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Elusive Guan Kee aka Famous Ghim Moh Fried Kway Teow. I Waited 20 Years for this 🤔 源记炒粿条

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The last time I tasted Guan Kee char kway teow was some 20 yeas ago. Since then, I faced only closed shutters, until this morning. It was a special joy as I had been waiting to taste this CKT again for a very long time, one of Singapore's most famous fried kway teow.

Stall name: Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow 源记炒粿条


Address: 20 Ghim Moh Road, stall #01-19, Singapore 270020 (Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre)


Nearest MRT station: Buona Vista


Hours: 7:30am - 1:00pm (Thurs, Fri, Sun, Mon off) i.e. open on Tues, Weds, Sat only


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For the past 20 years, this was what greeted me when I come to Ghim Moh Food Centre.

Guan Kee was closed for a while as uncle Tan hurt his arm. When the stall resumed operations, business days are few and hours short.

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Arriving at Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre before 8am today, I wasted no time to get in line once I saw Guan Kee opened for business. Finally, closure after a twenty year wait.

The waiting in line was more bearable, just some 30 minutes. (They have a sensible policy of limiting takeaway packets to maximum of 5 per customer 👏👏👏 )

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There's $4 and $5 servings, I opted for the smaller portion as there were several other stalls I wanted to try at Ghim Moh food centre this morning.

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There was a whiff of that old familiar aroma of old school CKT from the plate of piping hot fried kway teow. I am not sure how to describe it. I wanted to catch another whiff - sniffed, sniffed.... but it was no longer there. So fleeting. Ah! 🤦

It's like a dream which when you wake up, no matter how hard you try, you just cannot recall what it was about 🤔

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The broad rice noodles and yellow noodles were mostly broken up by vigorous stir frying. If wok hei is defined by a smokey taste and smell, there wasn't much of it.

The smoking mound of tender noodles was slightly dryer compared to the other Singapore CKT stalwart Outram Park Fried Kway Teow at Hong Lim Food Centre. Other than that, I think there isn't much to tell them apart. So, if you are a fan of Outram Park CKT, Guan Kee would likely be in your good books too.

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The noodles were well enveloped and infused with savoury sweet flavours from the sauce. Lard, bak pok (lard crouton freshly prepared at the stall), grease from lup cheong (Cantonese wax sausage), blood from cockles, eggs, fish cake slices, bean sprouts, chili sauce, etc all add their flavours to the dish. The resulting concoction with all the flavours in harmony was really quite tasty.

Sounds simple but very few stalls in Singapore mastered this - transforming humble ingredients into a black (colour) magic potion by turning and tossing them in a hot wok. When we pay $4 or $5 to a char kway teow hawker, it is for his skill.

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When I cleaned my plate, there was a happy and content feeling of calorie or cholesterol allowance very well spent.

And, of course, closure from mission accomplished after 20 years 😊

Written by Tony Boey on 28 Apr 2021

2 comments:

  1. I love CKT. I had this before (like 25 years ago) and it was good, but now I find the CKT here inconsistent. It has been a hit and miss until I've stop eating CKT when I come to Ghim Moh. I still eat Outram Park CKT at Hong Lim, but aim to go there before 7am to avoid most of the queues. I find the CKT more consistent there.

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    1. Yes yes for Outram Park CKT i want to try their fried bee hoon. Only available for early bird.

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