After seeking out some of the best fried carrot cake or chai tow kway around the island, we’ve narrowed down our favourite stalls. For us, a satisfying carrot cake should be well-fried, soft and smooth, but still with a good bite. It should have a balance of flavour, with a touch of ‘wok hei’ alongside welcome crispiness. We also love those versions with a generous portion of egg (fried so well that it forms a golden crust) and a sprinkling of crunchy chai poh or preserved radish. Most of these stalls are open only in the morning, so make your way there early to avoid disappointment.
Bee Bee Carrot Cake, 50A Marine Terrace, #01-275
This food centre is usually packed so you may have to jostle (or share) tables with other diners. Regulars love this place for its well-balanced carrot cake. We like the black version better, which is not too sweet, yet flavourful. The caramelised radish cake is perked up with a touch of chilli and chopped spring onion. The stall closes before noon.
Good Luck BBQ, Toa Payoh Lorong 8, Block 210, #01-13
The white carrot cake stands out for its superb depth of flavour, crispy edges and alluring wok hei. A generous scattering of chai poh lends crunch and an extra dimension to this consistently good dish. The black version is equally delicious. A hand-written sign displayed at the stall states that the carrot cake is only sold in the morning and “peak hour waiting time is 15-20minutes”. Head there early if you don’t want to wait too long in the queue.
Bee Kee Fried Carrot Cake, Geylang Bahru Food Centre, Block 69, #01-2759
A favourite among many carrot cake fans, this stall is opened from 7am to 2pm. The generously portioned radish cake is quite soft yet has a nice bite. We particularly enjoyed the black version. The stallholder who has been dishing out chai tow kway for a couple of decades will sadly will be closing his stall in three months’ time when the hawker centre undergoes renovation. So if you are craving for excellent old school chai tow kway, don’t miss out on this.
Ghim Moh Carrot Cake, ABC Brickworks Food Centre Stall 140
Although the husband and wife running this ABC Brickworks stall have moved back to the renovated Ghim Moh Food Centre where they were originally based, this outlet is still being managed by their son. It is one of the few stalls in Singapore that still make their own radish cake from scratch. Their house-made version gives the overall dish a more robust texture unlike the smooth mass-produced type. The white version comes in rather large slabs with a heaps of egg and chilli. The black version which comes in smaller, chopped up pieces is nicely caramelised.
Fu Ming Carrot Cake, Redhill Food Centre, Redhill Lane Block 85, #01-49
This stall sells its carrot cake from 4pm onwards. So if you are hankering for chai tow kway in the evenings, swing by this popular spot. We were there on a weekday and there were plenty of tables after 7pm. The texture of the carrot cake is soft and bouncy. Overall it is well-fried, with a good amount of chilli and subtle wok hei.
This story was originally published in The Peak.