Singaporeans love their carrot cake (also known as Chai Tow Kway). Radish cubes fried with garlic, preserved radish (chye poh) and a generous dose of eggs, this greasy hawker staple is not the most healthy dish to have, but it certainly hits the spot when you’re having a cheat day.
Whether you’re a fan of the white (crispy on the outside and melt-in-your mouth on the inside) or the black (sweet, sticky and moist) version, check out our list of carrot cake stalls that have been given the thumbs up by our editors as well as food writers. The choices here will definitely satiate your cravings.
1. Original Changi Ten Mile Fried Carrot Cake at Bedok South Market & Food Centre
Photo: Joy Fang
“It’s our family go-to for Chai Tow Kway — but we like it only when the original uncle cooks it because he’s got the magic touch. We also like the best of both worlds, so we order the black and white, a scrumptious combo of savoury and sweet. What’s special is that the sweetness is not cloying — he’s not overly heavy-handed on the dark sweet sauce; and the savoury “white” version balances the sweetness. Always pay for extra chye poh for a nice crunch and saltiness. — Barbara Koh, Editor-in-Chief, Singapore Women’s Weekly
Original Changi Ten Mile Fried Carrot Cake is at #01-32, Bedok South Market and Food Centre, Blk 16 Bedok South Road, Singapore 460016.
2. Green Sky Fried Kway Teow at Bedok Food Centre
“I don’t eat pork so I like that it’s a halal stall (but run by Chinese). Both versions have good wok hei (a charred aroma), and are moist. They aren’t oily as well. The white version has the right amount of crispness without being over-fried. The Char Kway Teow (fried flat rice noodles with eggs and more) there is amazing too, if you’re going for sharing plates with your family.” — Stephanie Yeo, Editor, Young Parents
Green Sky Fried Kway Teow is at #01-14, Bedok Food Centre, No. 1, Bedok Road, Singapore 469572.
3. Soon Lee Cooked Food at Haig Road Market
“I’ve been going there for my carrot cake fix since primary school. The auntie even used to throw in an extra prawn for me, but she stopped after I grew taller than her (laughs). The black variation is my personal favourite. It’s sweet and fluffy, and isn’t greasy at all. I brought a friend there for carrot cake recently and she finds it so good, she went back a couple of times on her own for more.” — Sophie Hong, Associate Editor, Cleo
Soon Lee Cooked Food is at #01-57, Haig Road Market and Food Centre, 14 Haig Road Singapore 430014.
4. Fried Kuay Teaw Mee at Seah Im Food Centre
“I love the carrot cake here because it’s cheap and so good. It has that wok-burnt taste, and just a plate of the smallest portion is really satisfying when you want something savoury. — Melissa Chew, Associate Beauty Editor, Her World Plus.
Fried Kuay Teaw Mee is at #01-26, Seah Im Food Centre, 2 Seah Im Road, Singapore 099114.
5. 618 Sim Carrot Cake
“I love my carrot cake crispy, more than slightly charred, and aromatic, and this stall ticks all the right boxes. The generous dollop of preserved turnip at the side is just a bonus — what I love about it is the smoky wok hei and the soft and fluffy bits of cake that disappear the moment it goes into your mouth. Every bite is satisfyingly good. The long wait can be annoying though, especially on weekends. So go only if you’re feeling patient.” — Joy Fang, Associate Editor, Digital Trending Desk
618 Sim Carrot Cake is at #01-3230, Blk 618 Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 760618.
6. Chey Sua Carrot Cake
“Instead of chunky pieces, the carrot cake here is done more like a crispy “carrot cake omelet”, if you will, so you get the delicious crisp edges as well as soft, fragrant bits of carrot cake. Their chilli, which leans towards the sweeter side, is smeared onto the beautifully browned pieces. The combination of sweet-spicy Chilli with savoury eggy goodness is just addictive.” — Xie Huiqun, food writer
Chey Sua Carrot Cake is at #02-30, Block 127, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310127.
7. Fu Ming Cooked Food at Redhill Food Centre
“I like the black carrot cake at this stall. The version here is nice and smoky with delicious charred bits. The texture is excellent as they steam it from scratch before frying in the wok with chye poh and black sauce. The prices are quite reasonable too, and gets you a decent portion.” — Priyanka C. Agarwal, food writer
Fu Ming Cooked Food is at #01-49, Redhill Food Centre, Blk 85 Redhill Lane, Singapore 150085.