway Teow
237 Lorong 9 Geylang, 389296 Singapore
$ · Street Food

Famous for its signature dish of Beef Kway Teow that comprises wide, smooth noodles, tender beef, and shallots served in a unique and tangy sauce, other popular items served here include Singaporean favourites such as Prawn Paste Chicken and Sotong (Squid). The restaurant's simplicity and affordability of dishes have attracted both many locals and tourists alike.

No.18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow
Zion Riverside Food Centre, #017, 70 Zion Road, 247792 Singapore
$ · Street Food

Located at the Zion Riverside Food Centre next to the Singapore River, this stall has been flocked to by local diners and has been operating for a long time now. It is famous for the char kway teow, which comes bursting with robust flavours and a hint of spiciness. Each serving is made-to-order, and the owner insists on using cockles, fish, lard, shallots, and other ingredients. With his special and slightly spicy sauce, the noodles are fried to excellence and are fragrant and delicious each and every time.