Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow has been the stall that I’ve always wanted to try – but it’s closed on each of my visit. Today, I got lucky. I finally got to taste this local favourite of mine. The unique Fried Kway Teow, or Char Kway Teow.
Located at Old Airport Road Food Centre, it’s always buzzing with the lunch crowd masses. When I got here today, there was already a queue for Dong Ji’s Char Kway Teow.
The wait itself, was unbelievably long, almost about 20 minutes for a line of about 8 people in front of me. Turns out that the cook takes her time to prepare the dish one customer at a time. What an inefficient way, I thought.
Still, it probably means that the cook prepares each dish wholeheartedly. It could be a good sign, if I’m going to think positively about the wait. I decided long ago while queuing that I should get the $4 version of the Fried Kway Teow (with prawns and eggs) ($3/$4).
At last, my hunger could barely contain waiting any longer. Presenting to you, Singapore’s omnipresent local dish – the Fried Kway Teow.
Smells good, feels good. Sorry Gold 905. Anyway, at first glance, I like the charred texture of the fish cake. Not a fan of fish cakes, but some charred sweet bits will be good to it. After multiple hasty shots for the ‘gram, it’s time to dig in.
The dish contains sliced Chinese sausages, cockles, prawns, fish cakes, spring onions, bean sprouts, eggs, and the flat rice cake noodles.
Meh. That’s my first impression of it. Certain parts were delicious. Certain parts were really bland. The chilli was concentrated on one end. Clearly, the cook didn’t mix the Kway Teow well.
There was a little hint of sweetness from the black sauce, but nothing salty or savoury about it. It had promise. But it was just not worth the 20-minute wait for me.
The prawns are small, yet juicy and fresh. If there’s any consolation, it’s that the prawns were good here.
There were plenty of eggs, though. The eggs were fluffy and sweet, just what I like the most.
In summary, I thought that the dish is supposed to taste sweet and savoury, with plenty of ingredients to put a smile on your face. However, Dong Ji’s Kway Teow was not up to my expectations.
A cross-check with many reviews online turned out to be very positive. Maybe I just had an unlucky plate, or something. I’d definitely be back to try this dish again, so stay tuned!