The Place How often do you get two Michelin Bib Gourmand stalls right opposite each other? Not very often, but it is really coincidental that both Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee and Tai Wah Pork Noodles are the latest entrants to the coveted food list at Hong Lim Food Centre. After having Tai Wah Pork Noodles recently, I made another trip down to have Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee, even though I had it once few years back.
The queue at Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee has always been long way before its Bib Gourmand days, and be prepared to wait from any time between 15 minutes to an hour on average.
The Food The stall has been around for decades, with prices from S$4, where addition of cockles at S$2 and egg at S$0.50 apply. I went for the portion with an extra egg, which is relatively standard size and will probably not be filling enough for a hungry soul.
The Fried Kway Teow Mee here is characterised by its fragrant flavour, where each strand of the Kway Teow is fried to a very soft texture filled with ‘wok hei’, where it is fried in batches upon order. The dark sauce element here is quite pronounced, but not in a bad way as it does not taste too salty or overdone. To top it off, I actually love the crispy pork lard added along with the Fried Kway Teow.
Rants It is a bad idea to patronise the stall during lunch hours on weekdays as the queue is insanely long.
Will I Return Again? Overall, I find the Char Kway Teow at Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee to be good, and is definitely one of the better ones around in Singapore. That said, I do feel that something is still lacking and I would not be too quick to rate it as the best around. I will have Tai Wah Pork Noodles any time if I am at Hong Lim.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
531A Upper Cross Street
Tel: +65 6225 5632
Daily: 7am to 9pm
Ranted by The Ranter