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Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Other Hill Street Fried Kway Teow (in Chinatown Complex Food Centre) 禧街炒粿条


Exploring the nooks and corners of the labyrinth of hawker stalls in the sprawling, time weathered Chinatown Complex food centre, I stumbled upon this queue and fried kway teow stall in the yellow zone. I instinctively whipped out my handphone and started taking pictures. A stranger, a gentleman in his 60s, gripped my forearm firmly and said, "This is the one. The best one. I have been eating this since they were in Hill Street. It's the same couple, cooking from young till now".


The gentleman in his first words to me had in the same breath, taken a swipe at another fried kway teow stall.

Photo credit: National Archives of Singapore

You see, there were two fried kway teow stalls in the old Hill Street Food Centre (beside the Central Fire Station). When the popular food centre was demolished in 2000, one stall moved to Bedok and another to here in Chinatown. Both stalls adopted the same name, Hill Street Fried Kway Teow 禧街炒粿条.

Both stalls have their own die hard fans. The friendly rivalry between fans of the two Hill Street fried kway teow stalls almost parallels that between Man Utd. and Liverpool fans or Barcelona and Real Madrid fans 😄

Of the two stalls, the one in Bedok enjoyed most of the media limelight while the one in Chinatown has remained under the media radar.


While the stall in Bedok is now run by the second generation, this stall in Chinatown is still run by the same couple from Hill Street Food Centre (hence, the gentleman's comment).


I ordered a $3 serving. The $4 serving comes with prawns.

I like it that the fried kway teow is served in a plastic plate instead of Styrofoam plates which most Chinatown hawkers are using since a long time ago.


I support hawkers who do not use disposable Styrofoam as it harms Mother Earth.


This char kway teow is the "wet" type with the aroma and flavour which I grew up with. This "wet" style differs from the "dry" Penang style which has caught on in popularity across Singapore and Malaysia. 


This char kway teow has chives, lup cheong slices (Cantonese wax sausage) and blood cockles, the three must have CKT ingredients for me.


The fried noodles doesn't have signs of char or sear but it is still flavoursome because of the caramelised sweet-savoury sauce, lard and ingredients. Stir fried with sauces, lard and water till the noodles were quite soft, it would be easier to eat this with a spoon than chopsticks 😂

The tasty noodles had layers of sweet savouriness from the caramelised sweet-savoury soy sauce, lup cheong, blood cockles and egg. The sweetness is quite pronounced, another obvious difference with Penang fried kway teow.


I requested for more cockles but the lady boss said no 😂 But, they were quite generous with it - about 5 or 6 pieces. Very fresh, taste really good, the way fresh cockles taste.


Quite a nice "wet" fried kway teow but I would really love it if the flavours were more intense, more punchy.

My post on the Hill Street Fried Kway Teow in Bedok 👈 click. Don't ask me which I prefer, as I have not tasted the one in Bedok since 2014 😂 But, I might try later 😄

For this "wet" style of fried see hum kway teow 鲜蛤炒粿条 my favourite is in Johor Bahru 👈 click. I like the JB one better because of its more robust flavours but the Chinatown stall actually has the edge for blood cockles.


Restaurant name: Hill Street Fried Kway Teow 禧街炒粿条
Address: Blk 335, Smith Street #02-32, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335 (Yellow zone) 
GPS: 1°16'57.7"N 103°50'34.4"E | 1.282705, 103.842889 
Waze: Chinatown Complex Food Centre 
Hours: 11:00am to 6:00pm (Sunday & Monday off)

Non Halal

Date visited: 1 Mar 2018  

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  1. I've tried both Hill St CKT stalls, and my vote goes to the Bedok one when the old uncle was frying it. Even with the son helming it, think the flavor is a shade more intense compared to the Chinatown one. The latter is still above average and enjoyable though.



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