Hawker delicacies are aplenty in Singapore, and perhaps one of the most popular local dishes is Char Kway Teow, and for a very good reason too! The combination of dark sweet sauce, pork lard and the fragrant and flavourful wok hei make this dish delightfully sinful yet satisfying. Every char kway teow stall is unique on its own and you won’t find two that taste exactly the same. If you’re on the hunt for the best char kway teow in Singapore, here are 30 that won’t let you down!
With more than 50 years of experience, you are guaranteed to get a delectable plate of char kway teow here. Hai Kee’s version of char kway teow is bursts with cockles and pork lard and despite the long queues, each portion is cooked individually to maintain flavour and consistency. The dish is well balanced with wok hei and sweetness, and the secret behind what makes this char kway teow so good is the water from the cockles, which binds with the egg to create a slippery and messy-looking plate that is irresistible in appeal and flavour.
Address: 11 Telok Blangah Cres, #01-102, Singapore 090011
Opening Hours: 4:30–9 PM Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
A Bib Gourmand stall, some say that Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow is the best in town, and they have the crowd to prove it! A mouth-watering mix of ingredients infused with a wok hei char, this plate of yummy goodness is cooked in two stages. Flat rice noodles and yellow noodles are fried once, then a second time with the rest of the ingredients and dark soya sauce to give the noodles an intense, savoury-sweet flavour.
Address: 20 Ghim Moh Rd, #01-19, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM–2 PM Tues, Thurs, Sat. Closed Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Right at the entrance of Zion Riverside Food Centre, you'll find No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow. Listed in the Michelin Guide Singapore with a Michelin Plate, this stall was even patronised by PM Lee! Every plate is cooked to individual order here, so you can be assured that you'll receive a piping hot plate each time. Springy and full of wok hei, this char kway teow is bound to leave you wanting more!
Address: 70 Zion Rd, #01-17, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 12–9 PM Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
A queue-commanding stall at 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Hawker Centre, Cockle Fried Kway Teow is run by an old couple. Each plate of fried kway teow has an alluring smoky flavour and the pork lard offers a crunch amongst the slippery kway teow, along with lup cheong (Chinese sausages), cockles, eggs and beansprouts. They also serve White Kway Teow, which is fried kway teow without the usual dark soy sauce.
Address: 75 Lor. 5 Toa Payoh, #01-08, Singapore 310075
Opening Hours: 5–11 PM, Wed to Sat. Closed Sun to Tues.
Hougang Oyster Omelette & Fried Kway Teow is well known for their oyster omelette, but they dish out a CKT that is also worth trying! Their rendition of char kway teow is on the lighter end. Prepared wet-style, the dish is served with lup cheong (Chinese sausage), fish cake, and cockles, and you get a hint of sweetness from the dark sauce with an undertone of wok hei.
Address: 435A Hougang Ave 8, Singapore 531435
Opening Hours: 11 AM–7 PM Wed to Sun
Said to be one of the most underrated char kway teow in Singapore, Day Night Fried Kway Teow puts a slightly modern twist to an old-school dish. This plate of char kway teow is different from the rest thanks to its use of narrow kway teow instead of its broader counterpart. The dish is a well-balanced mix of sweet, savoury and tangy with a mild wok hei flavour, and some call it a mix between char kway teow and pad thai!
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-41, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 9:30 AM–5:30 PM Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
The owner-chef of 786 Char Kway Teow is a Muslim convert and a former Chinese banquet chef before striking out to sell halal char kway teow. Incorporating techniques that he picked up from his background, the char kway teow here has a unique wok hei flavour imparted by his cooking method. Made with no pork and lard, he relies on a secret blend of seasonings and sauces to amp up the flavours. Together with the fried egg, beansprouts, cockles, fish cake and some homemade chilli, this is one char kway teow everyone should try.
Address: 115 Bukit Merah View, #01-28, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 12–8 PM Sat to Thurs. Closed on Fri
Hock Huat Fried Kway Teow only has one item on their menu and their char kway teow draws in a queue. Charred to perfection with subtle hints of chilli, scattered abundantly between the flat noodles are the usual suspects: lup cheong (Chinese sausage), fish cake, bean sprouts and bits of fried egg. The dish also seems less oily than other CKTs out there, making it extremely light and easy to chow down!
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-37, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM–3:30 PM Mon to Wed, Fri & Sat. Closed Thurs & Sun
Bukit Timah Food Centre houses a whole host of great local food, and Lian Seng Fried Kway Teow is one of them. This char kway teow is on the drier side, with a mixture of kway teow and yellow noodles, eggs, bean sprouts, vegetables, fish cake and cockles. It is slightly sweet with a good wok hei, and certainly hits the right spot.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-172, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11 AM–8 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Want something out of the ordinary? Dancing Char Kway Teow serves char kway teow with options for the usual fried egg or something unusual: soft-boiled egg! And to make it healthier, the owner doesn’t use lard and lup cheong. Instead, he uses vegetarian sausage and chicken ham, along with the thinner rice noodle which is more commonly used for Penang-style CKT. And to boost the umami, chye poh is added to the garlic. Lastly (and perhaps most importantly), the stall is famous because the owner is known for dancing while frying up your char kway teow!
