Fried Carrot Cake is a food that is commonly available in Singapore. It is a food that you can eat at any time of the day – whether it is for breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper. Fried carrot is made of white radish, rice and flour. There are 2 versions of carrot cake – the black sweet version and the white version which is mostly salty in taste. Both versions uses eggs; and the carrot cakes are cut into small pieces and sprinkle with chopped small spring onions; while chilli is optional.
Most of the white version fried carrot cake that are sold here by different vendors, are with too much salt and quite greasy in taste. There is one hawker who does it with less salt and oil, which to me is the best carrot cake. Many of us are aware of that a high salt content food is bad for health. Excess consumption of salt can cause high blood pressure and heartburn. I just wonder why still many food sellers still add so much salt in preparing their food? I am put off by food that is with too much salt, sugar or oil in it.
It took about 20 minutes before I got my plate of Fried Carrot Cake. Like all good food, if you want it, then you have to join the queue and wait for your turn.But the wait is worth it if you are patient enough. This plate of Chai Tow Kway or Fried Carrot Cake only cost $3/= and it is enough to serve 2 persons. It is crispy on the outer layer but moist and soft inside. You can just keep eating it because it is not greasy and with little salt flavor. My friends tell me this food is high in cholesterol, so I am eating it in moderation. I think one of the best way to eat it is to buy a plate is share it with someone. The drink that compliment this food well is lime, lemonade, fruit juices or ice cold beer.
Now if you want to try it – it is at the temporary hawker center that is beside the Bugis MRT station. I can’t remember the stall name. But not to worry, go there in the evening about 6 pm and when you see a long queue of people at a fried carrot cake stall, this is it. So go there and try it….. it is worth the trip.
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I could not believe it when one of my friend told me that there is a food stall at Bugis that operates from 5pm and closes before 7pm. This means that this food outlet only operates for less than 2 hours. How can a food stall make a profit from such short operating hours, I am puzzled. And what kind of food is this food stall operator selling? So I decided that I should find out by going there on a Saturday afternoon.
I reached there about 5 pm and saw a long queue forming in front of the food stall. So I have to join the queue in order to buy the food. I saw that there are many people buying for eating in as well as take away. The stall operator is selling glutinous rice, yam cake, and peanut porridge. I think there may be other items as well, but I couldn’t see them. Despite the long queue, the service was fast as I saw 3 persons at the stall attending to customers. At last, it was my turn to order, I ordered one plate of glutinous rice and also a plate of yam cake. The lady stall holder told me that the glutinous rice is now insufficient to fill up a plate. So she suggested a combination of both – glutinous rice and yam cake. I agree as there is no better alternative. I wonder how can glutinous rice be sold out in less than an hour?
After getting the food and placed it in a small tray, I walked to find a empty table and chair to try out this meal. The glutinous rice was really nice. I like the firm texture of the rice and the peanut topping was crispy. For the yam cake, it was delicious as well. Chilli and sweet sauce is optional, but I opted in for both – just to try them all. Personally if I have to make one choice – then it will be the glutinous rice. Many stall holders who are selling glutinous rice are selling it at average or below par quality. This glutinous rice is really good traditional style quality.
After finishing my food and fruit drink, it was about 6.20pm in the evening. I walked to the stall again and there was not even a single customer in front of the stall. As I reached the stall, I saw the stall operators cleaning up the stall, all the food have been sold out. My goodness, all these food are gone in less than 2 hours. I am determined to be back soon to try the peanut porridge and to see if there are other food items on the menu. Also I think I haven’t eaten enough of the glutinous rice – as I was given only 1/2 portion as it was sold out.
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