Dong Cheng Eatery is a small no frills coffeshop in Joo Chiat for affordable good food. It houses Old Place Seafood Taiwan Porridge, Joo Chiat Prawn Mee and Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow. The char kway teow is very nice and is perhaps one of the most underrated in Singapore.
Dong Cheng Eatery in Joo Chiat
The coffeeshop located in a corner shop house in Joo Chiat place is one of those places where things seem to have not changed for decades. See our earlier post – Old Place Seafood Taiwan Porridge (古早坊台湾粥煮炒) at Joo Chiat – to read about our enjoyable meal there and to see more photos of the place, including a photo of fans “heavily coated with more than years of good memories”.
Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow
The char kway teow stall faces Joo Chiat Place. It is simply known as Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow. The signboard says “Since 1950s”. The original char kway teow man had operated in the neigbourhood for decades. We understand that he has retired.
The stall opens open daily from 11 am to 8.30 pm. However, the owner told us that they would usually close on alternate Wednesdays.
Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow is one of those old school hawker stalls where you simply order the food and stand there to wait for your food to be cooked and handed over to you. Each plate of char kway teow (CKT) will be prepared fresh right in front of your eyes. Even though we ordered 2 packets ($4 each) of the exact same thing to takeaway, each packet was prepared separately. The stall owner would add in the various ingredients, crack an egg into the mix and unhurriedly fry one plate of CKT. She would scoop out everything from her kwali, give the wok a quick wash before she would start on the next plate. Some might question the efficiency of her system. However, it was certainly nice to know that the plate of fried kway teow was specially prepared for me and me alone.
As you would expect, there was no fancy packaging. Just brown paper with red rubber bands for our Joo Chiat Place CKT. You could say that the packaging was eco-friendly. We decided to plate the CKT ourselves at home. When we did so we realised that the portion size was quite substantial.
Nice Wok Hei
Joo Chiat Place CKT had a really nice smokey aroma – plenty of wok hei. There were the usual ingredients, including Chinese sausages, fish cake, cockles and lar pok. It was not too greasy and neither too dry nor too wet. It tasted really good. We liked it as much as the famous Outram Park Fried Kway Teow and No.18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow.
GOLD 905 DJ Denise Tan said in CNA Makan Kakis that the Joo Chiat Place fried kway teow had “the most wok hei I’ve had the pleasure to encounter in a plate of char kway teow“. We would not dispute her on that. She also said that “this is a solid plate of char kway teow that is best eaten hot, straight out of the wok, as it tends to get dry and claggy if left out for too long. I’m not sure if I’d recommend it for takeaway“. She is probably right but we still enjoyed our takeaway fried kway teow very much.
Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow
59A Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427783.
Opening Hours : 11 am to 8.30 pm
Closed on alternate Wednesdays
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