Address: 79 Circuit Rd, #01-19, Singapore 370079
Opening Hours: 1–9 PM Mon to Fri. Closed Sat & Sun
Lai Heng Char Kway Teow whips up wet and delicious Char Kway Teow with the usual fare of Chinese sausage, beansprouts and cockles. It has a robust wok hei, which is the hallmark of a perfect char kway teow. What also sets Lai Heng apart from CKT stalls is that they also specialise in perfectly grilled and spicy Otah. Somehow this unlikely duo just works together!
Address: 590 Upper Thomson Rd, #01-15, Singapore 574419
Opening Hours: 11 AM–10 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
One of the most famous char kway teow in Singapore, this Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient has a queue that usually snakes around the stall! Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee is every bit deserving of the hype. Smooth and silky noodles, moist but not greasy, a perfect mix of sweetness and umami, every plate is fried to wok hei perfection. It's not hard to see why this stall ranks high amongst local Singaporeans.
Address: 531A Upper Cross St, #02-17, Singapore 051531
Opening Hours: 6 AM–3 PM Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
With two outlets in Singapore, Hill Street Fried Kway Teow is touted as an all-time favourite for many Singaporeans. Constantly attracting long queues, Hill Street Fried Kway Teow is one of the best places for this sinful treat. A mixture of kway teow and yellow noodles accompanied by the perfect amount of pork lard crisps, cockles and Chinese sausage slices, this is truly a remarkable concoction of flavours.
Address: Multiple outlets
When we think of Char Kway Teow, popular stalls like Zion Road Fried Kway Teow and Hill Street Fried Kway Teow probably come to mind. But there’s a hidden gem that you should definitely try out that’s tucked away at Ang Mo Kio. Ang Mo Kio Fried Kway Teow has been in business for almost 40 years and continues to serve up scrumptious char kway teow to the residents in the area, drawing in a queue as soon as they open! Compared to your other char kway teow, AMK’s version has a much darker shade and sweeter notes thanks to its special dark soy sauce.
Address: 724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, #01-22, Singapore 560724
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM–3 PM Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Hidden in a corner of Havelock Cooked Food Centre and helmed by a father and daughter team, Meng Kee Fried Kway Teow is said to be well worth the calories. Fried in a sweet and savoury dark sauce and served with Chinese sausage, bean sprouts, fish cakes, egg and cockles, this stall delivers a char kway teow that is simply delectable.
Address: 22A Havelock Rd, #01-07, Singapore 161022
Opening Hours: 9 AM–2:45 PM Mon to Fri, 9 AM–5 PM Sat. Closed on Sun
Feng Ji has been serving up plates of char kway teow for over 30 years. The style is moist but not wet with a good wok hei, and a plate comes with beansprouts, egg, fish cake, Chinese sausage, fresh cockles and lard bits. While it might not be amongst the most popular char kway teow in Singapore, it is a reliable choice to quell any char kway teow cravings!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-45, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 10 AM–9 PM Wed to Sun. Closed Mon & Tues
Fried Kuay Teaw Mee is better known for their fried carrot cake, but they also dish up a delicious plate of char kway teow. The ingredients here are simple with just fishcakes, beansprouts and eggs, but what stands out the most is the rich wok hei fragrance. Their noodles also lean towards the drier side, so if this is what you prefer in your char kway teow, make sure to give them a try!
Address: 2 Seah Im Rd, #01-26, Singapore 099114
Opening Hours: 6 AM–4 PM daily
Offering both local and Penang char kway teow, owner Peter Lim picked up the ropes from one of the best char kway teow experts, working at a store beside Odeon Cinema in the late 60s. Located at Tanjong Pagar Plaza, the traditional mainstay black fried kway teow will satisfy with a profound wok-hei and umami lard bits, while the Penang white fried kway teow surprises with a savoury take and tinge of spicy-tangy chilli notes.
Address: 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-05, 081006 Singapore
Joo Chiat Place Fried Kway Teow has been around since the 1950s, and their CKT is based on a family recipe. If you love a strong, discernible wok hei, you definitely have to try this, and just from a whiff, you’ll be able to tell that it has been cooked on a well-seasoned wok. We definitely recommend opting for the spicy option, as that adds a fair bit of kick and another layer of flavour!
Address: 59 Joo Chiat Pl, Singapore 427783
Opening Hours: 11 AM–7:30 PM daily
This stall doesn’t actually have a name, so customers fondly named it after its unit number, Stall 28. This stall offers a variety of Singapore’s best-known wok-fried dishes, such as char kway teow, hokkien prawn mee, carrot cake and oyster omelette. Superbly fried with a rich wok hei flavour, the delicious kway teow is remarkably savoury and sweet. They are also open till late so you can satisfy your CKT cravings any day of the week!
Address: 271 Onan Rd, #02-28, Singapore 424768
Opening Hours: 11.30–1.30 AM Mon to Fri, 10.30–1.30am Sat & Sun