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Calling out all lovers of white chai tow kway (carrot cake). Westies would probably say that He Zhong Carrot Cake (02-185) at Bukit Timah Food Centre is one of the best stalls for carrot cake in the West.

Unlike many stalls these days, they still make their own carrot cake in a separate unit. For those that aren’t familiar, carrot cake contains no carrots but only radish. Prices start from $2.50 and servings of $3/4/5 are available.

Waiting times of up to 20 minutes aren’t uncommon during peak hours. When you dig in, you’ll understand why it’s so popular. It’s very unique in its own way. Unlike other stalls, it’s cooked and served in such a way that it resembles a chunky pancake.

Large rectangular blocks of steamed carrot cake are fried with chai poh (preserved radish) and a copious amount of egg batter is added while cooking to hold the blocks together. Blocks of carrot cake are stacked on top of each other before it’s served to you.

So what’s the taste profile like? Crispy on the outside, soft and springy on the inside. Very light and not too oily. A strong eggy and garlicky taste as a result of the amount of eggs and some garlic used in the dish. It hits all the right notes.

Took me surprisingly long to try this stall! It recently relocated from another part of the hawker centre. Loved how fragrant the water cress soup ($3.50) was - it came with many pieces of pork ribs, and plenty of wolf berries! The soup was flavourful and not overtly salty. The steamed pork patty with mushroom ($3.80) was also a really good buy and great for sharing!

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Today’s hokkien mee was on point. Not dry nor overly wet. Chilli was fragrant and spicy. Well balanced with the sourness of the lime.

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The dish is spot on with a deep broth flavour, well cooked noodle mixture and good seasoning. The queue can be quite long as the cook prepares each batch of several portions separately, but you can observe him in action. It’s quite amazing to see how he manages a wok full of noodles with hands. Portion size varies at 4, 6 or 8 dollars and the amount of seafoods (prawns, squids) are more accordingly.

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Saw another table eating this and it looked really good. Can't remember the stall number but it was run by an elderly couple selling fried bee hoon and fried kway teow. Really simple ingredients, but big on flavour.

Price: $3

#halfeatenblog #bukittimah #charkwayteow #noodles #burpple

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Tried their yong tau foo previously and had written the stall off. But this spinach soup ($3.50 + $0.50 for rice) impressed me so much!! First of all, the portion is huuuge. And secondly, the soup was so fragrant! It was filled with the requisite spinach, mushrooms and wolf berries. The prawns were sweet and succulent. Was also surprised to find chunks of minced meat inside, all seasoned well! This might become my go-to meal at the hawker centre 🥳

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